In the face of fans’ worries over possible terror attacks in the UK, Justin Bieber flat-out says no to cancellation petitions.
Following Monday’s Manchester suicide bombing attack, Ariana Grande cancelled the rest of her European tour. Other artists, including Blondie and Take That, have cancelled several UK performances.
Not all have taken the same approach. In the face of jihadist terrorism, Shawn Mendes said that his UK shows will go on. Justin Bieber has also refused to postpone his upcoming performances in the UK. Now, fans have urged the singer to cancel his shows out of fear over the singer’s life.
Monday’s suicide bombing attack killed twenty-two fans and injured fifty-nine others. In a statement, Ariana Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, wrote,
“I will honour those that lost by living each day full. Full of fun, full of laughter, full of joy. I welcome the differences of my neighbour. The wish of terrorism is to take away that feeling of freedom and joy. No. That is my answer. No. We cant [sic] allow it. Fear cannot rule the day.”
Braun also represents Martin Garrix and Justin Bieber, among other clients.
Not all music fans have taken Braun’s approach, however. Fearing for their lives, some have expressed their worries over attending concerts in the UK. This fear has prompted Live Nation to reportedly offer refunds for some shows in the country.
Fans took to Twitter and Instagram to express their concerns over Justin Bieber’s UK shows. Fans fear that terrorists may target the singer during his UK performances.
“For security reasons, cancel Justin’s show in the UK, I beg you, with all my heart, please.”
“We know Justin wants to give his best to fans, but now the best is he stay safe.”
“Please cancel the Justin Bieber show in Dublin. We are all scared.”
“Cancel Justin’s concert in the UK, please! We want him to be safe, please.”
Speaking with Reuters, one fan said that she may sell her tickets for the singer’s Ireland performance.
“I just don’t want what I would hope to be a great night to end in something like [May 22nd]. It’s frightening to think that it could have been any of us. And it really shows that you never know what’s around the corner.”
The responses came after Bieber’s manager (also Braun) posted a solemn message honoring the victims of Monday’s attack. Calling all terror attacks “cowardly acts,” Braun asked the world to mourn for the families of the victims.
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) 23 de mayo de 2017
So far, the singer and his manager have yet to respond to the flurry of comments posted by fans. Justin Bieber’s webpage shows that his shows in the country will continue as planned. He’ll perform in Dublin on June 21st. He’ll also perform in Cardiff on June 30th and stop by Hyde Park on July 2nd.
Bieber joins other mainstream artists in continuing with their performances. Shawn Mendes, Katy Perry, and Lorde have all kept their UK dates.
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