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On Tuesday afternoon, a truck plowed into pedestrians on a bike path in New York City, prior to slamming into a school bus full of kids.
This horrible incident took place very close to the World Trade Center memorial site.
A suspect has been arrested for killing eight people and injuring 11 more, as celebrities from across the country have taken to social media in order to express their shock, horror and sympathy.
Here's a look at what many of them had to say:
1. Taylor Swift
2. Sam Smith
3. Hillary Clinton
4. Barack Obama
5. Josh Groban
6. Lin-Manuel Miranda
We know that Britney Spears isn’t afraid of crowds or public appearances. She just took her sons to Disneyland for their birthdays, right there among countless other visitors.
Massive tragedies have a way of frightening us to our core, however. The Las Vegas terrorist shooting, which claimed 59 lives and wounded 527, had to be especially rattling to a singer and performer who performs there.
But … is Britney going to end her residency in Vegas?
When that monster Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd at a Jason Aldean concert, he ended dozens of lives, changed hundreds of lives forever, and destroyed his own family.
But following any terrorist shooting, there’s a culture of fear that endures. That’s part of the point of terrorism.
Do you all remember your first trip to a movie theater after the Aurora shooting?
I’ll be honest — I still quickly scan the room for anyone who seems like they might be concealing something. I’ve yet to see someone carrying a large package into the theater, and I don’t know what I’d do if I did, but … it changes you.
The point is to still go, despite the fear — to fly (yeah, I remember what it was like to fly after 9/11, too) and see movies and go to school and take public transportation and do all of the things that you normally do.
Otherwise, the terrorists literally win. To a degree, anyway.
Stephen Paddock was a jerk who demeaned his girlfriend in public, gambled for a living (he may have had an alternative revenue stream — some speculate that he was either a card-counter or did some sort of smuggling on top of his better known fondness for poker), and stockpiled deadly weapons.
But we don’t know what motivated to commit this evil act or what beliefs he holds that were behind it.
Maybe we’ll find out and maybe we won’t, but the impact that this massacre has had upon people is very real.
And it also impacts celebrities.
According to RadarOnline, their source close to Britney Spears says that she is terrified that another shooting might take place.
“Britney is heartbroken, but she is also legitimately scared to go to Las Vegas to finish her show.”
That’s her Piece Of Me residency, which has been running for ages and is actually nearing its end.
“As of right now, she wishes she could get out of the remainder of her contract because she does not feel safe at all going back there and doing a show in front of a large crowd.”
Britney’s not one for stage fright, so it sounds like she’s terrified that her audience members — her fans — could become an appealing target for the next monster.
“In fact, she has been really freaking out about it. She is already a slightly paranoid person, but this whole thing has gotten her and her family extremely concerned for her safety.”
Remember that Britney is also a mother. Jayden and Sean Preston don’t want to lose their mom.
“Several of Britney’s dancers are just ready to quit now. No one on her show really feels that secure about resuming the residency after what happened.”
That kind of thinking is normal after a tragedy.
“She is in talks right now with the casino to see if there is a solution. If she doesn’t postpone the show then she is going to require quadruple the security, at least.”
More security never hurts. You can’t plan for everything, but you can do your best.
That is so sad to hear.
If true, Britney isn’t the only one who feels that way.
Jason Aldean has canceled shows following the massacre.
And so has Jennifer Lopez.
While Jason Aldean’s audience was the target, Jennifer Lopez is clearly concerned about what many people are concerned about right now:
They say that the safest time to fly is right after a well-publicized plane crash.
This is when pilots and everyone responsible for plane safety are at their most alert.
In some ways, people are at their most alert for a shooting after a mass shooting.
But that additional caution also comes with the risk of a copycat trying to enact something similar, having been “inspired” by an existing massacre.
We understand Britney’s fears.
Her shows are legendary and incredible, but it’s always smart to put safety first.
Early this morning, news broke of a horrifying mass shooting in Las Vegas, one that is now the largest mass shooting in modern American history.
Current estimates list more than 50 dead victims and more than 400 people injured by the gunman, who opened fire from his hotel room and unleashed terror and death upon the innocents below.
We still know only a limited amount of information about 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, the shooter who has been identified as having committed this terrorist act before reportedly taking his own life.
But you don't need to know why people were massacred to reach out and share prayers and condolences.
Some people, celebrities included, went to bed before the news broke. Some of them still haven't awoken to learn what has happened.
We've seen people tweeting about this as soon as they awoke this morning.
Some tweeted last night, when this was still an active shooter situation. Social media spreads information very, very quickly.
A lot of celebrities have spoken out, even so early in the morning. Including Jason Aldean, whose show has been playing so very close to where the shooting took place.
1. Barack Obama
2. Jason Aldean
3. Chloe Grace Moretz
4. Kourtney Kardashian
5. Paris Jackson
6. Celine Dion
Mariah Carey is no stranger to awkward situations.
Typically, however, the singer herself is the cause of these incidents, such as the time she forgot the words to her own song during a performance on New Year's Eve last year.
On Monday morning, however, Carey could not be blamed for the unfortunate circumstance in which she found herself.
The singer was speaking to Good Morning Britain hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about her upcoming tour when news of the awful Las Vegas shooting broke.
As previously reported, this terrorist act took place at a Jason Aldean concert and took the lives of at least 50 people.
It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Morgan and Reid heard about it during the live interview and immediately turned to Carey for a response, despite the artist obviously not having been privy at all to the same information.
She sat silent and stunned at first after Morgan asked for her comment.
But after hearing about what transpired, Carey said it was "awful" and added:
"I pray for the victims and hope all these can stop as soon as possible. You know, I have spent a lot of time in Vegas and this type of thing happening anywhere is a huge tragedy. I continue to pray for the victims.
"I hope we have an end to this as soon as possible."
It didn't help that Carey was lying on a sofa, in front of a Christmas tree, wearing a fancy gown.
This wasn't her fault, of course, she was appearing on the program to promote a holiday tour. But Twitter took note of the terrible optics.
"So tasteless breaking the Vegas news to Mariah Carey live on TV, shame on you," wrote one critic, while another added:
"How could Mariah Carey or any of her team not know about Las Vegas b4 goin live on @GMB ?? Not fair on her or anyone to be told live on tv!"
Shortly after the Q&A aired, Carey wrote the following on Twitter:
"Horrified to hear about the shooting in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Praying for everyone's safety."
Watch the very awkward interview segment below:
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