Nick Jonas Responds To Disrespect He Received When He “Spoke From The Heart” At NYC Vigil

Nick Jonas has finally broken his silence after he was subjected to heckling and booing while speaking at a vigil in New York City Monday night for the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre.

Last night, on Watch What Happens Live, Nick revealed that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo personally invited him to speak at the vigil.

“I think at the core, this is a humungous tragedy that affected so many lives and my heart was broken for the victims and their families,” said Nick. “So I looked at my team and said ’Listen, I’m in town, I’d love to lend my voice in any way I can and be a part of it in any way possible.”

He added: “And so Governor Cuomo asked me to speak…I didn’t prepare anything I just got up and spoke from the heart….I was surrounded by the LGBT community at an early age and really built a lot of great friendships. My father said right away to me, ’Love it love, we’re all equal, we deserve love, and to be loved by who we want to be loved by.’ It shaped my view and so I’ve tried to be an ally and do what I can to raise my voice in moments when there is tragedy that strikes, not only for the LGBT community but also for America.”

Following his appearance at the vigil, several members of the LGBT media criticized the pop singer’s appearance and speech at the rally, arguing the 23-year-old singer “queer baits” the LGBT community and was just there to sell his new album.

Buzzfeed’s Senior Editor Sam Stryker had this to say on Twitter:

BuzzFeed’s Executive Editor of Culture, Saeed Jones tweeted:

Huffington Post’s Queer Voices Deputy Editor, JamesMichael Nichols, writes: “Now is a time when we, as a community, are mourning the loss of 49 queer and trans brothers and sisters, many of them people of color. The media and public are largely already trying to erase the sexuality and gender identity of the victims. Seeing a straight, white man on stage addressing the mourning queer community only intensified the pain of our grief.”

He adds: “But please, straight allies, let us have our space. Let us have the grief that is specifically ours. Of course, we welcomed straight people at the vigil, but to listen, not to speak. Let us hold each other, look one another in the eyes and tell each other it’s going to be OK. Because unless you’ve ever had to internalize queer pain, there is really no way for you to know exactly how this feels, or what we need to hear.”

What some are forgetting is that several of the victims massacred on Sunday morning were straight LGBT allies. They were mothers dancing the night away with their gay sons. Others were just in town visiting their gay friends to celebrate a birthday.

Jeremey Wray writes: “Let me preface, I am not a fan whatsoever of Nick Jonas, but leave that poor guy alone, if we start criticizing every little thing about “how to be an ally”, we’re not gonna have any left! Let’s try to stop being politically correct all the time and let whoever wants to mourn and support, do just that. My God, he was there for us, not his album. This should not be a news story. Calm down and stop taking the focus away from what needs to happen moving forward, this article bummed me out. I’m really looking for some unity right now.”

Michael Spencer writes: “Who cares if someone is not queer and wants to be a part of this with us? More power to him. We WANT people to stand with us. And to call what he does “queerbaiting” is just sort of tone deaf. He’s a performer who is trying to tap into a market… regardless of his gender/sexual orientation. Stop getting mad about the wrong things.”

For those of you who decided to disrespect a staunch LGBT ally for our community, why did you not boo him when he delivered a speech at the AIDS Walk New York 2012, years before the launch of his solo career and his so-called pandering to our community?