After making an emotional and widely regarded as one of the most impassioned acceptance speeches in recent memory, musician and now Oscar-winning actor (I still can’t believe I’m writing that) Jared Leto and his band, 30 Seconds to Mars, have performed in the Ukraine capital of Kiev, proving that his support for the people of the Ukraine goes beyond just his words.
On March 12, 30 Seconds to Mars took to the stage, announcing to the sold out crowd, “I want to let you know, I understand other bands have cancelled their shows, but there was no fucking way, no fucking way that 30 Seconds to Mars wasn’t going to be here in this beautiful city, in this great country here tonight.”
Waving the country’s flag, Leto praised those in attendance saying, “You guys are in the midst of something really beautiful and it may be difficult, but there’s no price too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself”.
During his time in the Ukraine, Leto toured the city of Kiev, visiting the flower laden shrines that have been erected to pay tribute to those protesters that have lost their lives, many of them killed by sniper fire, before heading to Maiden Square to pay his respect in the spot where up to 100 people died last month during clashes with police and security forces.
See fan footage below taken at the concert of Leto performing on stage with the Ukrainian flag, his speech to the audience mentioned above, as well as his Oscar acceptance speech where he made mention of the Ukraine’s struggle to “make their dreams happen.”
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