Seth Meyers Addresses Attack at Ariana Grande Concert, Reminds People to 'Treat Strangers with Love'

Seth Meyers, 2014.
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Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers paid tribute to the victims and families of those caught up in the attack on Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England and denounced the “cowards” who brought violence to a place of song and dance.

At the top of his Late Night show, Meyers addressed the terror attack at Grande’s concert that killed 22 and injured at least 59, praised the spirit of the people of Manchester and reminded everyone to treat strangers with kindness.

At its best, music concerts are “an incredible collective experience. It’s a chance through a shared love of music to connect with, to sing with and dance with people you don’t know,” Meyers said. “And last night some truly evil people decided to instead treat people they don’t know with unspeakable cruelty. And so this comes down to the way we treat strangers and while some cowards chose to treat some people with hate, from everything I read Manchester was filled with people last night who provided aid and comfort to people who were total strangers to them.” 

Thousands of people gathered early Tuesday in Albert Square, in the heart of Manchester, defiant vigil after the attack while many millions worldwide have expressed shock at the barbaric attack.

In his sombre late night message, Meyers saluted the first responders at the scene and insisted that love always conquers hate, a truth that is often overlooked.

“So our thoughts are with the victims and the families,” he said, “our thanks to those who ran to help and our plea for all of us to not need a tragedy to remind us of the importance of treating those we do not know with love instead of hate.”

Watch the clip below.

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