The world is in mourning after at least one white supremacist opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand, killing at least 41 people and seriously injuring around 20 more. The alleged killer, an Australian male in his late 20s, apparently left behind a 70-plus page manifesto filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim ideas. Police have four other people in custody in connection to the terror attack. Celebrities quickly took to social media to offer words of support to the community — express disgust.
After learning his name was supposedly mentioned during the rampage, Swedish YouTube star PewDiePie tweeted, “I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person.”
Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch.
I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person.
My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy.
— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ƿɿ૯ (@pewdiepie) March 15, 2019
John Legend called the killings “horrific,” writing the “white supremacist terrorist movement is so destructive here and abroad.”
The killings in New Zealand are so horrific and heartbreaking. This white supremacist terrorist movement is so destructive here and abroad. We need to unite against it.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 15, 2019
The new Voice coach added that while President Trump “didn’t cause all of this,” the president’s “rhetoric has certainly fueled and inspired these killers’ sick minds.”
The President of the US didn’t cause all of this. It’s been around well before his tenure. But his rhetoric has certainly fueled and inspired these killers’ sick minds. He needs to condemn this evil ideology and take real steps to fight it.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 15, 2019
Avengers star Mark Ruffalo also labeled white supremacy “a global enemy,” tweeting “these people are terrorists and must be treated as such.”
White supremacy is a global enemy and it must be stopped. It is a racist, Islamophobic, antisemitic, and completely deranged ideological view of the world. These people are terrorists and must be treated as such.
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— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 15, 2019
To the Muslim community— my heart is broken by the horror & loss in New Zealand. We are with you, we see you, and we will fight white supremacy and islamaphobia until we are all free of fear. #ChristchurchMosque
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) March 15, 2019
Nick Jonas, Melissa Joan Hart and other celebrities sent condolences as well.
Sending my thoughts and prayers out to New Zealand this morning. My heart is broken for the victims and all those effected by this horrible act of hate. 🙏🏼
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) March 15, 2019
My heart is with New Zealand this morning. Praying for the victims and their families. 💔
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) March 15, 2019
Christchurch. New Zealand. Muslims worldwide. Much love to you. ❤️
— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) March 15, 2019
New Zealand. I’m so sorry this has happened.
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) March 15, 2019
Horrified by the news of the mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Hate knows no boundaries, especially when so heavily armed. Thinking of the shattered lives and communities, where hundreds had gathered for Friday prayers.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 15, 2019
Hate has visited paradise. #NewZealand is one of the greatest places on earth, not only because the land is breathtaking, but more because the country is filled with the most loving people in the world.
— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) March 15, 2019
My heart hurts today. I mourn with the people of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Muslims all over the planet. It’s hard to fathom the depth of hate and cowardice that it takes to shoot people in prayer. I take this moment to recommit myself to working every day to end all violence.
— Michael Franti (@michaelfranti) March 15, 2019
So heart-wrenching to see what has just happened in Christchurch. May God bless the souls who came to the mosque to worship Him in peace. What madness is now spreading? May God’s Garden be their next stop. pic.twitter.com/eLLqXbSDfv
— Yusuf / Cat Stevens (@YusufCatStevens) March 15, 2019
As for Trump, he offered his “warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand.”
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
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