Fifth Harmony love their fans, the Harmonizers, but maybe not that small faction of entitled stans who insist on crossing boundaries.
The quintet, Camila Cabello, Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah-Jane Hansen and Normani Hamilton are presently on tour in South America to support of their latest album, 7/27.
After a recent incident at a Rio De Janeiro hotel spawned reports that the group’s security detail has been overly aggressive with fans, the girls posted a long statement on twitter, backing up the team hired to protect them.
We have been really busy working and making sure that you guys have as amazing experience with us as possible, but we feel like sometimes you guys forget that there are only 5 of us versus the hundreds of you. Our security team is set up and in place to protect us and our privacy when people go beyond normal boundaries.
We’ve seen all over Twitter outrage over one of our security guards attacking and trying to inappropriately touch one of our fans and we wanted to put out a statement calling out this lie. We were there. The girl tried to come to Lauren and Dinah’s doors and the security we hired were with us speaking to us and making sure we were safe.
We saw this girl lie to them about where she was staying and where her actual room was, tell them to “shut the f*** up and stop talking” and then proceed to try and lunge towards Lauren’s room so she could get a note to her. The security guards who ushered her away and made sure she didn’t follow through were doing their jobs of protecting us.
Especially in light of recent events like the shooting we can’t ever be too safe with our personal space and protection. The security guard did nothing but try to make sure the girl went back down the stairs to where she was actually staying. She combated and fought to break free of their directing her and in the process was shouting that they were touching her and trying to take her clothes off.
Four of us were out there and experiencing the scene with their own eyes, along with parents and other staff members. Not one security guard inappropriately touched or harmed anyone. They would never intentionally harm any one of our fans. Resisting doing what your [sic] being asked politely to do and getting hurt in the process isn’t anyone’s fault but your own.
We will continue to support our security team in making sure that they protect the boundaries so many people seem to think they are entitled to disrespect. They’re only trying to keep us safe. We’re sorry for any inconvenience but we do not appreciate people lying about our team and costing people their jobs just so they can get extra attention from us. We’d appreciate if you recognized that when you disrespect our team and their hard work, you’re disrespecting us.
Dinah, Lauren, Ally, Camila and Normani
I’m inclined to believe the girls. When they allude to “the shooting” it’s not a stretch to assume they are talking about the recent shooting death of The Voice singer Christina Grimmie at the hands of a deranged fan. Security has to be tougher than ever to protect artists from obsessed and entitled fans who can’t or won’t understand the concept of boundaries.
And if artists feel the need to slap back offending fans on social media, more power to them. If you’re being a respectful fan, they aren’t talking about you, so nothing to worry about, right?