Celebrities Ask Fans To Spread Love At Teen Choice Awards After Charlottesville Violence (VIDEO)

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Teen Choice Awards Charlottesville

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Teen Choice Awards Charlottesville

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Several celebrities at Sunday’s 2017 Teen Choice Awards used the ceremony to urge fans to use their voices to spread love and fight hatred after this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists and neo-Nazis clashed with demonstrators. See the speeches below.

As Gossip Cop reported, a large crowd of white supremacists and neo-Nazis marched on the University of Virginia campus Friday night, carrying torches and shouting racist chants. On Saturday, several hate groups organized a “Unite The Right” rally, during which they continued to march through the streets of Charlottesville shouting about “white pride.” During that event, a white nationalist plowed his car into a group of counter-protesters, killing one woman and 19 others. And more people were hurt when street brawls broke out among protesters on both sides. In addition, two Virginia state troopers were killed after their helicopter crashed while monitoring the protests from the air.

As Gossip Cop noted, many celebrities on Twitter shared reactions to the Charlottesville protest throughout the weekend. The responses from famous people continued Sunday night when winners and presenters at the Teen Choice Awards used the platform to ask everyone to fight hatred and spread love with their voices. After Fifth Harmony won three awards, member Lauren Jauregui said, “In light of recent events, we just want to say, no matter who you are, where you come from, and what you look like, you are beautiful and you are important, so keep spreading love and positivity. God bless.”

Zendaya, who won Choice Summer Movie Actress for Spider-Man: Homecoming, asked all the fans in attendance and watching at home to listen to her closely. “With all the injustice and the hatred and everything that is happening… I need you guys to be educated. I need you to listen. I need you to pay attention,” she said. “You have a voice, and it is okay to use it when you see something bad happening.” Zendaya urged, “Do not let people tell you what you think, what you should feel… We are the future leaders of the world, the future presidents, the future senators…. Take that very, very seriously.”

Before presenting the Visionary Award to Bruno Mars, Yara Shahidi took a moment to echo the comments made by those who took the stage before her. “It’s just so important that we use our platform as Gen-Z to spread this love. That’s so crucial right now,” she told fans and TV viewers. Watch the video below of the stars speaking out in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville. NOTE: One of the videos is no longer available.

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