Bad Bunny is defending his actions after footage of him throwing a “disrespectful” fan’s phone into a body of water surfaced online. The viral Twitter clip has amassed over five million views since it was posted on Monday morning.
“The person who comes up to me to say hello, to tell me something, or just to meet me, will always receive my attention and respect,” the Latin pop star tweeted on Monday. “Those who come and put a fucking phone in my face, I will consider it for what it is, a lack of respect, and I will treat it likewise.”
Adivina… fuaaaap pic.twitter.com/T96HighoxQ
— Felix Victorino (@donfelixSPM) January 2, 2023
Bad Bunny is coming off a record year where he was Spotify‘s most-streamed artist globally for the third year in a row. He also completed a massive stadium tour, which ended in Mexico City where Ticketmaster Mexico oversold the show by nearly 2,000 tickets. The Mexican arm of the ticketing giant is facing millions in fines from local government.
The artist born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio‘s commitment to his fans is well-documented, with the rapper last month performing an impromptu concert atop a gas station in his native Puerto Rico. The December 28th performance in San Juan came after Bad Bunny helped hand out over 25,000 Christmas presents with his Good Bunny Foundation.
The Bad Bunny incident signals the latest in a growing trend of artists standing up to “fans” who treat them as a commodity. Back in October, Steve Lacy made headlines for smashing a disposable camera thrown onstage. Before that, Mitski suffered social media fallout on Twitter after kindly suggesting fans keep their phones in their pockets and stay present in the moment.