Entertainment events canceled following Texas shooting
Entertainment events – including the airing of TV shows – have been postponed or canceled out of respect for the victims of Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where an armed teenager opened fire at Robb Elementary School and killed 19 children and two adults in one classroom.
The deadly tragedy has prompted sweeping political statements from the White House to local governments and calls for stricter gun control in the United States, whose number of mass shootings continues to rise at a shocking rate. .
The entertainment and sports industries are also grappling with the shooting.
On Tuesday, CBS announced it was shooting the Season 4 finale of its crime show “FBI.” Titled “Prodigal Son”, the episode involved an alleged college student’s involvement in a murderous robbery. It is unknown if the episode will air in the future.
Apple TV+’s “Physical” Season 2 red carpet premiere, starring Rose Byrne, was also scaled down to a private event on Tuesday.
“Out of respect for today’s tragedy in Texas, tonight’s screening of the physical second season will be a private, no-press event,” read a statement from the show’s cast and creative team (via variety). “We thank you for wanting to be there with us and know that you join us in our heartfelt support for all the families affected by today’s event.”
The launch of rapper Ye’s Yeezy Gap collaboration with luxury fashion house Balenciaga was also postponed to a later date on Wednesday morning.
“In light of the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, we are postponing the launch of Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga to Friday, May 27,” the company said on its website, yeezygap.com. “As we pause, our thoughts are with the families and communities affected.”
The collection paired the rapper formerly known as Kanye West with Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia. Products from the collection were to be launched on the site, as well as Balenciaga’s online partners farfetch.com, mytheresa.com and luisaviaroma.com.
Uvalde is the hometown of Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who said “action must be taken” in a moving statement he released on Tuesday.
“We cannot breathe out once more, make excuses and accept these tragic realities as the status quo,” McConaughey said. “As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it is time to reevaluate and negotiate our wants from our needs. We need to reorganize our values and find common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s problem.