Over the weekend, Doja Cat became the latest celebrity to pause a performance to check on an unwell fan, delaying her Lollapalooza Argentina show for nearly five minutes while assisting an audience member.
On Saturday, the 26-year-old singer of “Kiss Me More” was performing her song “Options” at Buenos Aires’ Hippodrome de San Isidro when she noticed something in the audience and asked for the sound to be turned down.
“Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please Over there, someone requires assistance “She addressed the vast audience. “Is that correct? Am I correct? Is there someone who requires assistance? I love you all so much, but we can’t let that happen.”
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Doja, who is up for eight Grammy Awards this year, urged the group of fans who had initially drawn her attention to send her a hand signal when the situation had calmed down, and she maintained she would not continue performing until it had.
“I’m sorry, but I can’t continue on if things aren’t going well,” she explained. “I’d like to ask you a question. Is it important that everyone gets home safely? Right? Make a racket if everyone who needs to get home safely does so. So, you’re on my side, aren’t you? That’s the only thing that matters.”
As the crowd erupted in applause, she continued: “How did you like the show? You guys, pay attention. Nobody is to blame. This sort of thing happens to a lot of people…. Individuals are crushed. It’s quite a bit… This sort of thing happens, so don’t be disappointed or upset; I’ll be back. I’m going to do it. I swear I’ll do it.”
The incident comes months after a crowd surge murdered ten concertgoers during Travis Scott’s performance at the Astro world Festival in Houston on November 5.
In the months afterward, there has been a renewed focus on concert crowd safety, with celebrities such as Billie Eilish and John Mayer canceling shows to safeguard the safety of their fans.
Last month, Eilish delayed a show in Atlanta to assist a fan in obtaining an inhaler, while Mayer’s set at the Hollywood Palladium was halted to enable medics access to a fan who appeared to have fainted.
“I’m going to get off the stage for a second,” Mayer remarked as paramedics arrived to help and the venue lights were turned on as the woman was wheeled away. Minutes later, he returned with his band and addressed the situation in greater detail. “Anyone concerned in the crowd should know that she’s up and waved goodbye, so she’s fine. Thank you very much for making the system operate.”