In wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, many celebrities are speaking out on the tragedy, which stands as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Now Ellen DeGeneres, who is well-known for being an uplifting presence for many during the worst of times, has added her voice to the national conversation.
In a segment for her show that was taped on Oct. 2, but aired on Oct. 3, DeGeneres spoke about the terrible events in Las Vegas as well the recent destruction in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. While many feel defeated about the state of the world after a seemingly unending series of major tragedies, DeGeneres urged viewers to focus on all the good that still remains, even after all that has transpired in recent months.
After acknowledging the devastation that has affected so many, she goes on to say, “It’s very easy to lose hope, and we cannot do that. I always say, ‘There’s a lot more good in the world than there is bad.’ And I continue to believe that.”
DeGeneres goes on to detail the many examples of kindness and goodness that she has seen since these awful events have occurred, such as the reports of people lining up at 4:30 a.m. to donate blood to the victims in Las Vegas.
She then plays a montage of the everyday heroes she has featured on her show throughout the years—people she says have personally inspired her.
She concludes the segment with the following statement: “The world is full of amazing people. Good will always win. Love will always win, and we will continue to shine a light on those people on our show.”
She then reassures her viewers that she will give them a positive escape from whatever difficult things might be going on in the world or in their lives that day.
Bravo to DeGeneres for her inspiring words. We could all use a message of hope right now.