Madonna Breaks Down in Tears During Show as She Leads Tributes to Paris Victims
Following the senseless acts of violence in Paris over the weekend, tributes from across the world are pouring in.
On Saturday night at a concert in Stockholm, Sweden, Madonna was in tears as she spoke on stage: “Why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying for their loved ones.
I was going to cancel my show tonight. And then I thought, ‘Why should I let them? Why should they stop me, stop us from enjoying our freedom?”
U2 were scheduled to perform in Paris on Saturday night, not far from Le Bataclan where the attack during an Eagles of Death Metal concert took place. The Irish band cancelled their stadium gig which was set to be broadcast around the world on HBO.
Speaking to Ireland’s RTE, singer Bono called the attack “the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so-called War on Terror." He continued: "it’s very upsetting. These are our people... The cold-blooded effect of this slaughter is deeply disturbing and that's what I can't get out of my head.”
A memorial was set up for the slain Eagles of Death Metal merchandise seller who was killed in the attack. Nearly $60,000 has been raised in a fund set up for Nick Alexander.
In a statement on a GoFundMe campaign, Alexander’s family said: “Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world. Thank you for your thoughts and respect for our family at this difficult time. Peace and light."
On Monday morning, the owners of Le Bataclan released a statement saying: “No words can express the level of sadness we feel. Our thoughts go to the victims, to those injured and to their loved ones,"
Chers amis ... pic.twitter.com/tnGDFUZZin— Le Bataclan (@le_bataclan) November 16, 2015
It was silence on Monday morning on the usually raucous New York Stock Exchange, as it became a tribute to the dead and wounded in Paris.
On Live with Kelly and Michael the dynamic morning duo had somber start to their show.
The French national anthem has become an international anthem as people around the world sing the song written over 200 years ago as a protest against tyranny.
The anthem was played before nearly every NHL, NBA, NFL games across America as well as soccer matches throughout Europe.
Over the weekend, late night TV paid their tributes to what happened in ‘The City of Light’ and tried to make sense of a senseless act.
Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong opened the show with a heartfelt message in English and French.
On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver didn’t hold back his feelings: “It helps to be on HBO where those things can be said without restraint.”
He then said: “First, as of now, we know this attack was carried out by gigantic f***** ass***** Unconscionable, flaming ass****, possibly working with other f**** ass**** definitely working in service of an ideology of pure a*****. Second, and this goes almost without saying, f*** these ass*****. F*** them, if I may say, sideways.”
Oliver then said that the French will “endure” because “If you’re in a war of culture and lifestyle with France, good f**** luck.”
On Real Time with Bill Maher, the host asked: “I’m going to ask you this question that people asked on 9/11. Why do they hate us?” Following a moment of defining silence, the host said: “I’ve stumped the panel again.”
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