Questlove, Frank Ocean & More Share Words Of Sadness, Hope For Paris
In the wake of such tragedy, one must be permitted if they have difficulty finding words. Friday’ night’s terrorist attacks in Paris, France left over 127 people dead, including roughly 80 who were gunned down during a sold-out concert at the Bataclan concert hall. Reports are currently circulating that the Islamic fundamentalist group known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh has claimed responsibility for the violence, calling it “The first of the storm.” French President Francois Hollande has called the attacks “An act of war” and declared three national days of mourning across the nation.
Words did come to many, though, including Frank Ocean, Questlove, El-P, Flying Lotus Talib Kweli, Freddie Gibbs and other artists whose music in many ways defines and propels Okayplayer. Below is a brief sampling of messages shared in the wake of the attacks.
It should be pointed out that Frank Ocean’s extended (and scathing) remarks were, in part, directed at Donald Trump specifically, who hinted that France’s strict gun control laws were to blame for the violence.
ON THE REAL THOUGH DONALD TRUMP. HOW IS IT ‘INTERESTING’ THAT THESE SHOOTINGS HAPPENED IN A COUNTRY THAT’S TOUGH ON GUNS? TELL US DON? BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE THAT VACUOUS OBSERVATION WAS ABOUT GIVING YOUR NRA-LOVING CONSTITUENCY A HANDJOB AND SPINNING A TRAGEDY FOR POLITICAL GAIN AND I’M THINKING MAYBE USING A SITUATION WHERE DOZENS OF INNOCENTS HAVE JUST BEEN MURDERED IN THE STREETS ISN’T THE BEST TIME. NO?
“evil anywhere in the world.”
LOVE TO PARIS AND ANY INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY WHO’S LOST LOVED ONES TO EVIL ANYWHERE IN THIS WORLD. CHILL W THE ANGLES.
Man. Just literally heard about #Paris (was filming earlier I wasn't aware) this is so heartbreaking man. This is beyond the "thoughts and prayers go to" post. Paris took us in from the cold and gave us a home. I've performed and chilled at #Bataclan more times than I can remember. The staff and people there….look I dunno what to say man….I'm at a lost for words….#WeNeedPeace. Praying that Paris heals. Praying the world can heal.
This crazy world… Much love to Paris.
— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) November 13, 2015
my love and heart to everyone who lost their life tonight and everyone else affected.
— el-p (@therealelp) November 14, 2015
Pray for those less fortunate in the world, daily. Then when you done with the prayers & hashtags, get up & go make it better.
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) November 14, 2015
Thoughts & Prayers to Paris
— Freddie Gibbs (@FreddieGibbs) November 13, 2015
It should also be pointed out that Friday’s attacks were the second violent outbursts by ISIS against innocent people in a cosmopolitan city. 43 people were killed in Beirut Thursday when two suicide bombers attacked a residential neighborhood. Okayplayer’s thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of both these great cities.