Black Eyed Peas star accuses Qantas attendant of racism

Brenda Watkins
November 18, 2019

In subsequent tweets, the rapper used the hashtag #racistflightattendant, named the woman and shared an image of her and an Australian federal police officer.

The singer, whose real name is William Adams, detailed his clash with a flight attendant on a Qantas flight from Brisbane to Sydney.

The spokesperson for the Qantas airlines said in a statement that there certainly was a misunderstanding that was misinterpreted by will.i.am wearing noise-canceling headphones as he was unable to hear the instructions of the crew.

In another tweet, the Black Eyed Peas frontman claimed that she was on the plane giving every person there who wasn't white a "hard time".

The "Boom Boom Pow" musician would head to Twitter to express his feelings toward the incident.

Someone claiming to be a passenger on the flight corroborated will.i.am's version of events, tweeting: "Me too I was on the flight and I was hiding in the toilet shivering, shaking and shuddering uncontrollably while this horrendous racist attack was unfolding".

He then went on to say that a flight attendant asked him to put his laptop away, and he complied but said the flight attendant was "beyond rude" and called the police on him, who was waiting at the terminal when he landed.

Will.i.am said he made a decision to name the flight attendant because he didn't want this incident, or something similar, to happen again.

"He and the band will be flying on another airline as they wrap up their tour of Australia and New Zealand".

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3AW Breakfast hosts Ross and John, former lawyers, say the Qantas staffer has a clear defamation case after he named her and labelled her a racist on social media.

"Qantas, your racist flight attendant was beyond rude and took it to the next level by calling the police on me. Imagine if the police were as aggressive as [flight attendant's name]".

Taking to social media about his plight, Will.i.am told his 12.8milion followers: I'm now on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney.

"I think I was targeted", will.i.am mused.

"Both out incident and the recent (will.i.am incident) not taken further by the AFP, stating it is a Qantas issue not a Police matter".

"I was intimidated by 5 police officers when I landed...for what?" he asked.

"Please do not send Hate", he wrote, addressing his fans.

Jessica Origliasso and Lisa Origliasso are supporting will.i.am.

"I hope that everyone can be more compassionate & understanding towards one another.because it was the lack of compassion that caused this".

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