On Monday evening around 10:30 p.m., there was an explosion at Ariana Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena. The Greater Manchester Police confirmed on Twitter that 19 people have died and approximately 50 people were injured. I can’t believe I am typing these words, but after seeing a few gnarly tweets, here I am: Don’t make jokes about Ariana Grande, her concert in Manchester, or the concertgoers. Please be kind, be compassionate, and be empathetic. Again, I thought this went without saying, but please keep your tasteless “zingers” about a nightmarish attack to yourself.
Now, I don’t mean you, dear reader. I’m sure you know better. I'm sure you saw those tweets and cringed, too. I'm sure you know they're poor form. You also know they aren’t clever. And I’m certain you know they are cruel. I’m actually referring to a small handful of awful tweets I saw after the tragic news broke. And I’m sure you, dear reader, were not behind them. I'm probably preaching to the choir, but so be it. Just getting some feelings off my chest.
And though there’s been an outpouring of support, there have also been a few disgusting tweets about a bombing that cost people their lives. Ready for some unfunny "jokes"? Me neither.
Ariana Grande never performing again oh yes career seize to exist.— 🌹 (@intosyou) May 23, 2017
Seriously not the time.
If only Ariana Grande didn't lick that donut this never would've happened...— Dante Rose (@DanteRozay) May 22, 2017
ariana better not cancel her tour, boy i paid money to see her— w (@windeezyy) May 23, 2017
MULTIPLE CONFIRMED FATALITIES at Manchester Arena. The last time I listened to Ariana Grande I almost died too.— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) May 22, 2017
Enough of that. Instead, here are some gentle reminders on how to tweet about a tragedy.
Pro-tip: Ariana Grande jokes not appropriate at this moment.— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) May 22, 2017
The murders that have happened at @ArianaGrande's concert are truly heartbreaking. Support, love and respect is needed... not cheap jokes.— Mishy Fishy (@TheNumberPurple) May 23, 2017
Couldn't agree more.
Pro tip, Twitter: nobody wants your edgy hot take/shitty joke about the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. People died. Show some tact.— Casey (@primalmusic) May 23, 2017
Nobody wants it.
You guys, don't retweet people making Ariana Grande jokes. Don't do it.— Christian Schneider (@Schneider_CM) May 23, 2017
I'll say it again: Be kind, be compassionate, and be empathetic. The world needs it more than ever.