British Fighter Defys Isis Held City, Playing Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande played her "first concert" in the liberated Syrian city of Raqqa when an actor-turned-fighter went viral on YouTube for playing the pop star's hit, "Bang Bang," to directly defy the ISIS movement.
Michael Enright, who left his career in Hollywood and is now fighting with the Kurdish YPG militia, filmed a video to push back against the Islamist-extremism-inspired attack on Grande's May 2017 show, where 23 people were killed and 250 were injured.
"I thought it apropos, because I'm from Manchester, and they came to my city, they came to my city and they tried to shut up Ariana Grande, that she'd be the first to sing. So you didn’t shut her up, and you didn’t shut Manchester up because she’s singing 'Bang Bang,'" he said in the clip.
He also points out several Raqqa landmarks, where ISIS executed people, and a music shop that they burned because "they didn't want singing."
"And you know what happened? I came and we did 'Bang Bang' and you left. You ran away. And so, life is coming back here now, freedom is coming back here now, and singing is coming back here and, Ariana, it's your first concert here. So there you go. God bless."
Not all heroes wear capes.