Randy Blythe on Manchester Terror Attack: The Human Race Has To Do Better Than This
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has spoken out on the terror attack that took place last night in Manchester, England at a concert by pop singer Ariana Grande, which at press time has 22 confirmed fatalities and at least 59 injured.
"I am so sick of reading headlines like this," he says in an Instagram post. "We as a race, THE HUMAN RACE, have to do better than this. A music concert is supposed to be a place where people gather to forget their problems for a few hours, not somewhere to roll the dice with your life."
According to reports, a single bomber - who died in the incident - detonated a device just outside the venue shortly after the concert ended at Manchester Arena, which is located about 200 miles north of London. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
"At times like this, I think the only thing a normal person can do is try to be the best, most moral, human they can be - in our jaded era, I believe this is more necessary than ever," Blythe continues. "For instance, this evening after I read this headline, I ran into a very loose acquaintance at the grocery store & mentioned the news. This person joked "Maybe they did it because it was an Ariana Grande show." I was too shocked to even say anything - I utterly fail to find the humor in the fact that at least 19 people are dead & many more injured, whatever you may think of someone's music."
Grande is a 23-year-old pop superstar whose most recent album, last year's Dangerous Woman, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts. She has indefinitely postponed her tour.
"I know nothing about Ariana Grande or any of her songs," Blythe says, "But I can guarantee that people of many different races, religions, & beliefs were at that show for the same reason- to have a good time. Some of them won't go home tonight. This is not f---ing funny to me. This sort of jaded, joking, mentality is evidence to me of the continual chipping away of our humanity by the pathetically low standards of our era. We are better than this, people. It's dehumanizing, just like the freakish & twisted beliefs that allowed this a--hole terrorist to kill a bunch of people they didn't know."
"Everything you do & say has consequences, even if you don't believe that. Make sure you do your best to think & speak with a moral heart- maybe your kindness will prevent someone from going down a dark path- you never know who you may effect positively. My thoughts & prayers are with y'all in the U.K. tonight."
British Prime Minister Theresa May says it is, "Now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack." Last night's attack is the worst in the United Kingdom since the bombings in 2005 took the lives of 52 people which was carried out by four suicide bombers.
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