Will.i.am was recently met by police at an airport after accusing a cabin crew member of racism during his flight in Australia.
The iconic rapper and former Black Eyed Peas member was travelling from Brisbane to Sydney on a Qantas flight when he explained on Twitter that he and his group were the victims of racist abuse from an “aggressive flight attendant.”
He also explained that the police were called and had to meet him at the airport due to the fact he was wearing noise-cancelling headphones and couldn’t hear the announcements being made.
He also included the hashtag #RacistFlightattendant within his tweets and insisted that he was “targeted” by the employee.
He tweeted, “I’m currently on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney. I’m sorry to say me and my group have experienced they worse service due to a overly aggressive flight attendant… I don’t want to believe she racist. But she has clearly aimed all her frustrations only at the people of colour (sic).”
“@Qantas I was making music wearing noise canceling headphones on the plane… I’m sorry i couldn’t hear the P.A…I complied when she’s tapped me on the shoulder to put my laptop away… It’s sad that your #RacistFlightAttendant sent the police…(sic)
“@Qantas Your #RacistFlightattendant was beyond rude & took it to the next level by calling the police on me. thank god the other passengers testified that SHE was out of Control the police finally let me go. imagine if the police were as aggressive (sic).
“I was intimidated by 5 police officers when I landed…for what? I put away my laptop when she asked…why would she feel threatened by me to call the police? What did I do wrong? I wasn’t out of hand.. I was polite & did what she asked… now you’re asking me to take abuse?
“No one said she was a white supremest… I said she singled every person of colourbin the flight and gave them a hard time…and went to the extreme of calling the police on me when I did nothing wrong…other passengers on the flight agreed that she was out of hand…(sic)
“I’m sorry? Is callin the police on a passenger for not hearing he P.A due to wearing noise canceling headphones appropriate? If didn’t put away my laptop ‘in a rapid 2min time’ I’d understand. I did comply quickly & politely, only to be greeted by police. I think I was targeted.
“I am posting so that this doesn’t happen again…it shouldn’t happen to a Aboriginal, Latino, African, LGBTQ White, Red or anyone… everyone deserves to be treated with respect…”
The star also shared the employee’s name on Twitter but later had to request that fans stop sending abuse to her as she was targeted on social media.
He said, “Please do not send Hate…This type of disrespect and name calling is uncalled for…I don’t support abuse & attacks like this…I hope that everyone can be more compassionate & understanding towards on another…because it was the lack of compassion that caused this #noH8 (sic).”
So what are your opinions on this? Who do you believe was in the right and the wrong? Let us know in the comment section below.
Written by Ashley Riordan