Wiz Khalifa allegedly gave himself a stage name based on the term “wizard” or “whiz-kid.” But now Wiz Khalifa is being grilled in his home state for taking a whiz in public — and that could have landed him in some serious hot water.
Oddly, celebrity urination is a common topic in the news headlines — and Wiz Khalifa is hardly alone. For instance, on October 3 the Mirror discussed how Jennifer Lawrence is unrepentant about the fact that she pees in public bathroom sinks.
In June, Cristiano Ronaldo of the Real Madrid football/soccer team was caught by the Daily Mail peeing in a city street in France. Overall, Buzzfeed has detailed at least 10 celebrities urinating in public that fans need to see — and Wiz Khalifa is a latecomer.
The public peeing incident in question took place after Wiz Khalifa did a performance in Pittsburgh for the local Oakland Zoo in an event called Midnight Madness. On October 9, the Post Gazette quoted U Penn’s Coach Jamie Dixon opinions about Wiz Khalifa participating in the zoo event stating the following.
“[W]hat I have always appreciated is that [Wiz Khalifa] is a Pittsburgh guy and he has never forgotten his roots, so regardless of the style of music, it speaks to the city, it speaks to me and it is special – he appreciates where he came from and hasn’t forgotten it.”
After this event, Wiz Khalifa was ticketed for public urination in Pittsburgh. At 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, the NY Daily News states, “[Wiz Khalifa] allegedly relieved himself behind a bar early Saturday, resulting in a public urination ticket… behind The Flats in the city’s South Side, according to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.”
But is public urination like the kind Wiz Khalifa let loose a big deal? Outside of public exposure violations, urinating outside in a city can create strong odor issues. In fact, if Wiz Khalifa pees on a wall in San Francisco, WXYZ Detroit explains that the paint will turn an ultraviolet color — and that the the urine will bounce back on the offender.
However, the real issue is that the type of public urination that Wiz Khalifa was a part of is often associated with being placed on the sex offenders registry for indecent exposure.
Responding to a question posted about the parameters of the Pennsylvania law on public urination/indecent exposure, lawyer Jason S. Dunkle posted the following response on AVVO.
“Indecent exposure under 18 Pa.C.S.A. 3127 requires proof that the person exposed his genitals in any public place or in any place where there are present other persons under circumstances in which he or she knows or should know that this conduct is likely to offend, affront or alarm. Whether or not a person is charged with this offense would depend upon the facts and circumstances.”
What is interesting is that Wiz Khalifa chose Pittsburgh to urinate in public. In addition to being his hometown, Wiz Khalifa was honored with having 12-12-12 listed as Wiz Khalifa Day in the city of Pittsburgh. Of course, Wiz Khalifa often returns the favor by showering Pittsburgh with attention.
For example, Wiz Khalifa gave 1,700 free backpacks to students at Allderdice High School according to WTAE. About the event that took place around September 15, Wiz Khalifa stated, “It feels awesome to be back at Allderdice. I love my school. I love Pittsburgh. I love being able to spread some positivity and give kids some hope.”
Surprisingly, Wiz Khalifa did not always feel so confident. According to an October 5 interview posted on SoundCloud that Wiz Khalifa did in Australia with radio hosts Fitzy and Wippa, he was very awkward in high school.
About being a high school kid at Allderdice, Wiz Khalifa said, “I kind of stayed to myself… It was one of those things where I was really confident but I was kinda just like getting ready for the big leagues… There’s a couple of girls who didn’t want to give me their number…”
Currently, it appears that Wiz Khalifa only needs to pay his ticket for public urination to make things right with his hometown — and there is no evidence that he will also be charged with public indecent exposure or be placed on the sex offender’s registry.
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