29.1 C
Manila
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Home News Latest Stories Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am accuses Qantas flight attendant of racism

Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am accuses Qantas flight attendant of racism

 

SYDNEY: US performer will.i.am has accused a Qantas flight attendant of racism, saying she was unjustified in calling the police on him after an altercation during an Australian domestic flight.

In a series of tweets, the Black Eyed Peas frontman on Saturday said the woman was “overly aggressive” and unnecessarily escalated a situation after he didn’t hear an on-board safety briefing.

Using the hashtag #RacistFlightAttendant William Adams — better known by his stage name will.i.am — said the attendant was “beyond rude” and “took it to the next level by calling the police”, five of whom were waiting for him on arrival in Sydney following the 90-minute flight from Brisbane.

“Thank god the other passengers testified that SHE was out of control,” he tweeted. “The police finally let me go.”

He said he had complied “quickly & politely” with her instructions to put his laptop away.


“I don’t want to believe she racist. But she has clearly aimed all her frustrations only at the people of colour.”

In this Sept. 23, 2017 file photo, will.i.am attends the 27th annual EMA Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. AP PHOTO

A Qantas spokesman said the Australian flag carrier “completely” rejected the suggestion that race was a factor in the incident.

“There was a misunderstanding on board, which seems to have been exacerbated by will.i.am wearing noise canceling headphones and not being able to hear instructions from crew,” he said.

“We’ll be following up with will.i.am and wish him well for the rest of the tour.”

The group ended a five-city Australia tour with a concert in Sydney on Saturday.

The incident came two months after the Australian twin-sister pop duo The Veronicas were removed from a Qantas flight by police officers after a disagreement with staff over luggage. AFP

 

Jiro Manio, former child actor, nabbed for stabbing man in Marikina

FORMER child actor, Jiro Manio, was arrested for frustrated homicide in Marikina City, police reported on Saturday. Marikina City Police Station (CPS) reported that Manio,...

Ginebra wins PBA Governors’ Cup title

BARANGAY Ginebra captured the PBA Governors’ Cup title, beating the Meralco Bolts, 105-93, in Game 5 of their best-of-seven championship series at the Mall...

Duterte: Gamboa now ‘regular’ PNP chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has picked Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa as the new head of the Philippine National Police (PNP). In his speech at the...

Locked down areas in Batangas because of Taal eruption rise to 14 

LOCKED down areas in Batangas have increased to 14 from four as Alert Level 4 remains over Taal volcano, local and disaster officials said...

2 foreign employees nabbed for qualified theft

TWO foreigners were arrested on Thursday night for allegedly stealing money from the company they were working for. Police identified the suspects as Wu Wen,...

Today’s Front Page January 18, 2020

Today’s Front Page January 18, 2020