Shortly after the news broke Thursday (July 14) that a 25-ton truck had been deliberately driven into a Bastille Day celebration in France, country artists started expressing their emotions over what appears to be another terror attack.
At least 84 were killed when the truck hit the crowd that had gathered to watch fireworks on the Promenade des Anglais in the French Riviera city of Nice.
Blake Shelton was one of the first to tweet, writing, “Sickening to see what has happened in France tonight. This was with a truck. This new normal is unacceptable. Time for some hard decisions.”
After one of his followers engaged in a political back and forth, Shelton responded, “Exactly what are you gonna do, Mike? Sit on Twitter and tell people to shut up? Nothing bad is happening? I mean, at least make a point!! People are dying. Lots of people!!”
Kacey Musgraves kept her thoughts very simple, just writing “This world” along with a broken heart emoji.
Hillary Scott used the same emoji, writing, “I visited Nice Sept of 2009 w/friends. I explored & fell in love w/that city & it’s people! Shocked, angry & heartbroken.”
Kelsea Ballerini cancelled her plans to tweet with fans out of respect for the tragic news.
“I planned on live tweeting tonight but in light of the terrible tragedy in France we’ll tweet together on a different day,” she wrote. “My heart is breaking for them. Love & Light.”
A few country artists also retweeted syndicated radio host Bobby Bones’ thoughts:
really. after a while. after all the hashtags. after all the sadness. after all the anger.
i can't comprehend such evil
its just WTF.
— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) July 15, 2016