Celebrities call for support, prayers for Paris
MANILA, Philippines – Following news of the devastating attacks on Paris Friday, November 13, many took to social media to call for prayers and express support for the victims and the city’s residents. (READ: Over 120 killed in Paris attacks)
That night, there was a series of attacks on several locations across Paris, which left more than a hundred people dead.
The deadliest of the attacks was Bataclan, a music venue where the rock band Eagles of Death Metal was having a concert. There, more than 100 people were killed in a mass shooting and hostage-taking. (READ: Fears for US band caught up in Paris siege)
Eagles of Death Metal has since issued a statement on Facebook, saying, “We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”
Later, there was an update in the comments on the post, saying that the wife of drummer Julian Dorio told The Washington Post that the band members are safe: “We are just holding our breath and saying prayers for everyone. He called to say that he loved me and he was safe. Everyone on stage was able to get off,” she said.
Julian’s brother, Michael Dorio, also spoke to CNN. He said that he spoke to Julian 20 to 30 minutes after the attack. He told CNN, "He said he had been performing and heard the gunshots. They stopped playing and hit the deck and went backstage and exited.”
Meanwhile, David Ian Hughes, the brother of frontman Jesse Hughes, also posted on Facebook, assuring that the band was safe.
Among those who called for prayers and support for Paris are famous French personalities and icons, and those who hold the city close to their hearts.
French actress Marion Cotillard sent out a message on Instagram, which translates to, “All my love to my city, my country, to our world, to those who lost their lives that night, to those who were injured, their families. All my love against terror, against madness.”
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a French singer and wife of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, also expressed how she felt about the situation on Instagram.
(Always for peace! No to violence! Mourning!)
Paris is known as one of the world's great fashion capitals. Among those who called for attention on the situation are designers, brands, and models.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all in Paris. Stay safe. We love you.— Marc Jacobs (@marcjacobs) November 14, 2015
Paris. You welcomed me w/ open arms so many years ago. Today, my arms embrace you & my head bows & prays for you. Je t'aime. #PrayForParis— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) November 14, 2015
The drawing of the Eiffel Tower that people have been reposting is by French artist Jean Jullien, who simply captioned his work on Instagram, “Peace for Paris.”
On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Colbert said, "Folks, we end tonight’s show with a heavy heart because we taped all of tonight’s show and then we found out about the horrific attacks in Paris today. I know that not much is known right now. We do know there have been many deaths. The crisis is still ongoing.
“President Hollande has declared a state of emergency and President Obama has promised the United States will do whatever it takes to bring those terrorists to justice. We add our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Paris and now, we’ll see you on Monday.” After a breath, he said, “Goodnight.”
On the episode following the attacks, Saturday Night Live skipped their usual cold open. Instead, the cast paid tribute to the city, with Cecily Strong saying, "Paris is the City of Lights. And here in New York City, we know that light will never go out. Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you.”
Following the first show for his album Purpose, Justin Bieber posted this on Twitter:
Had a great first show but just heard about what happened in Paris. Thoughts and prayers with everyone #PrayForParis— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 14, 2015
Aside from her thoughts and prayers, actress, activist, and former fashion model Mia Farrow has been constantly retweeting news about the situation and how people in Paris can get help. One effort in particular, is Porte Ouverte (Open Door), which Parisians launched to offer shelter to anyone stranded in the city.
Thoughts and prayers with Paris now— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 13, 2015
#PorteOuverte is Twitter at its best during this horrific time.— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 13, 2015
taxi drivers in Paris are taking people home for free tonight HT France 24— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 13, 2015
State Department hotline for Americans in Paris- 011-202-501-444 In the U.S. -1-888-407-4747— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 14, 2015
Solidarity pic.twitter.com/9pYTaNzKgL— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 14, 2015
Other celebrities have also called attention on the situation and the efforts to help those in Paris.
Football player David Beckham posted a photo of Paris on Facebook, saying, "As the sun rises in this beautiful city we remember the people that have died and the families that have lost loved ones... Our thoughts are with you all..."
Singer Sam Smith expressed his sympathy on both Twitter and Instagram.
Tearful watching the news of what's happening in Paris. There is such evil in this world.— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) November 13, 2015
My heart and thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends of the victims and all the people in Paris tonight xxxx— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) November 13, 2015
Singer Katy Perry tweeted for prayers, and also retweeted a photo of Paris.
Guys, it's time to #PrayForParis right now.— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 13, 2015
Actor Mark Ruffalo, known for his work as the Hulk in Marvel's Avengers movies, posted his thoughts on Twitter, and retweeted ways to help the city’s residents.
Devastsing to see the loss of life in Paris. Love and hope to all, family and friends there. In solidarity with the good kind people there.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 14, 2015
Facebook has a safety check for people in Paris. https://t.co/NYqxjk3Th1— Amy Smith (@amysmithcbc) November 14, 2015
Don't allow this horrific act allow you to be drawn into the loss of your humanity or tolerance. That is the intended outcome. #ParisAttacks— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 14, 2015
Wow. Been at work all day and just now seeing what’s happening in Paris. So scary & sad. Praying now.— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) November 13, 2015
My prayers are with the people in Paris tonight. I pray for your safety and for your comfort.— P!nk (@Pink) November 13, 2015
Professional basketball player Lebron James sent out this tweet before a game.
As I get ready for my game I can't help but to think of the tragedy in Paris! My God what's up with people. Prayers sent to all the familes!— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 13, 2015
Actress Lindsay Lohan expressed her hope that France’s bordering countries weren’t affected as well. Her message came with a quote from philanthropist and former South African president Nelson Mandela: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
My prayers are going out to all that are scared in Paris right now. I truly pray and hope that the bordering countries are not purged on as well for whatever kind of war these people are trying to create. I will pray for everyone in the world tonight. We are meant to live and love. Not to fight. #NOMORETERRORISM #unitednations #2025 #LL
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- US band caught up in Paris attacks reported safe
- Witnesses tell of 'bloodbath' at Paris rock concert
- Shock, horror for 80,000 fans at Stade de France after Paris attacks
- French search for friends, shelter online after Paris attacks
Global, social media reactions
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- Pope Francis on Paris attacks: 'This is not human'
- Aquino: 'Philippines stands shoulder to shoulder with France'
- 'This time it's war:' French press react with horror to attacks
- World mourns and condemns attacks in Paris
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