“And I think it did,” he continued. “Which is, look at the risk an individual took just to stand onstage and go, ‘Hey, look, we’re fighting for our rights, and we want you to pay attention to us and believe in us.'”

Massa used a number of precautions – from loose, layered clothing to flame retardant gel – in order to keep himself safe while his jacket went up in flames, burning for 18 seconds before his team rushed out to extinguish the fire.

“To look them in the eye while you’re on fire, not run around like you’re completely freaked out or it’s one of those uncontrollable moments — I think it says a lot,” he said.