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As someone who goes to concerts and gigs a lot, I want to consider these environments as safe spaces for all music lovers. Which is why it’s terrifying to hear stories of bouncers and guards being violent toward spectators who were just there to have fun. That’s sadly what happened during Dua Lipa’s concert in Shanghai last night.
This is part of her Asian tour, which includes a stop in the Philippines tomorrow. Chinese netizens who were at the show posted videos of fans being forcefully pulled from their seats and dragged out of the venue. The reason: standing up and dancing to Dua’s songs.
I just CANT believe it. This is the show of Dua Lipa in Shanghai. All the fans are forbidden to stand out and could only sit on to see the show?!? If you don’t, the guard would use violence to kick u out. It’s unbelievable… #dualipa pic.twitter.com/quITZNLVxU
— Ｎｅｏ (@imneo_) September 12, 2018
One more video…the girl was up on her feet so happy n thought they coming to interact with her, only to be smashed onto the ground and taken away.💔 Not every show in China is like this, it's said @LiveNation instructed them to do so. We're so sorry @DUALIPA had to witness. pic.twitter.com/Eo5XwOpsQY
— dexx (@LiberatedDex) September 12, 2018
Another group was allegedly kicked out because they were waving a rainbow flag.
— SubwaySucker (@dr_jolin) September 12, 2018
That’s not the worst part. Another netizen took a video of a fan, who was kicked out, getting beat up by bouncers outside the venue.
#DuaLipa #DuaLipaMNL #DuaLipaMNL2018 #Shanghai And this on is UNBELIEVABLE!!! The audience who were pulled out of the concert by security guards, and also beaten up outside by security guards!!!!!!! These security guards are totally hooligans!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/kON19ak6xH
— Belief WILD (@Belief_wild) September 12, 2018
Dua later tearfully addressed the situation on stage. “I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun. I want us all to dance. I want us all to sing, I want us all to just have a really good time. We’re not here for much longer, we have only a few more songs, and I would love in these last few songs for us to really, really, really enjoy ourselves. How about that?”
Dua Lipa Cried In Shanghai China Tonight pic.twitter.com/Tz17SRGpiH
— Liability (@958353005) September 12, 2018
According to Shanghaiist, it’s still unclear why fans weren’t allowed to stand up during the show. The night before, Dua performed in Guangzhou and fans were free to get up from the seats.
This type of treatment against any human being is unacceptable and I hope nobody has to experience something like this wherever they are—be it a concert or any public setting.[Shanghaiist]
Photo courtesy of Dua Lipa’s Instagram account
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