Actress Jacqueline Fernandez is being hailed on social media for not hiding her emotions for the victims of New Zealand terrorist attacks. She took to Instagram, where she has considerably large following, to express her emotions by using an incredibly powerful photo.
In the photo posted by Jacqueline, a hijab-clad Muslim woman is being comforted by another woman. Although, Jacqueline did not write any caption, the photo was reflective of the sentiments that erupted immediately after terrorist Brendon Terrant killed 49 Muslim worshippers in a Christchurch mosque.
As expected, social media users were quick to ‘thank’ Jacqueline for showing empathy to the victims of New Zealand terrorist attacks. One fan wrote, “Proud of. U. Jacqueline, u r. 1. Brave, strong. Woman. , pic. Says. All ,. At least u r. full of. humanity.” Another commented, “My. Respect. 4. U. Jacqueline. Is more den words now.” “Thank you for Talking About this Attack ? Appreciate,” commented another fan.
While Australian national Terrant’s ghastly act angered most people around the world, many were seen taking to social media pages to express their solidarity for Muslims. Former US President Barack Obama had tweeted, “Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.”
New Zealand filmmaker and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi had tweeted, “My heart is broken. My country is weeping and so am I. I am dying knowing that this kind of hatred can happen in my homeland. All my love goes out to Christchurch, the victims, the families, the Muslim community, and all who have chosen our islands as their home. This is not us.”
Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Russel Crowe had written, “40 dead in NZ. Senseless, pointless, cruel deaths. My heart breaks for all the families involved, and for the beautiful people of New Zealand to whose hearts this pain will attach, for a long time. Kia Kaha.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern earned plaudits globally because of her response to the Friday’s terror attacks. Not did she hold two back to back press conferences, she also addressed the nation calling the refugees and immigrants in New Zealand as integrant part of the country’s social fabric.
She also met the victims’ families by wearing hijab and promised to change the country’s gun laws in the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attacks.
In Australia, Senator Fraser Anning was attacked with an egg because of his comments justifying the Friday’s attacks. The Australian government on Saturday announced that it was banning an ultra-right wing public speaker from entering the country for his support to Terrant’s ghastly act.