Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke Hernandez Is Ambushed During A Concert & It's Time That These Attacks Stop
When will these "fan" attacks stop? Ally Brooke Hernandez was attacked by a stage crasher on Thursday while performing during Fifth Harmony's Monterrey, Mexico, tour stop. A male fan ran onstage and attempted to hug the singer, but security immediately rushed the stage and started carting off the guy, who was trying his best to keep his hold on Hernandez. While stage crashers are certainly nothing new in the world of celebrity, this was just the latest scary incident for Hernandez alone, who was almost taken down by a mob of overzealous fans at the Monterrey airport when the group arrived in Mexico. It also comes right on the heels of both Gigi Hadid and Kim Kardashian being attacked by notorious celebrity "prankster" Vitalii Sediuk within a week of each other. And most harrowing of all is that these attacks are still happening, just several short months after 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie was shot and killed by an obsessed man while meeting fans after her show in Orlando, Florida, over the summer.
To be honest, it doesn't even matter how innocent the Fifth Harmony's fan's intentions may (or may not) have been. The fact remains that he inappropriately ran on stage and immediately made a beeline for Hernandez. For the person being targeted, who has literally no idea what someone who is physically invading her space and making contact with her could be capable of, that moment has to be scary as all hell. Honestly, how does this keep happening?
After the airport incident on Wednesday — in which the singer was almost tackled to the ground by fans — Hernandez posted a message on Twitter assuring fans she was OK but reminding everyone to be mindful.
"Just to let you know, I am okay after the airport incident," Hernandez wrote. "Please be gentle and careful so nobody gets hurt. That was scary." It was just one day after this that the fan rushed the stage. Did he seriously learn nothing?!
Fans need to strive to do better. I get the excitement of seeing your faves in person, but you do not know them personally and they do not know you. It is not — strike that, it never is — appropriate to ambush or attack them. It is automatically assumed that the person doing this poses a real threat of immediate danger, and for good reason: Celebrities have been murdered in these types of situations, and with the tragic and senseless death of Christina Grimmie so fresh on everyone's minds... that should be enough to give you pause.
If you cannot be respectful, you do not deserve to be within 100 yards of your idol. End of story.