Hollywood Offers Support To Norway, Exclusive
Posted by Contributor on Jul 25, 2011 - 11:24:53 PM
OSLO, Norway— On Friday night, the United States learned that our friend and ally Norway had become the victim of an apparent terrorist attack. The attack took the lives of over 60 young children on an island where they were enjoying a summer camp. And a building in the nation’s capital Oslo was also attacked by a number of bombs. A gunman dressed as a policeman assaulted and killed 63 children. Thereafter, the nation’s prime minister went on the air to denounce the terrorist act by a citizen of his own nation, who had right-wing Christian extremist views and who later claimed he was glad he attacked his own nation.
Norway Was Attacked But They Stand Strong
As very tragic images flooded American television news channels, we all remembered seeing a similar sight on September 11, 2001. This just weeks before the 10th anniversary of attacks by Al Qaeda on our nation when we witnessed similar actions against a peaceful country. However, like Americans, the Norwegian people are standing strong and vowing to not only honor the dead, but to continue their free and open society, even under attack from an alleged domestic terrorist from within their own borders. Americans remember the Oklahoma City bombing in the 1990s, with Timothy McVeigh decrying the same outlandish arguments this Norwegian terrorist is now claiming.
When I heard of the attacks, I reached out to friends in Hollywood, some who have been to Norway, and all felt the sadness and shock that we know our Norwegian friends are also feeling. Beverly Hills socialite and star of ABC’s “General Hospital,” Constance Towers tells Canyon News, “My heart goes out to those wonderful people. Such a beautiful country, so undeserving of this kind of unjustified violence and heartbreak.” While “The Young and the Restless” star Kate Linder said, “There are no tragedies worse than the senseless loss of adults and innocent children. Our hearts go out to the people of Oslo.”
“Senseless violence affects every country, ever city, and every state. I can only hope through this tragedy we can begin to be aware of the wackos and crazies in advance instead of looking back only to see the warning signs right there in plain view,” said famed L.A. victims advocate attorney Robin Sax. Singer and world traveler Kwanza Jones tells Canyon News, “I ache for the Norwegian people. Their loss, hurt and anguish are felt by all of us. I offer my prayers, love and support. There can be no me, no us, no we, without peace. Norway, stand strong. You are not alone. We are one!”
I caught up with Carson Higgins, who is currently performing in a play in the San Fernando Valley. Higgins was a contestant on this year’s “American Idol.” The Malibu native was horrified by the attacks and told me on Friday, “Its a horrible tragedy. A friend of mine was just there recently for a show, and he had nothing but great things to say about the country and the people. They are very strong, and if there’s anything any of us can do, we should.”
My “Queen of the Lot” co-star Tanna Frederick, who is starring in the title role “Sylvia” at the Edgemar Theatre in Santa Monica, said, “I am so sad for the loss of life in Norway. Norway is in our prayers.” Kyle Lowder, who recently released a bestselling compilation titled “Kyle Lowder,” is very popular in Norway, where “The Bold and the Beautiful” is also extremely popular. Lowder told me, “I had the privilege of spending two weeks there in the summer of 2008, in Bergen, Norway. The people and the culture are nothing short of beautiful in every way. So welcoming. It is astounding and appalling to me that anyone could bring such hate and devastation anywhere, but especially to a peaceful nation such as Norway. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.”
Actress and film icon Tippi Hedren, who starred in the two Alfred Hitchcock classic movies “The Birds” and “Marnie” and who also worked with many legendary stars over her distinguished career, was reached at her famed Shambala refuge, where the superstar takes care of big cats and lobbies lawmakers to protect these creatures, was very sad but uplifting when asked about the tragedy. “Just as I know, God can work joyous miracles through individuals who are strong in mind and body, I know that there are equally as demonic forces at work who prey on the weak minds of men such as Breivik. Although my initial reaction is violent towards people who commit these kinds of hideous acts, it is my belief in God that sustains me,” said Tippi Hedren
Lesli Kay, who stars on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and who I starred opposite on CBS’s “As The World Turns,” tells Canyon News, “Being a mother and seeing so many innocent children killed really was hard to see on the news. I pray the families of the victims and the survivors will all know we love them and they will remain in our hearts.” While “ATWT” icon Eileen Fulton, who I also starred opposite to in the syndicated TV series “Hollywood Classics,” concurred, adding, “So very shocking. They however are strong people in Norway, they will overcome, as my late father, who was a minister would say.”
Thom Bierdz, who stars as Phillip Chancellor, III on CBS’s number one rated daytime drama “The Young and the Restless,” is a man who knows a great deal about tragedy. Thom’s one of L.A.’s most respected actors and artists, but also a bestselling author of his autobiography “Forgiving Troy.” In the 1990s, Bierdz lost his mother, who was brutally murdered by his brother Troy, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. Bierdz has spent the past decades of his life trying to advocate for human rights, and he believes fully in redemption. “More than likely these killings were from someone who felt powerless and so they killed to feel powerful. It is not the fault of the victims, but it is important that to avoid being killed and hated that we do not use our strengths by disempowering anyone else. When people feel empowered they like themselves and do not hurt others,” said the actor.
Perhaps naÃ¯ve Americans can learn a lesson from this awful tragedy, as we did not learn from the terrorism of Timothy McVeigh. Fighting terror is a major effort because extremists come from all religions, and promoting hatred on both sides is wrong. Maybe the world can learn a lesson from this man’s actions. Anders Behring Breivik was constantly quoting and supporting anti-Islamist writings by American authors and journalists. However, in the end, his hatred was what brought him to the point where he destroyed the lives and property of his own nation, which he claimed to have loved. Hatred and intolerance has been gaining momentum on both sides for almost 10 years now.
Hollywood stands with the people of Norway, and we pray that you heal from your pain and insurmountable loss. If you wish to offer assistance to victims and their families, contact the American Red Cross and ask that your donation go to the victims of the tragedy in Norway.
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