Rapper George Watsky is making Miguel’s stunt at the Billboard Awards in May look like amateur hour. Watsky took a stage dive of his own while performing at Alexandra Palace in North London, and the leap left two fans hospitalized.
Watsky, who is currently on a Vans Warped Tour, is seen in a video climbing a ladder that's nearly 40 feet above the stage. Suddenly, the rapper jumps off a lighting tress and into the audience. The California native has since apologized for the act, which left one fan with a broken arm and another with undisclosed injuries.
Watsky later wrote on Facebook about the crazy leap, commenting, “I have no excuse for my actions, and the only way I can explain my mind-set is that it was a huge overreach in the heat of the moment. No, I was not drunk or on drugs. I used to be a kid who was afraid to do anything physically dangerous -- I was scared of the ball in Little League, didn't want to jump into lakes and would never have had the nerve to crowd-surf. But in the last year of touring, I've done increasingly risky things, maybe pushing myself by some dumb sense I am conquering my early timidity.”
Surprisingly, Watsky himself suffered only minor injuries. The rapper revealed that he was “fine” aside from “some nicks, bruises and the shame of endangering the crowd.”
Watsky isn't canceling his remaining six tour dates, and he isn't planning on jumping off anything again while in concert.
Back in May, singer Miguel carried out his own irresponsible jump during the Billboard Awards. While singing his hit song “Adorn,” he leaped into the front row, landing on two female fans. Memes of the shocking incident immediately went viral. "The crazy thing is, when you're performing and you're just kind of into it, you never know where it's gonna go and where you're gonna go with it and how that might turn out," Miguel commented. "So this is one of the less favorable moments."
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...