Sunday 25 February 2018

Turning One Love into Band Aid only sanitised the horror

Celebrity mourners turned terrorists into stars and the Manchester concert into a display of egotism, writes Donal Lynch

Symbolism: Ariana Grande Picture: PA
Symbolism: Ariana Grande Picture: PA
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

It was a letter signed by a long list of stars you wouldn't have even thought knew each other, from Blondie to Paloma Faith to Anna Friel.

And its sentiments, on the aftermath of the terrible attacks in Manchester, were laudable: "Let's not do the terrorists' job for them."

By this was meant, let's not be cowed, let's continue to hold large public events, including the follow-up concert, and thereby "show" would-be bombers that life goes on, even in the face of their orchestrated mayhem.

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