“Love always wins in the end,” Justin Bieber shouts during the “One Love” Manchester benefit concert.
Ariana Grande’s benefit concert featured in BBC has been a success. After the bombing that happened during her concert last week, the singer wanted to do something for the people of Manchester.
Grande has also visited the victims of the attack. According to one of the fathers, she has been very authentic. The father of the child thought it was going to be a media stunt and that Grande would be a diva who would demand “no touching” and “no taking pictures,” but that was not the case. Grande has been extremely welcoming and she really spoke and bonded with the victims and their families.
The Manchester attack has been a reminder for us all.
“It’s all real. This is not a media or a political stunt. These threats are posed against us; to our society as a whole. And we need to stand together united, not divided.”
Journalists have been diligent now more than ever in covering the news, but we have to acknowledge the power and influence of different forms of media—in this case, the arts.
Music, film and other forms of artistic media are closer to our society. These are the media forms that talk to our humanity and not our logic. These are the honest, soulful expressions of what we feel, what we want and what we experience as a culture.
The “One Love” Manchester benefit concert has reminded not only the UK but the whole world of how powerful love is. This is the complete opposite of Donald Trump’s fear and hate messaging.
According to The Atlantic, fear has been the main driver of Trump’s campaign. The semantics of his rallies were full of word and phrases that makes people believe there is a threat.
“Fear pervades Americans’ lives—and American politics. Trump is a master of fear, invoking it in concrete and abstract ways, summoning and validating it. More than most politicians, he grasps and channels the fear coursing through the electorate.”hl
With this, Trump used fear and hate to empower his propaganda and win against Hillary Clinton. According to the 45th president of the United States, he will be the one who will end and fight these terrors against the American people.
“Countless innocent American lives have been stolen because our politicians have failed in their duty to secure our borders,” he said.”Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country. Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities. Many have witnessed this violence personally; some have even been its victims.”
So, even though Trump said this when he was still campaigning, his sentiments about fear remains the same. Just after the Manchester attack, Trump called out to reinstating the travel ban. Again, with the use of terror, Trump aims to reign in the public office.
But, if there’s one important lesson we should be getting from Grande’s benefit concert, it’s that there’s a right way to respond to terror and that is not to instigate more fear.
The concert was filled with beautiful songs about love and unity. There was even the popular songs from Black Eyed Peas Where Is The Love and Robbie Williams’ powerful rendition of Angels.
Grande and the team have been adamant in sending the right message to the public. Even though there is still a heightened security during the event, fans still showed up and people were seen supporting each other.
“The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out. We won’t let hate divide us. We won’t let hate win.”
The concert showed and proved to the world that “compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness” can win terror and that this is the right way to go.
[Featured Image by Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester]