Report: Pop star who was saved by police demands no cops be seen at her concert in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA- In 2017, 22 people were killed when someone set off explosives inside of a U.K. Ariana Grande concert. Countless police officers and first responders helped with the devastating scene. But on Tuesday, her attitude toward officers at her show showed no gratitude for the safety and security they provide.

Ariana played a show in San Francisco Tuesday night, for which she got choked up and emotional at the thought of the tour coming to an end. 

One critic wrote that her stage performance was pretty unextraordinary and lack luster with many of her songs needing backing tracks to assist the singer during her performance.  Still, the 26-year-old pop princess stood on stage, took a deep breath and told her fans, “I love you all,”……that is unless you’re a cop!

Witness accounts are now emerging from Tuesday night’s concert that the pint-sized performer (she’s only 5 feet tall) threw a diva-sized fit when she saw San Francisco police officers in her line of sight.

As is practice for many large-scale events such as concerts, local police departments, in this case SFPD, are hired to provide an extra measure of security.  In today’s world, most would think that is a great thing, especially given the trouble of past performances.

Well it wasn’t great to Miss Grande, who reportedly told concert organizers that she did not want to be able to see any of the officers that were strategically placed throughout the inside of the arena monitoring for any type of disturbance. In other words, she didn’t want any cops inside the arena while she was on stage.

Sources indicate that the officers were asked to leave the inside of the arena and instead stood guard in the outer lobby of the venue.

If all of these accusations are in fact correct, there are some serious issues with this. Never mind the overall basic premise that celebrities are treated as untouchable and their word is gospel, but it’s only been two years since police officers were the only saving grace of the horrific attack on May 22, 2017.

In case she forgot, that was the same night that 22 of her fans were killed and another 139 injured after a terrorist released a shrapnel bomb at her concert at the Manchester Arena in the U.K.

Now, in a time where more and more of these incidents are occurring, one would think that a celebrity would want to make their fans feel safe and secure while attending shows that they pay overinflated ticket prices for.

Maybe Grande is still upset over the fact that police needed to investigate an incident that took place when she was 22 and decided it was a grand idea to lick a bunch of doughnuts that were on a display case in a California pastry shop – all while chanting “I Hate America! I Hate America!”

Nice gal.

This young woman sure has a lot of hate in her heart, not for her fans though, remember she loves them, and after all they are what she needs to continue to rake in the millions of dollars she gets annually.

Need we also remind her that, the officers that work her concerts aren’t raking in millions a year, and although are getting paid filled those required positions voluntarily.  In most departments, extra duty jobs like those aren’t mandatory.

While Grande may have demanded that police be out of her sight lines during her concert, she reportedly had no trouble also demanding police escort her motorcade after the concert.

Hypocritical much?

She isn’t the first celebrity to throw a hissy fit at a concert when it comes to those put in place to protect the general pubic at arenas.  Elton John also had a bout of diva size attitude for security hired for his concert recently.

Elton John managed to shock some of his concert attendees recently at HBF Park in Western Australia when he stopped his live show to berate security jobs for… well… doing their job.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame singer went on a bit of a foul-mouthed rant that was directed at two security officers he claimed to have spotted booting a female fan from the venue for his show. As of this time, there are no details regarding why the fan was being ejected from the venue.

The unexpected, and somewhat vulgar display reportedly occurred on Sunday during the second of two concerts in Western Australia, which were part of John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour.

The singer was performing at Perth’s HBF Park when he suddenly stopped performing and segued into a profanity-laced outburst, which happened to be captured by one concertgoer who uploaded the exhibition to Twitter.

Report: Pop star who was saved by police demands no cops be seen at her concert in San Francisco
(YouTube)

 

During the video, you can audibly hear the singer going off on the guards for doing their jobs.

“Hey, you two security guards with the girl. F— off. Bring her back here immediately. Come on you c—s. Morons, you both are, morons. You don’t treat girls like that. Leave her alone, you turds.”

Audience members initially cheered when the singer had decided to point out what he perceived to be an injustice by the venue’s security. Yet, when John uttered the infamous “c-word”, that provoked some gasps from the crowd.

Considering the size of the venue, some people in attendance were simply confused by the outburst the singer went into, not knowing who he was referencing specifically.  

 

According to Billboard, John had later apologized to the crowd and explained his use of the “c-word” shortly after his outburst.

“I apologize for the ‘c-word,’ I just hate people being assaulted, especially women by security guards. I have a pet hate of security guards anyway.”

While there’s a lot of ambiguity as to why someone was being removed from an Elton John performance in the first place, the host of the event, VenuesWest, stood by the actions of their security team and noted that they acted appropriately.

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Report: Pop star who was saved by police demands no cops be seen at her concert in San Francisco

 

The venue released a statement regarding their team’s actions.

“Under the circumstances, the security team acted appropriately and we [VenuesWest and security] worked together with Elton’s team to ensure that the event was safe and successful for the artist and the patrons.”

While there were many of the accomplished singer’s fans that thought his display was an act of white-knighting for the ladies in the audience, there were some that pointed out some rational critique in his delivery and motivations.

One Twitter user online responded: “You don’t treat girls like that’, but you treat security guards (who you cannot have your concert without) like that? Double standard @eltonofficial. You deserved every one of the security guards to walk out on you because of that.”

Other fans of the artist online were less critical, but rather more concerned about the potential outcomes of John’s vulgar display toward the venue’s security team, as one Twitter user responded saying:

“….and future security guards will be frightened to do anything.  Which isn’t good for [Elton John], he has put himself in a vulnerable position. Guards are there for a reason to protect.”

Some folks online were not quite as polished as others when they were citing how hypocritical the singer’s words were, since he’s likely heavily dependent on security in his travels and shows. One user responded to the video saying:

“So let me get this straight.  The security guards were doing their Jobs and he gets p****d???? He hates security guards?!! Well f him!! Dont give him Any Security!! Let a crazy fan to hurt him!! See what he says then!!!! Idiot!!”

John is scheduled to play 40 more shows across Australia and New Zealand on his tour, so it will be interesting to see if there’s any more colorful rants that will flesh out on upcoming tour dates.

Luckily, not all famous musicians hate members of the law enforcement community. 

LET recently brought you the story of a world-renowned drummer who signed up to be a cop.

Jeremy Spencer played drums for the group Five Finger Death Punch since joining on in 2005. He’s been on the road most of his life, leaving his childhood home of Boonville, Indiana at age 19 to pursue his musical dreams. But in June, this headbanger put down his drumsticks and picked up a badge.

Report: Pop star who was saved by police demands no cops be seen at her concert in San Francisco
Jeremy Spencer just went from national rockstar to community defender. (Wikipedia)

 

The Rockport PD in Indiana swore Spencer in as an officer a few months ago, bringing him into a new, tight-knit group of brothers and sisters in blue.

Spencer says he’s taking what he’s learned from being a national icon to protecting the local community. Plus, Rockport is less than two hours from where the drummer grew up.

“I’m basically taking what I did in the band and just applying it to this, and trying to do the best I can,” he said.

But will he miss his busy life on tour? Maybe not so much.

“It was amazing and it brings back memories watching it now. I kind of remember some of these shows and it’s very cool,” said Spencer. But change is good. “Life’s about experience, so to me this was great and I think this is going to be great now,” he said.

Spencer began training with the Rockport Police Department recently in preparation of bringing him onto the force. Spencer said he has a great relationship with the officers and said he has always looked up to them. And he’s excited to work with the community and give back.

Report: Pop star who was saved by police demands no cops be seen at her concert in San Francisco
This drummer just became the newest addition to the Rockport Police Department. (Rockport PD)

 

“You just see the impact they have on everyone’s life. It’s so important,” said Jeremy.


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