Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am accuses Qantas flight attendant of racism after police were called because of an incident on board – when fans slammed him for naming and shaming woman in blustering tweet
The American singer will.i.am has accused a Qantas flight attendant of racism while he was on board a flight from Brisbane to Sydney on Saturday.
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Will.i .am, who is visiting Australia as part of the RNB Fridays Live festival with his band Black Eyed Peas, also complained that police would greet him at the terminal after being & # 39; polite & # 39 ; and respect for crew members during his ordeal.
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Problems: Singer will.i.am, which has the real name William Adam was launched in a Twitter rant (photo) after he thought he was abused by Qantas flight attendant because of his race
The singer wrote on Twitter: & # 39; I'm sorry to say me and my group have experienced the worst service due to an overly aggressive flight attendant. & # 39;
& # 39; I don't think she's racist. But she has clearly directed all her frustrations at people of color only. "
He then went on to name the flight attendant and shared a shaky image of a federal police officer, who greeted the group as he was leaving the plane.  & # 39; How to be met when landing from Brisbane to Sydney as flying with @qantas with #RacistFlightattendant, & # 39; he wrote.
& # 39; She sent the cops after me because I couldn't hear PA while hitting beats on the plane wearing noise-canceling headphones. & # 39;
However, many were quick to jump to the defense of the flight attendant and criticized the star for naming and shaming her for his millions of followers.
Australian entertainment reporter Peter Ford was one of the most vocal in the criticism – and asked the rapper to tell supporters to stop abusing the Qantas employee he named.
"Some of your many million followers have already started abusing this woman. Hope you ask them to stop, "said Ford.
A rough landing: will.i.am (pictured) traveled from Brisbane ahead of a Black Eyed Peas concert in Sydney Saturday night
Where's the love? Some were quick to argue that the woman was just doing her job, and it wasn't right to name and shame her for his millions of followers
After a brief Twitter exchange with the reporter, where Where Is The Love singer defended her decision If the public calls the flight attendant, Will.i.am appeals to his followers to end the verbal tirade.
& # 39; This kind of disrespect and name calling is unsolicited – I do not support abuses and attacks like this, & # 39; he wrote at about 17.
& # 39; I hope everyone can be more compassionate and understanding towards each other … because it was the lack of compassion that caused this. & # 39;
& # 39; I'm sorry? Do police call a passenger for not hearing him P.A for wearing noise-canceling headphones? He wrote.
& # 39; If I didn't leave my laptop & # 39; in a quick 2 min time I would understand. I complied quickly and politely, only to be met by the police. I think I was targeted. & # 39;
Qantas struck back in a statement and blamed the American singer.
Not happy! will.i.am said he followed the instructions quickly and politely, but initially could not hear the announcement because of his noise-canceling headphones.
"There was a misunderstanding on board, which appears to have been exacerbated by the fact that the will.i.am was wearing noise canceling headphones and could not hear crew instructions," it wrote.
"We totally reject the suggestion that this had anything to do with race.
" We will follow up with will.i.am and wish him luck for the rest of the trip. & # 39;
Australian federal police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia on Saturday that they had responded to a request for assistance from an airline arriving in Sydney from Brisbane and spoke to the crew and passengers on board.
& # 39; AFP officers met the flight on arrival and talked to crew and passengers on board. No further action was required. The AFP considers this case complete, "a spokesman said in a statement.
The woman believed to be the flight attendant has been contacted for comment.
Not happy! Qantas struck back in a statement and blamed the American singer