All too often, tragedy ends in a list of names, a scroll of photographs plucked from Facebook accounts, and an almost audible sense of grief and frustration felt around the world. Seeking to change that fate, two directors, Ryan Murphy and Ned Martel, matched the occupations, personalities, hopes, dreams, and passions to each of the 49 Orlando victims.
By harnessing the power of storytelling, the duo released this moving 18-minute tribute video that honors, celebrates, and contextualizes the fruitful lives of each and every victim. “The hate that stole these 49 individuals from all those who loved them has been allowed to flourish in our country for too long,” Murphy said in a statement. “No person is born hating another, and we have an obligation as Americans to stand up against prejudice and bigotry that would incite violence against someone simply for who they are. I am proud to have joined with Ned Martel, my talented colleagues, and the Human Rights Campaign to honor these 49 heroes and stop the hate.”
Lady Gaga, Kerry Washington, Caitlyn Jenner, Sophia Bush, Max Greenfield, Sofia Vergara, Laverne Cox, and 42 others joined the Stop the Hate campaign, going on camera to divulge the humanizing details of each victim’s life.
Watch the full video below, and visit StoptheHate.HRC.org and HealOrlando.org to show your support.
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