WTF?! Nick Jonas Speaks at Orlando Victim Vigil Instead of LGBTQ Person
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:
— peek a boo (@Run_IsHere) June 14, 2016
— superfine media (@back2elle) June 14, 2016
the lack of out & proud gay celebs that led nick jonas to speak at stonewall is a symptom ofthe same illness that produced a closeted gunman
— ortuist (@ortuist) June 14, 2016
Forgive me that I do not think it is a coincidence that Nick Jonas's album just came out and tonight he opted to speak over queer voices.
— Sam Escobar (@myhairisblue) June 14, 2016
Nick Jonas — whose new album happens to be out this week — got to speak at the Stonewall Inn vigil tonight. How embarrassing. How telling.
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) June 14, 2016
Nick Jonas spoke at the Stonewall Inn vigil b/c he's SO passionate about queer equality but his feed is mostly about his new album. Hmm.
— jayson flores (@gayonabudget) June 14, 2016
i can't believe nick jonas spoke at stonewall last night. lmao i just–
— Lauren (@weathered) June 14, 2016
Ah yes you know who we need to speak at stonewall it's queerbaiting Nick Jonas what a great ally his words are so important
— John J. Salomone (@DudeNdaEaseOnUp) June 14, 2016
CNN: the Stonewall Inn will host a vig—
Nick Jonas: pic.twitter.com/JwCBkWzm0H
— Jon (@octojon) June 14, 2016
General vibe around me is: super disgusted that Nick Jonas of all humans was speaking at the Stonewall vigil just now
— Zoë Schlanger (@zoeschlanger) June 14, 2016
why is nick jonas speaking at stonewall omg im disgusted
— jodie (@jodicaprio) June 13, 2016
Why is gay baiter nick jonas at the stonewall vigil?
— Gabe Gonzalez (@gaybonez) June 13, 2016
A better choice for the speech could’ve been one of these YouTubers who came out in a video:
Connor has over five million subscribers on YouTube and back in 2014 he decided to tell all of them that he was gay. Before his December 8 video titled "Coming Out," he had denied that he was homosexual and even posted a video months before called "I'm Not Gay." During his video, he talked about how he dated girls in the past to "be normal," but then started to really think about his true sexual identity in college. Connor was truthful and very articulate throughout, and ended the vid by saying, "I don't want anyone to be afraid; I don't want anyone holding back who they are." So inspirational!