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12 Moments Crowd Participation Turned Ugly

Written by Greg Moskovitch on April 23, 2014

Speaking recently to US hip-hop station Hot 97, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea revealed that she was forced to give up crowd surfing during her concerts due to inappropriate conduct from her fans. “Buying my album doesn’t mean you get to finger me when I come to your city,” she said.

“I will get lurk tweets for like a week before my show, like ‘I’m about to go to the Iggy Azalea show and I’m going to finger her,’ and I’ll see it and be like, please don’t! That’s a violation. I don’t actually like that stuff. They think I’m real slutty like, ‘She’s got a song called Pu$$y, I know what she wants.'”

While they don’t come much worse than being sexually assaulted while trying to entertain and have a little fun, Iggy’s not the first artist to have less than pleasant interactions with fans, and she sadly won’t be the last. We’ve gathered a few of the least pleasant instances of crowd participation.

1. Katy Perry’s Unfortunate Crowd Surf Goes Viral With A Gif

Like Iggy, Katy Perry‘s unfortunate instance of crowd participation was the result of a crowd surfing manoeuvre she attempted whilst performing with Colorado pop group 3OH!3, and which went awry after fans were too preoccupied with grabbing for her chest to properly hold the singer up.

Watch: Katy Perry Crowd Surfs During Performance with 3OH!3

2. Miguel Lands On Woman’s Head Crotch-First

Grammy-winning R&B singer Miguel had a major onstage mishap during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards after he attempted to jump from one stage platform onto another during a performance of his track Adorn, unfortunately landing on a female audience member’s head and injuring her.

Watch: Miguel’s Billboard Music Awards Jump Fail

http://youtu.be/pb79rbvcOEs

3. Altamont Puts a Deep Six on the Sixties

This one will forever retain a place in the annals of rock history as one of the most infamous tragedies ever to befall a concert. Said by some to have caused the death of the sixties era, the Altamont Free Concert ended with a fatal stabbing, three accidental deaths, and many injured.

Watch: The Death of Meredith Hunter at Altamont

4. Stage Dive Stunt Gets Skrillex Sued

Jennifer Fraissl was attending a pre-Grammy party at The Belasco in Los Angeles in February 2012, hoping to check out dubstep superstar Skrillex drop a few basses (y’know, dropping basses?). Fraissl is now suing Skrillex, claiming a stage dive stunt caused her to have a stroke.

Watch: Skrillex’s Stage Dive at Belasco Nightclub

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