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WTF?! Nick Jonas Speaks at Orlando Victim Vigil Instead of LGBTQ Person

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The world is in a state of shock following this weekend’s tragic events in Orlando, FL. On Friday night, YouTube sensation & The Voice alum Christina Grimmie was shot and killed by a reported deranged fan. Just over 24 hours later, over 100 people, mostly from the LGBTQ community, were shot at a club a few short miles away from the first attack; 49 of those 100+ humans succumbed to their injuries. Now, the country is mourning.

Last night, a vigil was held at Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in NYC famed as the site of the 1969 riots that launched the gay rights movement. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor Tituss Burgess performed a beautiful rendition of West Side Story‘s “Somewhere” at the rally, which left more tears in everyone’s already-tearful eyes. But there was someone who left a bitter taste in people’s mouths: Nick Jonas.

The 23-year-old singer, who is a self-proclaimed ally of the LGBTQ community, was one of the speakers at the event. “More than anything, I just want to speak from the heart and say I woke up yesterday to the news, like all of you, and my heart broke,” he said. “I grew up here in New York City and New Jersey, performing on Broadway shows, surrounded by some of my closest friends from the LGBT community. My father, a minister from New Jersey, shaped my view that love is love, that we are all equal. That no matter who you are, or where you’re from, or where you’re going in life, you have the right to love and be loved. So yesterday, thinking about the families of the victims and the lives lost, I just thought that could be my friend. That could be my people.”

When asked about his speech during an interview on WKTU, he supposedly responded, “I’m in the middle of release week which is the week when you release your album. It’s a very busy time, but when I heard the vigil was happening, I had my team reach out to see if there was anything I could do to win my support. Umm, the LGBT community has been such a huge supporter of me from the earliest days of my career. Umm, so again anything I can ever do, I would be there. I spoke and I didn’t have anything prepared. I just tried to speak from the heart and lend any support I could. I’ve never experienced hurt and pain as deep as the families.”

With the “Under You” crooner’s reported history of being called a queer-baiter, this did not sit well with the general public:


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A better choice for the speech could’ve been one of these YouTubers who came out in a video:

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