As part of its Stop The Hate campaign, 49 celebrities have joined The Human Rights Campaign in paying tribute to those slaughtered in the June 12th Orlando massacre. In the video, one celebrity at a time tells us something personal and unique about each shooting victim. They speak about who they loved, what their hobbies were, and what was intrinsically special to each individual.
Over 18 minutes, we learn a lot about those fallen. One victim was shielding her gay son from the bullets. One was a Pulse employee who had just overcome her drug addiction. Two of the victims who were in a long-term committed relationship owned a salon together. One was a newlywed who rarely frequented gay clubs. One was a described as a “momma’s boy at heart” despite all of his professional success.
Their stories are told by a variety of celebrities including Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Angela Bassett, Sofia Vergara, Laverne Cox, Kerry Washington, George Lopez, Evan Rachel Wood, Demi Lovato, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Stamos, Kathy Bates, Anna Paquin, and the list goes on and on.
Ryan Murphy, who directed the video, said: “The hate that stole these 49 individuals from all those who loved them has been allowed to flourish in our country for too long. We have an obligation as Americans to stand up against prejudice and bigotry that would incite violence against someone simply for who they are.”
You can watch the entire video below.