Cardi B fought back when an insolent fan decided to throw a drink at her on stage: the “WAP” rapper furiously threw her microphone at her attacker.
In a now-viral video shared Saturday on social mediaCardi B is seen retaliating quickly as a concertgoer standing at the edge of the stage throws up the contents of a large white cup, splashing her face and soaking her orange swimsuit as she performed her No.1 hit “Bodak Yellow.“She lashed out at the individual as security grabbed her microphone and appeared to remove the fan from the outdoor show at Drai’s Beachclub in Las Vegas. The video has 68 million views and counting.
The rapper later retweeted another video of the incident shared by a fan account. USA TODAY has reached out to his representative for comment.
On Sunday, the fan filed a police report for battery. No arrests or citations were issued, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
“She did what had to be done!” @crdisdior wrote. “People need to stop throwing things at artists!”
The rapper released her new song “Jealousy” on Friday, which joins her with her husband, Migos star Offset.
Cardi B, 30, is the latest artist to face an onslaught from the public. Last month, a man was charged with assault after hitting pop singer Bebe Rexha with a phone. Similarly, an audience member punched dance-pop singer Ava Max at a concert in June, scratching the inside of her eye. Elsewhere, someone recently threw a bracelet at Kelsea Ballerini, a bag of human ashes at Pink, and a sex toy at Lil Nas X.
Rexha’s assailant, Nicolas Malvagna, 27, of New Jersey, was arrested and charged with assault, the New York Police Department confirmed to USA TODAY.
Adele first confronted the issue at a concert earlier this month. “Have you noticed how people are kind of forgetting show etiquette at the moment, throwing (things) on stage? Have you seen that?” asked the pop-soul singer. She later joked, “I dare you, dare you to throw something at me.”
Experts say this behavior likely stems from the blurring of online and real-life boundaries, leaving fans clamoring for viral moments with their favorite artists.
“The observation of personal space and the willingness to inflict harm indicates a significant breakdown in empathy and understanding,” Nathan Brandon, a licensed psychologist, told USA TODAY.
Cast: David Oliver, Morgan Hines and Joy Ashford, USA TODAY
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