As more information comes out about the tragic events of Monday night's Ariana Grande concert, tributes have begun to pour in. Countless people are honoring the victims of the explosions, which took the lives of 22 people, including children and teens, and injured 59 others. One of the most talked-about tributes so far is the black bunny ears ribbon, a symbol that, while honoring the victims, also acknowledges Grande's famous style choice and is thus stirring up some controversy.
Although it's unknown who created the symbol, its existence has caused many people on Twitter to voice their opinions about its effectiveness. While some individuals are praising it for acknowledging both the Manchester tragedy and Grande, since the singer was undoubtedly affected by the events at her concert, others are condemning it for being a symbol of "branding" for Grande during a time of such tragedy.
Any symbol that pays tribute to the victims of such a horrific crime and is used as a way of honoring their lives is commendable. Yet it's understandable that some people would have negative reactions towards this particular tribute, as the attention given to the concert tragedy should not be focused on Grande herself, but the people who died or were injured.
Everytime i look at this picture.... and start to think about arianas ears and the black ribbon... how is this even possible pic.twitter.com/bm14QqFexV— #prayforariana (@Purposecuddles) May 23, 2017
Am I the only one who thinks that ribbon with the bunny ears is utterly and obnoxiously tasteless?? Branding Ariana at a time like this?!— Jack Moore (@Jack_Moore7) May 23, 2017
black ribbon w/bunny ears for Manchester is a NO. black ribbon yes, great, wonderful....the bunny ears NO. it makes it more about the artist— with luvey (@with_luvey) May 23, 2017
Kids & teenagers were attacked, hurt, killed - and people of influence are happy to just put up the red ribbon with 'ariana' bunny ears up— Amanda Cheng (@AmandaWCheng) May 23, 2017
Not sure how to feel about the ribbon with the Ariana ears being the sign of remembrance rn. Maybe show some England pride not Ariana pride?— Jenna Corradeno (@thelovelyjenna) May 23, 2017
Clearly, the symbol is stirring up serious conversation, and the more visible it becomes on social media, the more reactions it'll garner. Celebrities like Sarah Michelle Gellar have already begun sharing versions of it, so it'll undoubtedly be seen by many, many people.
Whether the symbol should've included the bunny ears or not is up for debate, but regardless, if it's used to help pay tribute to the concert victims and spread awareness of the tragedy, it's good to see it circulate.