Both Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez are sharing heartfelt messages in honor to the victims of the horrific mass shooting that took place at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12.
Both Spears and Lopez, who are both currently enjoying residencies at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, took to their respective Instagram accounts following the Orlando tragedy, and both Britney and Jennifer described the horrific incident as being an attack against all of humanity.
Jennifer was first to share her sentiments regarding the attack on social media shortly before Britney, taking to Instagram on June 13 to post an emotional message alongside an image of the flag of the United States and the rainbow flag.
“Attacks on ANY person based on race, sexuality, or religious beliefs is an attack on ALL humanity,” Jennifer told her more than 46 million followers on the photo sharing site following the horrific incident in Orlando, which The Telegraph is reporting left 49 people dead and 53 more injured.
“Acts of terror & hatred have no place in a loving civilized world. This has to stop,” Jennifer continued in her heartfelt message, before Lopez noted that she was “praying for enlightenment for us all to find a solution.”
“My heart and prayers are with all of the families and friends who have lost a loved one in Orlando,” Lopez concluded.
Britney Spears, Jennifer’s fellow Las Vegas diva, shared a similar sentiment on her own Instagram page shortly after Lopez posted her message, in which Spears also claimed that the Orlando mass shooting was more than an attack on the LGBT community.
“I have not been able to find words to express how I feel about what happened in Orlando,” Spears wrote in her emotional tribute posted on the social media site on June 13.
“Music and dance take me to a wonderful, happy, safe place… and for this to happen in a place where people enjoy those things makes me so sad,” Britney continued, alongside a photo of a rainbow heart.
“This has to stop. We need to accept and love people for who they are,” Britney then added. “This is truly an attack against all of us, and I’m praying that we can join together and find a solution.”
Both Spears and Lopez have long been allies to the LGBT community, with Britney most recently hitting the headlines for conversing with an openly gay fan who told Spears that he was once close to suicide.
The fan, named David LeCours, took to Instagram to share a letter her received in response from Britney, in which Spears told LeCours that she was “very happy to hear about how courageous you’ve been about being openly gay.”
Britney Spears then added in the letter, “I’ve always been told as long as you know your heart that’s what matters most.”
Jennifer Lopez has also been outspoken in her support for the LGBT community throughout her lengthy career, even being awarded the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2014, which Lopez dedicated to her late Aunt.
“[Aunt Marisa] grew up gay in a time when it mean life could be very difficult and that her struggles were mostly kept to herself,” Jennifer told the crowd at the event. “It wasn’t until I got older that I really began to know and appreciate all the difficulties she dealt with and the struggles of her community.”
“I also realized the quiet lessons I learned from my family about love, tolerance, and acceptance,” Lopez continued. “We loved her. That was all because of her. So I wanted to do this because I felt that she would be so proud of me.
“I thought about that a lot when I was doing this. And as I do now, I always think, I bet she would love this,” Jennifer added, “and I know she is proud of me and everybody here. She’s proud of all of us.”
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