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The cast of Orange is the New Black
Netflix has canceled two premieres over the Manchester bombing.
On Monday (22 May), British citizen Salman Abedi committed a suicide attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
He killed 22 people, a majority of them young fans, and injured more than 59 people, many of them critically. The youngest victim was only eight years old.
In response to the attack, security measures were stepped up across the United Kingdom, with soldiers deployed to key locations to free up police officers.
A number of events, including this weekend’s first Heros and Villains Fan Fest in London, tightened their security measures.
Now internet streaming giant Netflix has canceled the London premieres of two of its headline shows.
They originally wanted to hold a big bash in the British capital’s to mark the new seasons of dramedies Orange is the New Black and wrestling dramedy Glow, both by director Jenji Kohan.
Netflix had planned to hold a special screening of both series at the Curzon Mayfair in Central London on Tuesday (30 May).
But now those plans have been scrapped.
‘Following the terrible events in Manchester on Monday night, we have decided to cancel our special screening of Orange Is the New Black and GLOW on Tuesday, 30 May,’ a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.
‘Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this tragedy.’
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the decision was made by Netflix and did not come at the request of local authorities.
It is the third major event to be canceled in the capital this week.
Earlier this week, Warner Brothers canceled the Wonder Woman premiere; Universal also canceled their premiere of the The Mummy reboot.