After a tragic bombing that occurred after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, tears and sadness ran throughout the entire world, reminiscing over the 22 victims among over 50 injured and many missing. Among these victims included the most vulnerable generation of the human populations: children; specifically, these were children trying to have the night of their lives at their favorite artist’s concert.
The morally disgusting, ISIS-proclaimed murderer, Salman Abedi, uniquely chose Ariana Grande’s concert knowing her younger demographic. In the days following the tragic attack in Manchester, we remember the lives of young girls, like 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, 18-year-old Georgina Bethany Callander, and many others. As many put it, Grande’s love for her fans of different genders, religions, ethnic backgrounds, races, orientations, body size, and ages is approximately what terror groups such as ISIS are directly against, for they are the epitome of a liberal western world. New York Times contributes,
Ms. Grande, 23, an American singer, attracts legions of young female fans to her concerts, chaperoned by parents. She has also broadened her fan base by promoting lesbian and gay rights and celebrating diversity — concepts that are antithetical to the Islamic State and similar jihadist extremist groups.
However, Arianators, including myself, will not let hatred and fear caused by terrorism and violent cowardice to overcome us and threaten our way of life. As a result, the human population just gets stronger and more united.
This idea of unity has already been seen all across the world, most prevalently in England, where Grande’s song, “One Last Time” has topped the charts despite its release in 2014.
“One Last Time,” with poignant lyrics such as,
as well as other lines that perfectly represent how Grande feels responsible somehow for the attack,
In honor of the Manchester bombing victims, “One Last Time” has become an anthem for broken Arianators and victims around the world, who tribute the song to the victims because being with Ariana was their one last time.
Thus, Arianators around the world gathered to bring “One Last Time” to the top of the UK Charts, which it did extremely quickly. Both the song and music video hit #1 on the UK Charts, a bittersweet action to commemorate the innocent lives that were lost by this act of cowardice.
Besides paying for the funerals of her fans and speaking directly to the families of the deceased, the proceeds of “One Last Time” this week will also go to the families of the victims in honor of their late loved ones.
Let us take this moment to be thankful for our lives and health and pay tribute to those whose lives were taken as a result of terrorism.