Let's get one thing straight, Harry Styles might be one of the biggest stars in the world but that doesn't mean he's an object. He's human and he deserves to be treated with the same respect as anyone else who isn't in the public eye would expect to be treated. The "Sign of the Times" singer and former One Direction superstar was performing at We Can Survive, a breast cancer awareness concert at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, when a fan quite literally grabbed him in the groin area when he bent down at the front of the stage. Other concertgoers caught the whole thing on video and the hashtag #RespectHarry started trending on Twitter.
The incident is disgusting – to put it lightly. Hazza swats away the fan's hand before anything else could go down which proves he was obviously super uncomfortable, but he carried on like a true pro. Not only is this an invasion of personal space but it also could be seen as a form of sexual assault. It's not acceptable and it's pretty mind-blowing that this even happened in the first place. Even though Harry nor his team have yet to speak out about the situation, it still doesn't mean he wasn't affected by it.
— em (@stylesscrabble) October 22, 2017
Fans were quick to react with all of their feelings on Twitter. What is even more heartbreaking about this whole thing is that this isn't the first time this hashtag has been used. If we all remember correctly, at the end of July fans showed up at Harry's door with some pretty crazy intentions and expectations of what was going to happen. This is when Directioners started sticking up for him and supporting his right to privacy which led the infamous hashtag going viral.
One Twitter user wrote, "PSA: if you ever get the opportunity of see a artist in front row, do not think it’s okay to sexual assault then. #RespectHarry."
PSA: if you ever get the opportunity of see a artist in front row, do not think it’s okay to sexual assault then. #RespectHarry
— valeria (@harrylava21) October 22, 2017
Another said, "Harry is not an object. He's a human being and deserves to be treated with love and kindness.
Harry is not an object. He's a human being and deserves to be treated with love and kindness. #RespectHarry
— Helen.🦋 (@Eleni_Stl28) October 23, 2017
And this last Tweet perfectly describes how we're all feeling. "#RespectHarry if you're the type of person that feels as though they have the right to harm this boy please move to another planet." SAY IT LOUDER, for the people in the back.
— tracy ◟̽◞̽ (@styleshabibi) October 22, 2017
It's really amazing to see all of the loyal fans who are voicing their concerns and opinions about this. It's amazing that they have come together and rallied around their idol, sticking up for him. This should have never happened to Harry. This should never happen to any celebrity or any person for that matter. Here's to hoping Harry will continue to get out on that stage and do his thing at every gig. He shouldn't have to feel afraid that this could happen again. Bottom line.