Adele has a few choice words for the concertgoers that have recently been throwing everything from ashes to sex toys at music artists.
The “Hello” singer dared fans to throw something at her during a recent show at Ceasar’s Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to a fan-captured TikTok posted Saturday.
“Have you noticed how people are, like, forgetting show etiquette at the moment, throwing (things) onstage? Have you seen it?” the singer said in the video.
“I dare you, dare you to throw something at me,” she said while jokingly brandishing a T-shirt gun onstage. “Stop throwing things at the artist!”
Artists have been facing more and more concerning − and bizarre − attacks from fans over the past few weeks.
Over the weekend, someone almost hit Lil Nas X with a sex toy in Sweden. In June, a man was charged with assault after hitting Bebe Rexha with a phone and an audience member slapped Ava Max and scratched the inside of her eye. Elsewhere, someone recently threw a bracelet at Kelsea Ballerini and a bag of ashes at Pink.
Experts can’t say for sure what’s behind this jarring “trend,” but it likely stems from the blurring of online and real-life boundaries, leaving fans clamoring for viral moments with their favorite artists. Add drugs and alcohol to that mix and you’ve got a concussion-worthy concoction.
“It is important to ask questions about why these attacks are happening and what underlying causes or motivations may be leading people to act out in this way,” licensed psychologist, Nathan Brandon, told USA TODAY. “It can also underscore the importance of creating safe spaces for artistic expression, and how such spaces can become places of healing, connection and understanding.”
Adele says fans have forgotten ‘show etiquette’: ‘I dare you to throw something at me’ Adele says fans have forgotten ‘show etiquette’: ‘I dare you to throw something at me’