Reports say U.S. forces shot and killed Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, on Monday in Abbottland, Pakistan. (CNN notes that DNA matching is under way on samples from the body.) “A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability,” President Obama said while addressing the nation last night. “After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
Naturally there are many questions, there’s much celebration and a certain amount of symbolism, given that we’re just four months shy of the tenth anniversary of the crippling attacks on American soil. And Twitter, of course, blew up last night. Head below to read tweets from 12 different pop stars, which reveal varying perspectives about this historic event.
Lady Gaga: “Just landed. Watching CNN, what a historical moment in the fight against hatred.”
Hayley Williams: “#nowplaying ‘Party In The USA’ – Miley Cyrus”
Rihanna: “Obama Bama Bama…sry I meant, oh Mama Mama Mama, I just shot a man down #brrrap”
Snoop Dogg: “Rip to everybody who was taken on 911. Let the troops bac home n lower gas prices let’s live happily ever after!!”
Adam Levine: “I dont know how I feel about ‘celebrating’ death. But im just glad this happened during a good man’s presidency. #potentialspark”
Lily Allen: “I know that Osama Bin Laden is dead, but if we could all stop for a minute to consider todays REAL news I’d very much appreciate it… It is my birthday, I am 26.”
Katy Perry: [string of several tweets] “AMERICA FUCK YEAH, HERE TO SAVE THE MOTHER FUCKIN DAY YEAH! #necessaryusageoftheFbombday … Does anyone else find it strange that this is announced on May Day… I am releaved in some ways, but have a feeling of uncertainty now… And a big AMEN to this too! :) RT @karlihenriquez: #BringOurTroopsHOME ☺… I believe in justice… but don’t u think that an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind? ☹ #revolutioncomesthroughlove #worldpeace… But in general (& then after this I’ll go back to being an opinion less popstar) It is a GREAT day 4 America & I’m PROUD 2 b an American!”
Timbaland: “dang they killed him 4real”
Jordin Sparks: “Hmmm….I just want #peace.”
Demi Lovato: “I don’t care who disagrees, I support the troops of the United States of America.”
John Legend: “Getting emotional watching the crowds outside of white house. Reminds me of the moments in NYC after 9/11. Surreal.” He later added, “Decided to hit @questlove party after all. Can’t sit it in my hotel room in this communal moment”
Is there one particular artist whose opinion is more in line with your own on this event? Let us know below.