Following the tragic shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando Sunday morning that left 50 dead and 53 wounded, celebrities took to Twitter to offer their support for the LGBT community and to speak out against gun rights.
Among the first to weigh in on the conversation was outspoken celebrity-blogger-turned-celebrity, Perez Hilton.
If you do not support #GunReformNOW in America, then please unfollow me and block me and continue enabling murderers! YOU SICK FUCKS!!!!— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) June 12, 2016
Hilton also retweeted lead singer for The 1975, Matthew Healy, after the musician slammed Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick for posting a Bible verse Healy presumed to be an attack on the LGBT community in light of Sunday's massacre. Patrick's tweet has since been deleted.
The Lieutenant Governor of Texas is trash!!!!! I pic.twitter.com/ilrFGMH2vj— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) June 12, 2016
Others had less aggressive reactions to the tragedy. Italian-American bassist Paolo Gregoletto simply asked praying members of the LGBT community to pray for the victims.
Talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres had trouble finding words to express her grief:
Sobbing.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 12, 2016
Gay singer Troye Sivan used no words at all:
— Troye Sivan (@troyesivan) June 12, 2016
Puerto Rican fashion model Joan Smalls voiced her support to her 229,000 Twitter followers.
My heart pours out to all the victims and families of those who endured this horrific act in Orlando. #LGBT I'm so heartbroken.— Joan Smalls (@joansmalls) June 12, 2016
Inna Shevchenko, leader of the international topless women's activism movement, FEMEN, declared, "Homophobia kills!"
Fashion blogger Susie Bubble posted rainbow hearts to show her solidarity before declaring that she had "officially reached an absolute zero tolerance" of the Second Amendment.
In response to tweets like those listed above, conservative Charlie Kirk, who serves as the director of Turning Point USA, suggested that liberals are fighting the wrong enemy. According to Kirk, it's radical Islamic jihadism, not guns, that people should be working to eradicate.
In Muslim majority countries #LGBT people have no rights. Some are hung and killed. Liberals must realize Islam does not respect gays.— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 12, 2016
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