Amid all the tank tops and surf board trophies handed out at this year’s Teen Choice Awards — the full list of lucky recipients you can find below — a deeply sobering message echoed through the airwaves.
While it is pointing out the obvious to state that 2016 so far has been rough, it’s both sobering and heartwarming to see stars — — using their fame to stand up and speak out against hate crimes. So, while Chris Evans picked up his trophy for and miraculously scored a surfboard too, a number of unexpected celebs took to the stage to spread their messages of love and unity.
In a speech that’ll give you goosebumps from head to toe, Jessica Alba moved the world to tears with a passionate tribute to those affected by gun violence. Inviting teenagers on stage who had all lost family members to hate crimes — including Anton Sterling’s son — and she asked each one to introduce themselves.
I stand by these brave teens who’s lives have been torn apart by gun violence
— Jessica Alba (@jessicaalba)
Alba addressed the crowd:
“[They] share an unlikely bond that is hard to comprehend. They’re the brothers, sisters, daughters, and family members of recent victims of gun violence. I’m talking about Aurora, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown. It keeps happening and it has to stop. Many of those impacted by these acts of violence are teens.”
Good for you .
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan)
After each teen introduced themselves, she spoke out in solidarity:
“Tonight we stand together with these teens. United in a call for peace and an end to this violence. Now more than ever we need to stop, feel, and ask, ‘What’s going on?’”
My heart,my love & my support goes out to everyone that the tragedy affected.we are all with you
— Ri (@flatlinerauhlz)
Such a powerful memorial at please,
— Jordan Doww (@JordanDoww)
The 35-year-old actress was later joined on stage by rapper Ne-Yo, who sang Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”as images of the victims flashed on screen behind him. He spoke out:
“People in general, no matter what race, should come together as one united family. Protest with peace, not guns, not drugs, not alcohol, not violence.”
Later asking the audience to take out their phones and post images of the performance on social media with the hashtag #StopTheViolence, which — as you can see above — they did.
“If you feel that we have to do better, I need you to stand up right now and take out your phones.”
2. Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Posey Spread His Love To The LGBTQ Community
Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Posey appeared to use his moment to backtrack on an awkward Snapchat he sent out last week that was interpreted as belittling the experience of coming out.
The TV star posed a video featuring a street sign that read “Gay Street,” and was heard saying, “This is me. I am this, and this is me.” A move which, understandably, was interpreted as Posey revealing his own sexuality — and, via confirming his own heterosexuality, was then seen as undermining how hard opening up as LGBTQ can be. He took to Twitter last Friday to iron out his mistake:
I am a big proponent of love over hate, and standing together during divisive times.
— tyler posey (@tylergposey)
[Part 2]: Although I’m not gay, I fully support the LGBTQ community. This was a moment intended to reflect that.
— tyler posey (@tylergposey)
And everyone, I am truly sorry to the people I’ve offended or lessened how big coming out is. I just want to spread love in this world.
— tyler posey (@tylergposey)
And when Posey took to the stage at the Teen Choice Awards it was clear that his Snapchat error was still on his mind as, in between dropping a huge Teen Wolf bombshell — which you can hear in the clip below — he continued to speak at length about love.
“I’m so full of love, and we love each other so much. We truly do love every single last one of you.”
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— Teen Wolf News (@TeenWolfNewsMtv)
3. Meanwhile The Internet Was Furious Over TCA’s Treatment Of Christina Grimmie
The tragic death of Christina Grimmie — the 22-year-old pop sensation who was shot and killed while signing autographs in Orlando this June — was “honored” at the Teen Choice Awards with the Choice Music Web Star award. However, the manner in which this gesture was handled has angered many of The Voice finalist’s fans.
As the handing over of her trophy was not aired during TCAs Sunday night broadcast, many feel that her name was used by the ceremony as a promotional tool.
used Christina Grimmie’s death to get views for their award show yet they didnt mention her once. She deserves better than that.
— Brown Saraah (@Brown_Saraah)
I’m extremely disappointed by the fact that the TCA’s didn’t honor Christina Grimmie in any way. RIP Angel.
— Meg DeAngelis (@MegsDeAngelis)
So it was rigged, it took advantage of Christina Grimmie’s death, it didn’t show all the awards& some of the acceptance speeches
Teen Choice blatantly exploited Christina Grimmie’s death to promote their show only to neglect her in their actual show. I’m so angry.
— Trang Dong (@typicallytrang)
this is actually disgusting. please don’t use Christina to promote your fake ass award show. delete it.
— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson)
Although the TCAs have so many categories it’s understandable that not all can be awarded on TV, the fact her win was confirmed via a press release afterward has not only prompted anger but also a requesting the TCA and Fox formally apologize for disrespecting her memory. The corporations are yet to comment.
What do you think about the conversations started at this year’s Teen Choice Awards? And remember: #StopTheViolence
Read on for the full list of Movie & TV winners!
Choice Movie: Action/Adventure
Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure
Dylan O’Brien, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Choice Movie Actress: Action/Adventure
Shailene Woodley, The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Captain America: Civil War
Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Chris Evans, Captain America: Civil War
Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Choice Movie: Drama
Miracles from Heaven
Choice Movie Actor: Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Choice Movie Actress: Drama
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Choice Movie: Comedy
Ride Along 2
Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Zac Efron, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
Chloë Grace Moretz, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Choice Movie Villain
Adam Driver, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
Choice Movie Scene Stealer
Jena Malone, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Choice Movie Breakout Star
Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
Choice Movie Chemistry
Thomas Brodie-Sangster & Dylan O’Brien, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Choice Movie Liplock
Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
Choice Summer Movie
Choice Summer Movie Actor
Kevin Hart, Central Intelligence
Choice Summer Movie Actress
Ellen DeGeneres, Finding Dory
Choice AnTEENcipated Movie
Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actor
Dylan O’Brien, Deepwater Horizon
Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actress
Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad
Choice TV Show: Drama
Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actor: Drama
Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actress: Drama
Ashley Benson, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Show: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Once Upon a Time
Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Grant Gustin, The Flash
Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time
Choice TV Show: Comedy
Choice TV Actor: Comedy
Ross Lynch, Austin & Ally
Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Candace Cameron Bure, Fuller House
Choice TV: Animated Show
Choice TV: Reality Show
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Choice TV Villain
Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV: Scene Stealer
Sasha Pieterse, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV: Breakout Star
Matthew Daddario, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Choice TV: Breakout Show
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Choice TV: Chemistry
Ashley Benson & Tyler Blackburn, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV: Liplock
Jennifer Morrison & Colin O’Donoghue, Once Upon a Time
Choice Summer TV Show
Choice Summer TV Actor
Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf
Choice Summer TV Actress
Shelley Hennig, Teen Wolf
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