Elton John Encouraged by ‘Rainbow-Colored Wave of Love’ After Orlando Massacre
Entertainment| | By Sara Wilkins
Elton John has found strength following the Orlando nightclub massacre from “a rainbow colored wave of love.”
The gay icon has released a statement about the horror of the Pulse club attack, which cost 49 people their lives, calling it a “tsunami,” but he’s encouraged by the outpouring of love and support for the gay community following the hate crime.
His statement, issued to the media by a spokesperson on Wednesday, echoes what John said to fans during a concert in Liverpool, England on Tuesday night.
It reads: “When a horror like this massacre in Orlando comes along, great agony crashes across the world like a tsunami. And great grief. We feel shocked, angry and feel devastated inside for the victims and the loved ones who are mourning them.”
“What I find extraordinary and what really gives me strength and hope is that immediately behind that devastation came a different wave. A rainbow colored wave of love, from Istanbul to Tel Aviv, from Sydney Opera House to the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building and the White House.”
The “Rocket Man” took a moment during his gig at Liverpool’s ECHO Arena to honor those who perished in the Pulse nightclub massacre, stating, “Tonight, while I would like to honor and mourn the LGBT community’s loss in Orlando and the loss of everyone who has been a victim of hate and stigma and dogma, I would like to say tonight we are winning the fight against prejudice. The rainbow around the world tells me we can and we will win against these people.”
He also told fans he is working with pal Lady Gaga on the Love and Bravery project, which promotes acceptance and the celebration of “people who are different from you and (have) the bravery to show it.”