Coronavirus

Guy Oseary Launches GoFundMe for New Zealand Mass Shooting Victims: 'It Was Important for Me, An Israeli Jew, To Show Love'

Guy Oseary
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Guy Oseary attends the 2017 LACMA Art + Film gala at LACMA on Nov. 4, 2017 in Los Angeles.

On Friday, a devastating mass shooting broke out in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, leaving at least 49 people fatally shot. In response to the tragedy, Maverick label executive Guy Oseary launched a GoFundMe page to aid victims of the attack and their families.

"I read the frightening details and could barely find the strength to watch a short clip of the disturbing footage. My heart breaks for the victims and for their families," the industry mogul, who manages Madonna and U2, wrote in the campaign's description, as well as in an Instagram post announcing his charitable venture.   

At the time of publication, the campaign has more than $133,000 in donations, steeply surpassing the original $100,000 goal. Among the contributors are Madonna and Ben Stiller, which Oseary spotlighted in a follow up Instagram post thanking everyone for their support. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Two days in and 72 thousand dollars already raised from over 220 of you amazing people to support those affected by this heartbreaking tragedy.. Thank you to my friends and to the many incredible caring people I don’t personally know that have given.. ---- I’m working with @GoFundMe to ensure all funds are transferred to an organization supporting the families and community. We will provide additional information about the distribution of funds as soon as possible and are actively researching the best organizations in New Zealand to receive what is raised. Please join us in helping. Link here and in bio: https://www.gofundme.com/christchurch-mosques-fundraiser #peace #onelove ??----

A post shared by Guy Oseary (@guyoseary) on

The exec's most recent post features a touching interview with a New Zealand man who lost his wife in the shooting but who has forgiven the gunman. "I lost my wife but I don't hate the killer. As a person, I love him but, I'm sorry, I cannot support what he did. I think somewhere along in his life, maybe he was hurt but could not translate the hurt into a positive manner," he explains.

Oseary compared the tragedy to an unfortunately similar one that happened within his own Jewish community. "It was October 27, 2018 when 11 people were killed during Shabbat prayers at the Pittsburgh Tree Of Life synagogue… It was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States," he wrote. "A GoFundMe campaign for the families of the victims was set up by Shay Khatiri, a DC-based Iranian immigrant who loves the American Jewish community and moved quickly to help. I donated and supported that campaign. You can see what I wrote about my experience of Anti-Semitism on that devastating day."

He ended by noting that he is returning the support for the Muslim people. "This time around, it was important for me — an Israeli Jew — to show love and care for the Muslim community on another painful, sad day that left 50 innocent people dead in #NewZealand."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s been 3 days and we just crossed the $100,000 mark!!! Over 400 of you contributed!! Thank you so much for your donations and to the many that helped spread the word about this campaign.. It was October 27, 2018 when 11 people were killed during Shabbat prayers at the Pittsburgh Tree Of Life synagogue… It was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States. A GoFundMe campaign for the families of the victims was set up by Shay Khatiri, a DC-based Iranian immigrant who loves the American Jewish community and moved quickly to help. I donated and supported that campaign. You can see what I wrote about my experience of Anti-Semitism on that devastating day. This time around, it was important for me — an Israeli Jew — to show love and care for the Muslim community on another painful, sad day that left 50 innocent people dead in #NewZealand. This @gofundme campaign is a small gesture of support and love, and an acknowledgement that we are all connected. We're still working with GoFundMe to determine an organization that can provide much needed support to the Christchurch families and community and will update you here as soon as possible. I’m so grateful for those of you that contributed. I’ve included all your names in this post!! ---- Link here and in bio: https://www.gofundme.com/christchurch-mosques-fundraiser Some words from John Lennon’s IMAGINE: “Imagine all the people, Living life in peace.. You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one” #Thankyou #enoughisenough ????????--?? ?--

A post shared by Guy Oseary (@guyoseary) on

 

Oseary is one of many in the music community voicing support for the victims in New Zealand. Scooter Braun, who manages Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and others, posted on Saturday "to those in New Zealand who were affected I stand with you." He continued, "To my Muslim friends around the world know you do not stand alone. We all stand with you. Because to defeat this evil we must make the world hear loud and clear that our communities are one... our voices are one..." 

John Legend, Nick Jonas, Bebe Rexha and many others have also honored the victims


THE BILLBOARD BIZ
SUBSCRIBER EXPERIENCE

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.


To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.