Harry Styles performed at the Hollywood Bowl for CBS’s Breast Cancer Awareness benefit on Saturday night. Yet, his high-energy performance is not the reason that he’s in the headlines today. Instead, Harry Styles has been trending for getting groped onstage during his set.
Harry was groped onstage by a member of the crowd, during a performance of his song, “Kiwi,” according to E! Online. The incident was caught on tape by several different fans, from several different angles. In the videos, Harry Styles can be seen kneeling down and pumping his arms in front of a group of fans. While there, a girl, who hasn’t been identified, can be seen reaching out and grabbing at his private area.
Harry then appears to push her hand away and retreat to the back of the stage. An eyewitness who spoke to Yahoo UK claims that Harry avoided the section of the stage where the girl was seated for the rest of the night.
“You can tell it freaked him out a little because as he continued performing, he avoided the section that fan was standing in.”
Naturally, the viral videos have ensnared Harry Styles’ fanbase, and now they’re speaking out. Shortly after the news started circulating, thousands of Harry Styles fans worked collectively to trend #RespectHarry on Twitter and other social media channels.
— E! News (@enews) October 23, 2017
If you delve into the trend, you’ll find scores of fans, and even some non-fans, condemning the girl who groped Harry and offering the singer emotional support.
Public Service Announcement: Celebrities are human beings. Harry Styles is a human being. He is not a sexual object #RespectHarry
— Luke Waltham (@lukewaltham) October 22, 2017
Harry is NOT a womaniser or a sexual object! Please respect him ❤️he has a kind soul and doesn’t deserve hate or any abuse #RespectHarry
— Alicia Jazmin Lexie (@AliciaJLMusic) October 22, 2017
A common theme among many of the tweets is also condemnation for society’s handling of male sexual assault victims. According to some of the tweeters, males are not taken as seriously as their female counterparts when it comes to being sexually assaulted. It’s because of what they feel is a double standard that this girl even felt comfortable enough to grope Harry. Had this been a female celebrity, the perpetrator wouldn’t have felt as emboldened, say some of the tweeters.
Touching Harry without his permission isnt okay Just bc hes a famous male artist doesn't give the right to treat him like that #RespectHarry
— NooR???? (@Hazlover_NH) October 22, 2017
Sexual assault is never ok. If a male fan did this to a female singer the internet would be going CRAZY! Equality please #RespectHarry
— Iconic ???? (@AcousticAri) October 22, 2017
What do you think about Harry Styles fan allegedly groping him? Do you think that she should be punished? Do you think that Harry Styles will make a statement about it? You can sound off in the comment section below.
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