Karen Fratti
Updated May 24, 2017 @ 12:47 pm
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A lot of people feel rightfully unsettled after the bombing in Manchester on Monday night. But some fans are pressuring Justin Bieber to cancel the rest of his tour, in the name of keeping himself and others safe. It’s understandable that people are freaked out. The Ariana Grande concert could have been any other pop music concert, including Bieber’s, which attracts the same sort of young fans. But asking Bieber to cancel his tour, or never attending a concert ever again, is not the answer. If anything, it’s more important than ever to come out and show people who commit terrorist acts that it’s not working. Tweeting at Bieber, and even his manager Scooter Braun, to stay inside and not perform only lets violence and hate take over. That’s not what the world wants.

Of course, it’s totally normal to feel anxious. But if you think it’s taking over your thoughts or affecting your daily life — like staying inside, not using pubic transportation or going to crowded places — you probably need to talk to someone about it. Anxiety is common, but we all need some coping mechanisms to work through it.

Braun likely understands the gravity of the situation. In addition to managing Bieber, he also manages Ariana Grande. On Monday night, he posted a message on Twitter asking people for their support and prayers for the victims. He added,”we mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.” Grande tweeted later Monday night, saying that she was “broken from the bottom of my heart.”

“I am so sorry, I don’t have words,” she added. She then announced that she was canceling the rest of her “Dangerous Woman” tour. Not out of fear of another attack, but really to show respect for the victims and take some time for herself. Grande was also at the arena when the blasts went off and needs some time to cope, too.