"How f--kin old are we???"
Going from normal to famous requires some growing pains. Singer-songwriter Khalid recently learned that lack of personal space is a woe of fame, though being violated is never, ever okay.
Over the weekend (Nov. 19), the “Location” artist performed at the American Music Awards. After killing the stage alongside Imagine Dragons, the 19-year-old met and greeted fans. Though he didn’t show a reaction at the time or place of the event, Khalid vented about an uncomfortable interaction he had with a fan after the award show on Twitter. “lol I go to talk to a fan and she grabs my ass, how f–kin old are we???” he tweeted.
The tweet, which was retweeted over 48 thousand times, garnered tons of support for the artist and outrage at the boundary-crossing fan.
Showing just how admirable he is, after the fan groped the young artist, Khalid said he simply left because “I don’t like showing anger in front of anyone.” The artist stated that sexual harassment happens to females as well as males and should not be tolerated on either end. “It’s unacceptable,” he tweeted before saying that he took the incident to Twitter because “it can happen to anybody!”
All Love Here
Despite his bad experience with one fan, the star says he still adores his fans and he will continue to interact with them. “I love interacting and talking to fans but I also love respecting others so don’t disrespect me when I’m being nice,” he said, adding, “One shitty person isn’t going to keep me away from anybody, I really love u guys.”
Khalid’s handsy fan comes after Drake paused an entire performance to check a fan who couldn’t keep his hands to himself.
Standing Up For the Fans
During a show at a nightclub in Sydney, Drake stopped performing “Know Yourself” to directly call out one fan. “Yo, stop that s–t,” Drake yelled from the stage while pointing at the offender. “If you don’t stop touching girls, I’m gonna come out there and f–k you up.”
Fans broke out into an uproar of cheers and applause for the 6 God.
As the hip-hop and entertainment world becomes more and more progressive, sexual harassment and assault are not being tolerated even slightly. Within the last few months, countless influential people have been called out by victims for sexual abusing them.
While the most notable case at the moment may be Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby recently went through a highly-publicized case after a string of women came forward alleging the comedian and actor assaulted them. Alongside celebs like Kevin Spacey, Ben Affleck, Ryan Seacrest and Nick Carter, Russell Simmons is battling sexual harassment allegations.
A women claimed that Simmons and director Brett Ratner held her down against her will and assaulted her inside of Ratner’s house. As soon as the allegations hit the internet and publication headlines, Simmons issued a statement commenting on the uprising of female empowerment and noting that he is innocent of all claims.
“This is an important and critical time for the empowerment of women and men who have been harassed. I have been a public figure for all of my adult life,” the producer and Def Jam Recordings co-founder responded. “And when you are in that arena over decades, you can find yourself in a position where you are vulnerable and susceptible to claims that are untrue.”
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