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Bad Bunny Defends Throwing Fan’s Phone After Video of the Incident Sparks Controversy

'Those who come to put a damn phone in my face, I’ll consider that what it is: a lack of respect and I’ll treat that the same way.'

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 14: In this image released on October 14, Bad Bunny poses backstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on October 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  (Photo by Amy Sussman/BBMA2020/Getty Images for dcp )
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Bad Bunny has responded to online backlash after footage of him throwing a fan’s phone went viral over the holidays. The reggaeton singer did not apologize for the confrontation, which he called a “lack of respect” on the fan’s part, and explained his reaction.

The video, which was filmed in the Dominican Republic, shows a flock of fans surrounding Bunny as he makes his way down a street and one female fan, in particular, steps in front of him, with the front-facing camera open on her phone. Bunny can be seen grabbing the device and chucking it far into the distance, which is when an off-camera spectator shouts “Wow! Really?” as someone in Bunny’s entourage replies, “You have to respect his space.”

“Anyone who comes up to me to say hello, to tell me something, or just to meet me, will always receive my attention and respect,” Bunny wrote in a tweet on Monday night. But “those who come to put a damn phone in my face, I’ll consider that what it is: a lack of respect and I’ll treat that the same way.”

Fans and online comments seemed divided, with an equal amount of defenders and critics. While some said he was right to set his boundaries, others said the top artist of the year should’ve considered his position and used his words instead of his actions.

Despite hinting at a break, Bunny recently released a surprise single, “Gato de Noche,” and delivered an impromptu concert on the roof of a gas station in Puerto Rico (he even had a guest performer, his frequent collaborator Arcángel).