Harry Styles and his mom, Anne Twist, nee Cox, have taken to social media to pay their condolences to those affected by the tragedy in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people murdered at the hands of Omar Mateen. Harry Styles’ mother also paid homage to Jo Cox, a British Member of Parliament (MP), who was murdered by Thomas Mair.
Oddly, both of these tragedies mourned by Harry Styles and Anne Twist have roots with America, hate groups, and mental illness.
Of course, it was a surprise to hear from Harry Styles on social media because he is taking on the role of actor now that One Direction is officially on a break. According to BitBag and others, Harry Styles is on location filming Dunkirk, while the rumors about Teen Wolf Season 6, Scream Queens, Wicked, or playing Mick Jagger are still unconfirmed.
In fact, the only reason Harry Styles has checked in on Instagram since he chopped off his ponytail and donated it to the Little Princess Trust was to post a picture of a rainbow in solidarity with those murdered at the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting on June 12.
Along with Harry Styles, his mother also posted on Twitter with a similar rainbow symbol of mourning for Orlando.
However, a few days later, on June 16, there was a tragedy that took place in England that shocked the population and Harry Styles’ mom, in particular.
Harry Styles’ mom had a good reason to be shocked about the death of Jo Cox because The Atlantic reports the event was considered out of the ordinary since her murderer was found to have racist, neo-Nazi materials from the United States at their home, according to Guardian.
Sadly, there are many similarities between the perpetrators of the incidents in Orlando and against MP Jo Cox.
For example, the Washington Post says that those that knew him described him as “apolitical” and writes the following about MP Jo Cox’s killer, Thomas Mair, from Harry Styles’ home country.
“[Thomas Mair] fits a pattern of far-right attacks. We’ve had a number of these lone wolves — men… who are on the periphery of these movements and who believe that the battle is coming. On the one hand, they’re on their own. But they’ve also been inspired by a lot of the things they read.”
Adding to this, Spiegel writes about how Omar Mateen, Thomas Mair, and other “lone wolf” terrorists are often perceived as “apolitical” and follow a pattern that makes them difficult to suss out by authorities.
In a similar report, the New York Times wrote that “[Omar Mateen’s father] and other family members said they were still puzzled why a young man who had never been particularly religious is now being tied to the Islamic State’s murderous ideology.”
In America and in the U.K., there are arguments centered around the incidents in Orlando and the murder of MP Jo Cox that ask for more gun control and mental health assessment changes, according to the New York Times.
Telegraph reports that Thomas Mair asked for mental health help a couple of days before he murdered Jo Cox.
Washington Post interviewed Omar Mateen’s wife, and she said that he was “unstable,” “volatile,” and her family had to “rescue” her from an abusive marriage.
The New York Times interviewed co-workers at Omar Mateen’s security job that said “[h]e was just agitated about everything. Always shaken. Always agitated. Always mad.”
Naturally, many Harry Styles fans know that he is very generous with charities and works hard for activism. Interestingly, according to Look To The Stars, Harry Styles and One Direction have donated or contributed to a large number of charities, but ones that focus on mental health or reducing gun violence are not on the list.
Could these incidents draw Harry Styles to finally choose a charity direction for his One Direction vacation that includes a focus on mental health awareness or violence prevention?
So far, since One Direction went on break in January, Harry Styles has promoted a few causes on social media and the Little Princess Trust is one of them.
On the other hand, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, Niall Horan has used a lot of his time after One Direction to raise millions for charity. Louis Tomlinson took time out from raising his new baby to play Soccer AID for UNICEF with Niall Horan.
Liam Payne has also made a point to join Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, as well as getting acquainted with his girlfriend, Cheryl’s, trust.
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