It’s been more than a week since the worst mass shooting in American history left 49 people dead at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Many of Viacom’s brands have united powerfully around the tragedy, with tributes to victims and lists of resources to help in the aftermath.
Inspired by this commitment from Logo, MTV, BET and others, Viacommunity, our social responsibility umbrella, is hosting the Viacom Stands with Orlando Crowdrise campaign. There, you can donate to Florida Equality, GLAAD and the LGBT Center of Orlando. We will match all donations up to $50,000.
The ongoing gun violence in the United States affects all of us, who are increasingly finding that our national insistence on easy access to weapons compromises our ability to feel safe in any crowded public space. Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah dissects this infatuation with elevating the rights of the individual gun owner over a more collective sense of security, and its related fallout, in a recent segment of The Daily Show: