There are plenty of reasons not to threaten rappers on Twitter, but being in the same room as one and firing off some words on Twitter seems to be pretty damn unreasonable. Wale, who spent the better part of his day releasing a new remix to his hit "Sunshine," seems to have gotten into a bit of a squabble tonight with a member of the audience at a live World Wrestling Entertainment event in Washington D.C. just days before the huge Wrestlemania event in New Orleans.
Twitter user @Chefboyrnach fired off some tweets at Wale from the event that the two were attending:
You at Monday night raw fuckboy? Come see me in the ring and catch this stunner @wale— Side Show Joe (@Chefboyrnach) April 1, 2014
Wale then responded to the guy's tweets:
@Chefboyrnach ight wya— Wale Folarin (@Wale) April 1, 2014
@Wale LLLMMMMMMMAAAAOOOOO couple rows away breh— Side Show Joe (@Chefboyrnach) April 1, 2014
And from there, tweets from witnesses at the event started to appear:
JOEY LOOK SPOOKED LMAOOO http://t.co/A9TFXk44Vo— Stay-true.com (@_ChefDon_) April 1, 2014
TMZ spoke with one of the eyewitnesses at the event who said that "Wale punched him dead in his face," and after the tiff, Wale returned to his seat to enjoy the rest of the show in peace while the instigator was carried off backstage by security.
UPDATE: Wale tweets about the situation:
@MrBusby4o8 nothin we just asked a question— Wale Folarin (@Wale) April 1, 2014
UPDATE: A video has surfaced of the incident. Wale can clearly be seen shoving the heckler, but no punches were thrown:
UPDATE: @Chefboyrnach has tweeted his side of the incident:
Sorry everybody my phone died. Lol I saw tho I'm howling..we pushed eachother not a big deal. pic.twitter.com/jcLHSmE75e— Side Show Joe (@Chefboyrnach) April 1, 2014
UPDATE 4/1/14 5:30PM: Wale has sounded off on the confrontation between him and a Twitter follower that took place last night. An in interview with MTV, the rapper says the incident wasn't that serious, although he did think about the possibility of it escalating beyond some words and a shove. Wale also expressed his amazement at how people view him responding to a heckler as showing weakness. Read what Wale had to say below.
“It was just a dude that was like, ‘I’mma kick your ass. I better not see you here. I was like, ‘Yo, is this you?’ And one thing lead to another, and I just kind of mushed him a little bit. Honestly, if there wasn’t kids right there, it would have went a little bit differently, but I just wanted to be conscious of them. It’s not to say it was the right decision. But in the moment, you know.
“People get it misconstrued. Like, ‘Oh, you’re so butt-hurt.’ It’s not even that. I come from a place where when we was at the lunch table and niggas was jonesing on each other, I’ll respond. I’m gonna have something better, too. And now we’ve come to a place where, if you respond, you’re a bitch. Somebody could say ‘Fuck you’ 100 times, if I say ‘fuck you’ back, then I’m a bitch. And people be like, ‘You’re famous, you shouldn’t care. I care what people say because I try to be a man of the people.
“I just don’t understand, [in] society, why we champion people like that in this day and age. I remember when people used to admire real people that stand behind their words or are stand-up men. I come from that. I had to address him as such. It wasn’t nothing really serious.”