This drama just got juicer and I know you are so ready for it so let's just jump right into the fray.
Over the weekend, rapper, producer and renowned Black Eyed Peas frontman, will.i.am accused a Qantas flight attendant of racism after an incident on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney.
This is how your greeted when you land from Brisbane to Sydney flying @qantas with a #RacistFlightattendant named Lorraine Marshall...She sent the police after me bacause I couldn’t hear the P.A while making beats on the plane wearing noise canceling headphones... pic.twitter.com/9xT7WqTUoO— will.i.am (@iamwill) November 16, 2019
I’m sorry? Is callin the police on a passenger for not hearing he P.A due to wearing noise canceling headphones appropriate? If didn’t put away my laptop “in a rapid 2min time” I’d understand. I did comply quickly & politely, only to be greeted by police. I think I was targeted https://t.co/8WVIuMKXJa— will.i.am (@iamwill) November 16, 2019
He alleges (and provides pictures to support this opinion) five police officers met him when he landed and only let him go after other passengers corroborated his account of events.
I was intimidated by 5 police officers when I landed...for what? 🤷🏿♂️ I put away my laptop when she asked...why would she feel threatened by me to call the police? What did I do wrong? I wasn’t out of hand.. I was polite & did what she asked... now you’re asking me to take abuse? https://t.co/1390ThymY3— will.i.am (@iamwill) November 16, 2019
.@Qantas Your #RacistFlightattendant was beyond rude & took it to the next level by calling the police on me. thank god the other passengers testified that SHE was out of Control 🙏🏿 the police finally let me go. imagine if the police were as aggressive as Lorraine Marshall 😵— will.i.am (@iamwill) November 16, 2019
You'd remember that The Veronicas went through a similar instant back in September, when they alleged a flight attendant refused to assist them with their bags and when the sisters asked for her name, she summoned an AFP officer and had them removed from their flight.
Upon hearing will.i.am had also experienced less savory treatment, they tweeted out "We support will.i.am"
Since then the tweet has been deleted but here are the screenshots.
The Veronicas posted this statement on their now-deleted Twitter. Image: The Veronicas
Qantas has issued a statement about the event, strenuously denying the issue had anything to do with racial profiling.
Since then The Veronicas have deleted not only that tweet, but their entire account. This action may have taken place under the advice of their legal team.
Whether or not this is true, Qantas' brand has definitely been taking hits of late, which couldn't be worse timing as we come into the holiday/travel season.