Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate Iranian general Qassem Soleimani has many people in America and around the world worried that we’re headed for war. Celebrities are making their thoughts on this very serious matter known, which is what Lizzo used her Instagram account to do on Sunday.
The musician shared a video of a U.S. solider who is serving overseas, in which he pleads with Americans to pray for them and send more positivity their way.
“PRAYING AND THANKFUL FOR YOU AND EVERYONE WHO ENLISTED TO SERVE. PRAYING FOR THE CITIZENS OF IRAQ/IRAN WHO WILL BE EFFECTED,” She wrote. “Say what you want about the government and the military.. these are human beings, your sisters and brothers and mother and father out there putting their lives on the line. If you made a funny/rude meme or joke, try to balance it out with something kind.”
The post drew emotional responses from followers.
“I wish they would just send them back home! War isn’t ever the answer. How many people have to die because world leaders decide they want to fight another country. It’s so easy to start a war when you’re not the one on the front lines. Like we seriously have to let people fight and die for there to be any sort of solution to our problems?” one wrote.
“I support our troops but not the war or war period. I want our troops back safe and sound and not not get hurt or killed. I pray for our troops. I pray with my heart and soul,” another wrote.
“I agree, sending our soldiers prayers of peace and comfort,” someone else said.
“Prayers brother. Stay strong. And thank you very much for your service. It means a lot. Respect,” another commented.
Lizzo later returned to the caption to post an update after reading many of the comments.
“UPDATE: DO NOT USE THIS POST TO ARGUE WITH EACH OTHER. THERES A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUPPORTING THE TROOPS AND SUPPORTING A WAR. I WANT THEM HOME SO BADLY BUT UNFORTUNATELY UNTIL WE CAN FIX THE PROBLEMS WITH OUR GOVERNMENT AND SYSTEM, PEOPLE—SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS—U.S. AND MIDDLE EASTERN—WILL LOSE THEIR LIVES. SO LETS SEND ALL OF THEM SOME LOVE,” she wrote.