What happened to Kelly Rowland as she walked up the steps at Cannes?

Kelly Rowland walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival last night. The reason isn’t important, but many beautiful celebrity women are invited to Cannes to pretty up the red carpets and represent various beauty, fashion or jewelry contracts. As Kelly was trying to walk up the famous steps, a security guard – or perhaps an assistant, according to some outlets, although I think this woman was security – began rushing Kelly as several other people circled her as she made her way up the steps. Several of these people even got in between Kelly and the photographers. It was like the security people were trying to rush Kelly and simultaneously ensure that Kelly’s photos were bad or unusable. Here’s a video of the incident, and you can see Kelly reacting:

Someone said Kelly told off the security woman because the woman stepped on her dress but I don’t think so? Something tugged at Kelly’s dress but I think it was just the carpet snagging. It feels more like Kelly was mad at being rushed up the steps and not allowed to pose, although it definitely looks like that particular security woman might have said something. Anyway, I’m on Team Kelly. She seems pretty mild-mannered in general, so for Kelly to get angry like this, the situation must have been out of hand.

Meanwhile, Kelly posted some glamour shots of her gown like nothing happened. LOL.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Alice B. Tokeless says:

    If my lipreading skills are adequate, she’s clearly saying, “Don’t touch me.” I’m with her. She was clearly being “pushed” along, and it was rude.

    • seaflower says:

      Ditto, it was clear they didnt want her on the red carpet and tried to block her and hurry her off the stairs. The female guard was laughing with a colleague at the end of it.

      I did think her dress was stepped on, but not enough to rip it.

      • BeanieBean says:

        It was weird. From the video, it seemed as though all the security guards were heading her off at the pass, each one standing in her way & pointing to the side. She looked lovely that evening & I feel bad for her that she got treated that way.

    • Eleonor says:

      I didn’t watch the video, but My first thought was: she touched her.
      I HATE being touched.
      I hate when people invade my personal space.
      I don’t know why.
      I had a coworker who is very touchy, I told her “please don’t touch me!” but one day she did and I had a reaction I couldn’t even control: I screamed “DON’T TOUCH ME”. This applies also to family members too.
      It’s irrational, at least for me.
      She could have been more polite ? Yes of course, but if it is an irrational, automatic reaction it’s stronger then her.

      • Kokiri says:

        It’s not irrational to hate being touched.
        I loathe being touched.
        I love being hugged when I initiate it. But to randomly come up & touch me: no.
        For many reasons, some past trauma some environmental some texturally.

        We aren’t all the same. It’s ok to not like what society says we should.

      • Lau says:

        Honestly the video makes the whole situation looks better than it does on the photos I think.
        She must have been rushed up the stairs which would not be surprising coming from the people organizing the festival. Maybe they’re trying to rush along people who come to see the movie to make more space and give more time on the red carpet to the team of the movie being showed.

      • Yup, Me says:

        You should rethink the stories you tell yourself. Your body belongs to you and no one has the right to touch you without your permission. Period. My husband and children are the people closest to me on the planet and they still are not allowed to touch my body without my permission.

        And you never need to be polite about telling someone not to touch you. Especially if you’ve already told them before.

      • Pulplove says:

        At first, I was also angry that the security guard seemed to have touched Kelly. But in the meantime, I’ve seen pictures from other angles and she did not touch her. On the pictures here you can actually see the shadow of her hand/arm on Kelly’s shoulder/armpit.

        Still, an unpleasant situation for Kelly for sure. But it’s difficult to judge the situation fully without background information.

        Kelly was once my favorite Destiny’s Child but by now, I can’t get over her Chris Brown stance.

      • Megan says:

        Like so many other attendees, I assume Kelly was being paid to walk the red carpet and security knew it. Rushing her and blocking her from the cameras was interfering with her contract. I can see why she was mad.

    • alibeebee says:

      she said don’t talk to me like
      that and then again Don’t talk to me like that! I heard you .. you don’t talk to me like that . Something eas said to
      her or in hear earshot that wasn’t appreciated .

      • dj says:

        I thought she said ‘you don’t talk to me like that’ also. I felt like there might be some racist overtures here. I hope I’m wrong. But the way that security person laughed later about it. Gave me the icks.

    • Jen says:

      Well now it’s come out that you were wrong. The guard didn’t touch her. K was saying don’t talk to me like that. And K was the one who touched the guard.

    • Jen says:

      @Erica but she didn’t touch her. She didn’t put a finger in her. So you clocked nothing. You were just wrong.

      • Annalise says:

        Jen, I know I’m late to this party, but here’s my opinion anyway; Even if the security lady didn’t actually touch Rowland, she was still invading Kelly’s space BIG TIME (the fact that there was initially so much uncertainty as to whether or not Rowland was touched, demonstrates that.) Additionally, the security lady, along with what looks like a couple security men, absolutely made a beeline for Kelly, basically surrounded her, and seemed to be trying to usher her OFF the red carpet as quickly as possible, as well as blocking photographers from taking pics. The overall effect was that, if someone didn’t know who Rowland was, probably would have thought that she wasn’t supposed to be ON the red carpet, and was quickly escorted OFF of it by security. Hell, even if you DO know who she is, it STILL looked like security thought she wasn’t supposed to be there, and acted to get her OFF the red carpet as quickly as possible. I cannot IMAGINE how angry and humiliated Rowland must have been. Most importantly, WHY did security think that they needed to remove her from the red carpet??? I have CERTAINLY never seen that happen at Cannes before, at least not to people who are SUPPOSED to be on the red carpet. Absolutely stinks of racism. Rowland is owed a MASSIVE apology.

  2. LooneyTunes says:

    It looks to me like the guard stepped on her dress or got into her personal space and she didn’t like it. Kelly seems to be particularly short tempered lately. There’s no excuse for pointing in someone’s face like that. The ego on some of these people 🙄

    • CatMum says:

      the guard should not have touched her in the first place. she was defending herself.

    • Walking the Walk says:

      Absolutely not. That woman touched her and had no business doing it and kept touching her.

    • girl_ninja says:

      Indeed. The ego of that security/usher touching a person they don’t know.

      • Jenny says:

        I’ve watched the video over and over. The only person touching anyone was Kelly touching the guard.

      • Erica says:

        @ Jenny

        I guess you also didn’t see the pictures above which are from the video of the security guard with her hand on Kelly’s shoulder and in the video pushing her up the stairs, but don’t worry we clocked you.

      • Jess says:

        I guess you also don’t see that in the pictures above, her hand is clearly hovering over the shoulder, not touching it. But don’t worry, we clocked you too.

    • Fabiola says:

      Didn’t she storm off the today show too? She seems full of herself for being Beyoncé’s shadow

    • Fifty-50 says:

      You do realize that your statement is akin to victim blaming, right? You implied that the guard’s treatment is justified because Kelly “seems to be particularly short tempered lately.” You’ve made a basic right – not to be accosted and touched by a stranger – contingent on “good” behavior.

      Not really a stretch to go from there to things like, “it’s okay to smack a kid if they break a window,” or “it’s okay for a man to assault his wife if she cheated on him.”

      Some rights are absolute. Unless you’re Black, apparently.

  3. janey says:

    I cannot stand people pointing in other people’s faces. no matter what happened there was no need to point right in that woman’s face. It looks aggressive and probably felt aggressive to be on the receiving end of. there are ways of dealing with things as this was not the way.

    • SaySo says:

      I think Kelly handled the situation well, even though it was uncomfortable for her. Everyone has a different way of expressing their discomfort. If Kelly standing up for herself made the security guard uncomfortable, then the guard could have backed off and given Kelly some space to walk. Instead, the guard herded Kelly like cattle, stepped on her dress, and crowded her while she was trying to take photos, which is part of her job.

    • Flower says:

      She asked her repeatedly to stop pushing/ touching her – what else would you have done ?

      • janey says:

        I know it’s really hard to keep calm when someone repeatedly does the thing you have asked them not to, it’s just unfortunate she’s surrounded by cameras. I suppose I would have herded the security guard out of the way as she was trying to do to Kelly or completely ignored her and carried on posing. I don’t know, and I have watched the video several more times, and I still don’t know what I would have done. I just can’t stand the pointing. I don’t blame her at all for being angry or upset, or for defending herself and her right to be there and telling someone off for bad behaviour but it can be done without pointing in someone’s face. the security guard was undoubtedly in the wrong, and I should have made that view known in my original post.

      • Walking the Walk says:

        Well apparently Black women should just accept it. Ugh. The comments here today.

      • poppedbubble says:

        @Walkingthewalk. 💯 agree. Says a lot.

      • Emme says:

        @Flower, I also hate people invading my personal space, and developed a neat trick as an adult to prevent this. A step backwards coming down HARD on the foot of the person annoying me whilst profusely apologising virtually always made people back up in agony. Or a hard sharp elbow, again accompanied by profuse apologies. Very rarely did I have to repeat the action, but if I did I’d just say “Oh, I’m so clumsy!”

      • Jess says:

        @Walking the Walk
        1. Nobody said anyone “should just accept it”.
        2. Pointing a finger into someone’s face can be interpreted as aggressive no matter who does it, in fact, it’d look even more aggressive if a man (of any color) did it.
        Ergo, the leap to “Black women should just accept it” is entirely yours, beginning to end.

    • tealily says:

      She’s clearly smiling nicely and saying something repeatedly to woman until she isn’t. I’ve never heard of Kelly being nasty to anyone, so my instinct is that the woman should have listened to her the first 3 times.

    • Joy says:

      The security guard(s) comes off as unprofessional and rude. Kelly was within her rights to defend herself.

  4. LadyE says:

    I’m pretty firmly in the follow staff instructions, especially security, and don’t be an ass and pull rank camp, BUT this honestly felt off. Like particularly the one lady, but when they all huddle around her, it felt hostile towards Kelly and it doesn’t look like she was being so out of line that they needed to do that. They seemed like they were treating her like they thought she was going to bolt and go back down the steps to pose again lol. I get that their job is to keep people moving and I’m sure attendees are told not to linger on the steps, but really Kelly wasn’t doing anything egregious. It’s like they preemptively treated her like a rule breaker. Dunno gives me a bad taste compared to how the other people are not treated that way

    • Flower says:

      Then there’s the footage of white women including Heidi Klum with no one pushing/ jostling them along.

      The situation felt very very hostile.

      • trillion says:

        Maybe Heidi Klum was within a time limit on the steps? Maybe she didn’t get her dress stepped on? Who knows? There’s just not enough information yet to go to that conclusion. There’s so much racism out there in the world and applying it to this scenario without knowing the details weakens the just causes.

      • Layday says:

        @Trillion You have no more info than anyone posting and yet here you are making justifications for why one person doesn’t get their boundaries violated but another does. This is what Black people mean when we say we never get the benefit of the doubt even in a situation where we are not given courtesy and respect. Something has to be over the top before it gets called what it is. Who are you to arbitrate what is racist and what isn’t and say it weakens actual racism. This weakens no such argument because there isn’t a finite amount of racism that people should care about or tolerate. People point out micro aggressions and you are all too happy to dismiss them because it has to be racism with a Big R. Stop gatekeeping others experience. It’s equally insulting. Kelly wouldn’t be the first or last celebrity late on a red carpet (assuming she was even late which we don’t know). It hardly supports this type of behavior when there is proof that other celebrities are not subjected to this behavior on the red carpet that don’t share the same skin color as Kelly. Things that should not have to be said in 2024 but here we are.

      • poppedbubble says:

        @Trillion and here we go with excuses for one and no grace given to the other. Do people actually not know they are doing this?

      • Gah says:

        I think Kelly wanted to get the stair shots and that guard was literally blocking the shots and shifting her to the side.

        Guard was giving aggressive and you don’t belong here.

        I have never seen anything like that on the Cannes red carpet. Inexcusable I think. So unprofessional and obviously racist.

  5. Rai says:

    Good for Kelly. I’m so sick of people doing stupid things and when someone calls them out, it’s an issue. Stop FA and then you won’t FO. It’s a very simple thing.

  6. North of Boston says:


    That guard was absolutely crowding her and rushing her. (And at one point early on several of them were, blocking shots in a way i’ve not seen before when someone is actively posing)

    To the point that another guard came down and waved her off and she still didn’t back down at first.

    Kelly was absolutely in the right to try to reclaim her space from someone crowding her, touching her and preventing her from doing her job (ie for celebrities walking the red carpets at Cannes, posing for photographs IS their job)

    • Walking the Walk says:

      Thank you. I love how no one ignored the other guard coming down to tell that woman to knock it off. And Kelly’s assistant or whoever that was to tell her to stop touching and rushing her too.

  7. sevenblue says:

    Wow, I have never seen a security guard putting his/her hand on a famous person like that. That looks disrespectful. If she was slow or something, tell her people that she needs to rush a little. I don’t know that is weird.

  8. stormyshay says:

    I understand why she might be upset after spending all that time getting ready only to be rushed from the red carpet. We do not know details. Maybe she showed up late, maybe the carpet was behind, etc. I do not think wagging your finger on someone’s face is an appropriate way to handle the situation. That is aggressive and is the position were reversed and security had a finger in her face people would be responding differently.

    She recently walked out on The Today Show and let’s not forget she defended Chris Brown. The common denominator in all these scenarios is her, so maybe she is the problem.

    • sevenblue says:

      Didn’t an article come out that Kelly asked The Today Show not to ask any questions about Beyonce because she was there to promote her own work and they did it anyway after agreeing? You can even see her face drop when she was asked about Cowboy Carter. She was right about walking out after that and the Today Show lied and said Kelly didn’t like her dressing room, that’s why she walked out. She can go to hell for defending Chris Brown though.

  9. Jais says:

    They are crowding her and putting hands on her. That’s a hard no.

  10. bisynaptic says:

    WTAF. They were preventing her from posing or being seen. Why?

  11. Nubia says:

    Isnt the red stairs pose the money shot? Looks like they were blocking her and she didnt like it.

  12. Tanesha86 says:

    Some of these comments are making me angry. That security guard rushed her, got in her space and touched her despite being told not to MULTIPLE times but Kelly is the one being aggressive and rude for reacting? Are y’all listening to yourselves?????? Feeding into all the negative stereotypes about Black women all because she dared to defend herself. Wow

    • Magdalena says:

      Thank you. THIS is exactly how I read the situation as well. I was raised to believe that pointing is rude (hence why I always am surprised to see the UK royals always gaping and pointing in photographs). But in THIS situation? Absolutely zero criticism from me. She is right to stand her ground. I agree with what sevenblue said earlier – I doubt the security guard or assistant or whatever would have put her hands on another famous person in such a disrespectful manner, while maintaining that patronisingly pained smarmy look on her face.

      • Is That So? says:

        Thank you Tanesha86.

        I see them treating her as if she doesn’t belong there. It’s like they didn’t know who she was, and wouldn’t except that she belong

        The whole thing reminds me of a recent Misan Harriman Twitter, post. .

        I hope her people follow up.

    • CommentingBunny says:


    • Kokiri says:


      Touch me without my permission & find out.

      • Lady D says:

        I actively avoid being touched, too. Just don’t and we will both be happier. The last time a guy pointed a finger in my face to ‘straighten me out’ I snapped my teeth closed less than an inch from his finger. He was not expecting that, he told his friends I was crazy. I was bartending at the time.

    • Chaine says:

      My first thought was security guard would not have done this to a white celeb. Surprised at the pile on in these comments to defend the guard.

      • Sara says:

        ITA I haven’t seen any white celebs bring manhandled by French security

      • poppedbubble says:

        I, sadly am not surprised. The same folks show their behinds every single time. Never learning or don’t want to learn, who knows why?

    • Layday says:

      @Tanesha86 Thank-you. I thought it was just me. Some of these comments make no sense. It’s ridiculous to call someone rude and aggressive when they are being touched without their consent and merely trying to articulate that they don’t want to be touched and their personal space invaded. It appears multiple times from the video that Kelly tried to deflect the overzealous security guard politely and she still didn’t take the hint and continued to touch her. Yet someone she is the one being called rude and aggressive. Funny how these words often make an appearance when it’s a Black woman. Some folks must have sat front row in Blaming the victim 101. Compare her treatment to other celebrities on the carpet and it’s obvious why Kelly was upset. If the security guard can’t do her job without touching someone without their consent then this is not the job for her, but somehow this is now Kelly’s fault. Even little kids get taught early on keep your hands to yourself and you have the right to express your boundaries if someone violates that. It was the guard that overly aggressive and Kelly simply checked her on it.

    • Juju says:

      Tanesha86, I 100% agree.

    • TQ says:

      💯. The security guard was a Karen and being disrespectful to Kelly by rushing her, and Kelly pushed back. Wouldn’t be surprised if Kelly was the only one the Karen rushed…SMDH.

    • Flower says:

      Agree – just shocking that people think the security woman’s behaviour is acceptable.

      Black women will always be made out to be the aggressors even if we did cower and beg. I think people don’t realise how deeply their racism is embedded in their psyche.

      Contrast this with the white models, actresses and even influencers who were on the red carpet just moments after Kelly and it’s clear that Kelly was hustled alone.

      France has very dodgy race relations at best (I have lived there) and this is classic French white woman aggression. Notice how the security lady even laughs behind Kelly’s back and does not at any point apologise for stepping on her dress, rather she just doubles down on herding her out of the way.


    • Walking the Walk says:

      Thank you.

    • MissMarirose says:

      I noticed that too. Calling Kelly “aggressive” just because she pointed at the woman is so ridiculous. It’s just pointing. lol. People here are really telling on themselves. Especially the ones who, when questioned, can’t actually articulate why they don’t like what Kelly did in defense of herself.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Makes me wonder if these readers are identifying with Kelly or the white female security guard and why that is. 🤔

      It also reminds me of conversations I’ve had where white women are all up in arms about what is “polite” or “appropriate” and they are CLEARLY missing the bigger picture on what is RIGHT or WRONG. And it makes me wonder “Damn! They got y’all mentally bound up like that for real? To where you can’t recognize your right to tell someone to get their damn hands off your body because God forbid you hurt their feelings or look aggressive to outsiders? Really?!”

      • Yup, Me says:

        Or is it just that the Black women can’t do it? Do Black women’s bodies not belong to them?

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  13. Lucy2 says:

    It looks to me like they were rushing her, and possibly stepped on her dress and touched her.

    • Barbie1 says:

      It looked like she was trying to ignore them and trying to enjoy the moment until she couldn’t take it anymore. Treated her like a nobody and rushed her on her way out. Strange.

  14. teehee says:

    It looks like all teh security was trying to move her along, but she wanted to stay.
    So she was already irritated before anything else (like touching or stepping) even happened.

    And, I see it wasnt even the lady who Kelly was yelling at, who stepped on it! I think thats what the dispute was.
    The lady with the longer hair stepped on the dress instead.

    I don’t think its right to be that aggressive esp in a professional setting because clearly the security are not trying to harm her (the lady even kept a smile about it), but trying to keep the venue flowing smoothly– cos shes not the only person on the carpet.

    I call over reaction to pick a fight about it rather than to continue standing and smiling (like she first was doing, and just disregarding the security).
    Had she kept that up, it would have ended more positively (for her). Now shes got bad press that will be forever.

  15. Concern Fae says:

    I’ve always heard Cannes has their own rules for the red carpet and that they are strictly enforced But this is not a good look.

  16. frankly says:

    Are there videos of them treating anyone else like this? Blocking pictures with their arms as if the celeb is going to make a break for it and run back down the stairs?

  17. Nanea says:

    Whatever happened, one thing is clear: the Cannes staff need to be educated about how to treat people right and respectfully. And how to be discreet and act inconspicuously in front of the cameras.

    Where on earth is touching someone ok?

    Whatever may have been the reason for the security to want Kelly away from the steps, I doubt the reason was valid or should have included shooing Kelly away.

    Cannes is *always * late, not least because absolute zero listers like some runners-up from long ago seasons of Germany’s Next Top Model, who never became top models, are allowed to pose, especially this year. I really have no idea why big name brands still cooperate with Heidi and her more than questionable organisation. And anyway, who are they compared to Kelly?

  18. Hannah Kay says:

    She’s defended Chris Brown on multiple occasions and has said men who beat women deserve “grace” and “to be forgiven”. In the wake of the Diddy and Cassie video, nobody in their right mind should ever be “Team Kelly”.

    • Tanesha86 says:

      What does what she said about Chris Brown (who I loathe fwiw) have to do with someone putting hands on her? Quickly!

      • Persephone says:

        Good question @Tanesha86. I mean, why is this even being mentioned??? SMDH.

      • Kebbie says:

        The French woman had clearly been keeping track of all of Kelly’s past comments about Chris Brown and took that into consideration when she rushed her up the stairs, blocked the shots, touched her, and stepped on her dress! It’s also why she laughed behind Kelly’s back after their interaction. That’s why it’s relevant here.


      • Hannah Kay says:

        I suggest you take a Critical Gender Studies course to understand the larger issues at play and the intersection of race, gender, and nationality happening here. Kelly’s repeated defense of men who abuse Black women is horrific and contributes to the culture that allows women, particularly women of color, to continue to be treated horribly.

      • Fifty-50 says:

        @Hannah Kay: Truly an incredible comment, to treat someone’s lived experience as an intellectual exercise.

        Let me rephrase, since apparently you can only relate to things if it’s your body on the line. Your statement is the equivalent of a man telling you, “I suggest you take a History of Feminism course to understand the larger issues at play and the intersection between gender, politics and reproductive rights. So-and-so’s repeated defense of forced pregnancies is horrific and contributes to the culture that makes women, including white women, maintain a culture of silence around sexual assault.”

        And before you try to tell me something like “as a BIPOC,” note that I haven’t assumed anything about what you look like. But if you’d known, you wouldn’t have said what you did.

    • poppedbubble says:

      Oh so she should be stoned in public and no one should be alarmed?

    • Bandit says:

      The misogynoir on display in this comments section is an example of why men get away with harming black women. Kelly Rowland’s opinions on famous abusive men in this context doesn’t matter because no one should be touched unless they’ve consented to it.
      If you care about the safety of black women you’d acknowledge that she shouldn’t be touched by a security guard without consent, it’s a racist incident and pretending otherwise perpetuates the harm committed against black women.
      Because of the topic I do want to acknowledge my white privilege in this comment.

      • Flower says:

        Don’t you know you can only be an ally with black people who are literal magical perfect flawless negroes?

      • Fifty-50 says:

        Sometimes I think this is why MM is supported (somewhat) by white women – she fits the “magical perfect flawless” (beautiful educated not-too-dark) criteria. And people still police her on the coat she wears for what weather, which orchard she got the lemons for her ARO jam, and say she should give her money away to charity. Then criticize her for sending jam to Chrissy Teigen, as though she’s responsible for Teigen’s behavior from ten years ago.

    • poppedbubble says:

      Not at all. What would be the acceptable level of harm done to her for it to be okay to be “Team Kelly” then, because from what I’m reading you’re saying because of comments and stance, racist behavior towards her is okay.

    • Tanesha86 says:

      @Hannah Kay the audacity to tell a queer Black woman to take an intersectional feminism class…

  19. Ameerah M says:

    The woman touched her. Don’t put your hands on people without their consent. Simple as that. And all the dog whistles in this comment section…some of you are telling on yourselves.

    • Flower says:


      This does not feel like a safe place for black women at all, at all…. wowzers….

  20. Olivia says:

    I got several “Don’t talk to me like that”.

  21. Flower says:

    Some of the comments in this posting are why black women do not feel safe around white women.

    The lack of empathy and understanding is astounding.

    Truly shocking.

    • girl_ninja says:

      This, by a million. So many of them hate us and I am always on guard around them.

    • Ameerah M says:

      Exactly this. There is a reason why Black women don’t see white women as allies. And this thread is a glaring example of that.

    • teehee says:

      I have to butt in here with my white self and point out the context.
      This is France (more physical touch is welcomed) and look at some other videos where security are walking all around and guiding and directing people. Also read the other comments about these people literally being handlers and this is their job.
      I am not sure, why people want to make this some attack on her, when to the security she is just another person on the carpet for them to direct around like all the rest.

      I think she overreacted to a tiny touch not meant to harm her at all.

      Its irrational how mad people are about it and claiming “she isnt safe” when she was gently touched with an open hand to guide her up the stairs …. by another woman who was smiling at her.

      Ok so this might be why we arent allies– its just way too much. Its just absolutely unreasonable.

      Imagine this was a white woman being touched by security. juet like that. I dont think anybody would call it an attack or make it about race.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        LOL, way to prove Flower’s point. Not an ounce of self-awareness.

      • Ameerah M says:

        Exhibit A of Flower’s point.

      • Flower says:

        @teehee “I have to butt in here with my Black Brit African self who has actually studied and then lived in France and politely disagree with your “context” – both in Paris and the south of France btw.

        I can categorically tell you that the French are far more cautious as concerns touching non French people. They get and understand the social cues. When I lived there they continually assumed I was American and I was NEVER manhandled in this way – not even at the airport where it was permissible. I was always kept informed that they were going to touch me and for what reason. Further if you objected they just backed the fcuk up – that simple. French people can be quite emotive, but once you state a boundary it IS IMMEDIATELY acknowledged, and let me tell you that applies ESPECIALLY if you’re an “outsider”.

        Also does that mean you’re ok with the male guards touching the guests ?

        The excuses for the female guard on this page are actually shocking. She hustled and harassed a guest and then literally laughed at her seconds later behind her back, whilst gesturing to her colleagues. Watch the tape again.

        I am actually quite shocked at the grace that you and other commenters on this page are willing to give the guard but not Kelly. I can only imagine the backlash if this were say a black or arab French woman herding and handling Taylor Swift or another prominent white celeb in this way – but we know that would NEVER happen.

        The whitesplaining is OFF the fcuking charts and just plain insulting at this point.

        Once again, just shocking.

      • Tanesha86 says:

        Trust me, TEEHEE we ALL knew your race well before you announced it based on your previous comment. Your dismissive attitude and gut instinct to defend the actual aggressor here told us all we needed to know about you: you aren’t equipped for these discussions due to your implicit racial bias and should sit this one out

      • Flower says:

        @Tanesha86 💯

      • Kebbie says:

        Another white woman here, and you don’t have to butt in. You just don’t. What you’re doing here is the white woman version of mansplaining. Sometimes we should just shut up, listen, and not act like we know better than the women that have to face these microaggressions daily.

        Even you say “imagine this was a white woman…” White women were all over that red carpet and this didn’t seem to happen to any of them. I wonder why that is.

      • @poppedbubble says:

        If you think that this is only about a “tiny touch not meant to harm her” then you understand even less than your many words imply. And 100% sincerity here. Thank you for stating plainly that you have no desire to be an ally. It’s actually refreshing. No need to waste time on people who don’t care to be better.

    • QuiteContrary says:

      I’m a white woman, and I’d be shocked to see a white celebrity get this same treatment. Because it wouldn’t happen.

      Regardless of what Kelly may have said about Chris Brown or ANYONE, this was clearly an instance in which white security people were rushing a Black woman — probably because they’d never think of doing the same to white celebs and they had to make up the time somehow, so, hey, let’s make the Black woman speed up the steps.

      I’m sorry this sh*t happens over and over and over again. How Black women get out of the bed in the morning to endure this crap repeatedly — I can only imagine how exhausting it gets. (And we’re discussing the treatment of a Black celebrity here … the sh*t that nonfamous Black women have to put up with is far worse.)

    • Liz says:

      There is a fallacy that white women are our allies and honestly as a minority I have found that to be the opposite. They talk about women empowerment and supporting each other but when situations like this happen, they are the first to be like oh she could have been nicer. I felt visibly uncomfortable watching how Kelly was treated. The security woman was disrespectful and I have never seen any security in other videos of white celebrities. Sorry I should edit to say not all white women but the comments in here were really shocking. I would have expected more support in what clearly unfavourable treatment of Kelly. The security wouldn’t even let her wave goodbye to the photographers!

  22. Kateee says:

    Good on you, Ms Kelly. She kept it moving, while also doing her job of posing. Sorry it wasn’t fast enough for those French security staff but they had no right to crowd her like that (and it seems maybe even touch her). I’d flip out. She was right to stand up for herself.

    Also, it’s so hot out, I’m ready to tell people off for sideways glances, forget trying to herd me anywhere.

  23. SamuelWhiskers says:

    Celebs have specific time slots and a specific order for the red carpet, so if someone is late, they will be moved along by the red carpet handlers (there are people whose entire job is to ensure the choreography of the red carpet goes smoothly) so that the celebs who are scheduled next don’t have to wait and to avoid a backlog.

    Red carpets are much much more choreographed than people realise.

    On the other hand it’s France, so I’m willing to bet racism did play a factor.

  24. Teee says:

    Why is that security guard holding up her arm in front of Kelly… f-ing up her photos: WTF? Is that how she treated other stars???

  25. Bumblebee says:

    You point your finger Kelly! The staff was being rude, but that blonde with her arm blocking Kelly and the hand just about touching her was way out of line. Kelly politely told them to stop and got in that lady’s face after she did not back up out of her space. And in America, we point all the time, it’s not the worst thing in the world. What she is doing right there is emphazing each word, showing us exactly how close that woman is to her, and trying to get her to back away without touching her. As a white woman, who knows all the tricks white women pull, wow, they didn’t even try to hide the r*cism.

  26. Kokiri says:

    A white SECURITY woman accosts a Black woman in full view of public & press, & people are criticizing the Black woman?

    Check your micro aggressions, folks, & stop playing into the “white woman as victim” trope.

  27. Ann says:

    Very rude security! Don’t put your arm in front of me and point! Don’t touch! Don’t rush a celebrity up the stairs in a long dress! People!!

  28. Wendy says:

    At first the lady security guard stepped on her dress and said sorry and then Kelly touched her arm ( very nicely ) and its okay. Then she started to hustle her and push her up the stairs (looks like she said something rude to Kelly ) and Kelly probably had enough and said ” Don’t Talk To Me Like That” on repeat.. That’s what I took. Kelly is definitely NOT a DIVA and that’s why the male security guard probably rushed down the stairs to see what the hell his minion was doing..LOL

  29. Jilliebean says:

    Those security guards were out of line. They’ blocked her from posing and hurried her along.

    You would never see security do this to Bella or Gigi.

    It’s baloney.

  30. lucky says:


  31. Kkat says:

    I’m white and what I see is flat out racism directed at Kelly

  32. Elo says:

    Meh, I feel like this is not that big of a deal. There could be a language and cultural barrier there too. I feel like situations like this can be very high stress, and everyone deserves to be given a little grace.
    Also Kelly looks fab. I love the blond on her.

  33. BGB says:

    When Hannah Waddingham told off a photographer for being inappropriate this entire site was ‘Yes, Queen’ energy. When Kelly Rowland tells someone to NOT TOUCH HER and to not speak to her in a certain manner she’s ‘Aggressive’. You always show yourselves…

    • Flower says:

      ^^ 💯 this !

    • mary mary says:

      Sometimes I do have to wonder why we have different comment sections for MM and any other black woman…

      • BGB says:

        @MaryMary, I have had that same thought. Colorism plays a big part, I’m sure …

      • Jais says:

        Regular MM commenter and honestly a lot of the names on this comment section are not the same as those in the MM comment sections. The majority of the names that I do recognize on here from the MM posts have said the security guard was in the wrong for how she treated Kelly. That said, colorism is a real thing. Just not seeing too many MM commenters on here saying anything negative about Kelly in this situation.

      • Feeshalori says:

        If people hemmed and pinned me in, touching me, herding me and getting into my personal space, they would have had more than a finger in their face to get them to back off. That wasn’t right how the security guard behaved to Kelly and she needs an education. and I’m a fairly regular commentor on the MM threads.

  34. Bandit says:

    To the other white womxn in this thread- read authors like bell hooks, Angela Davis and Audre Lorde. The Uses of Anger: White Women Responding to Racism by Audre Lordebis a good place to start. If you prefer YouTube to books than watch content creators like Princess Weekes, Kat Blaque and Shanspeare who are providing educational content for free. Learn what the word misogynoir (coined by Moya Bailey) means.
    I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes ever.

    ‘What woman here is so enamored of her own oppression that she cannot see her heelprint upon another woman’s face?  What woman’s terms of oppression have become precious and necessary to her as a ticket into the fold of the righteous, away from the cold winds of self-scrutiny?’ -Audre Lorde

    It’s predictable and disappointing to see how many white women are identifying with a white women who touched a black women without her consent, refusing to acknowledge racism and continuing to justify it when black women point it out and talk about the failings of white feminism.

  35. Erica says:

    Don’t you just a good micro-aggression?

    When Travis Kelce screamed at and shoved his coach. The majority were saying it’s just the adrenaline, and he was just caught up. In the game, it’s the same thing that happens in high school football. It’s nothing serious. When people said that Taylor should keep an eye on his temper, then people are just overreacting.

    Fast-forward to Kelly, people are saying she has a short temper and is aggressive, for pointing her finger and then brushing someone’s hand off her who was blocking her from taking pictures and brushing and shoving her, but somehow she’s in the wrong .

  36. Flamingo says:

    I am going to need a manager to explain why three, three to four escorts or security personnel.
    Needed to box and surround her like she was just caught shoplifting from Target and waiting for the cops to show up.

    This was so disrespectful to Kelly and her status as a celebrity and world-famous singer. Would they do that to Beyonce? I don’t think so.

    • Kebbie says:

      “Would they do that to Beyonce? I don’t think so.”

      It wouldn’t surprise me. Isn’t France also where Oprah wasn’t allowed to look at an expensive Hermes bag because the shopgirl assumed she couldn’t afford it?

      • CherBear says:

        Some of these comments…🤬😡. Security needs has a serious “unconscious bias” as to some commenters here. truly

      • Flamingo says:

        That was in Zurich not France. The incident in Paris was when she tried to go in and they were closed for a private event (that’s their story anyway).

      • samipup says:

        Switzerland, iirc.

    • bisynaptic says:

      They might also do it to Beyonce. But they wouldn’t do it to a White woman.

  37. Cel2495 says:

    It looks to me like the security were the ones with the issue not Kelly. She seemed just to react after repeatedly saying or asking for something and being ignored and pushed.

  38. Carman says:

    White feminism strikes again! So some here don’t understand why Kelly’s treatment was racist?!? Even after many WOC explained it repeatedly. For those of you who don’t see the problem, or don’t think it was a “big deal”….. how do you feel about so many WOC feeling unsafe here now? And not just for today, but maybe for always. Excuses just won’t cut it. To actually read here that allyship is just “too much work”, my God. Every day, being a target of racism is “too much work”, but people keep showing up, speaking out and doing the work because they have no choice. Denying racism, however — people’s lived experience, IS a choice.

    • Flower says:

      ” how do you feel about so many WOC feeling unsafe here now? ”

      ^^ This 100%

  39. @poppedbubble says:

    Kaiser – I don’t if any/how many comments were moderated out, but I want to thank you for allowing this conversation of threads to unfold. It was enlightening and disappointing, and angering, but I also hope opened the eyes of a few who need it.

  40. Sass says:

    This security guard was disrespectful to Kelly. And Kelly called her out. She did not need to be polite about it; this woman was publicly embarrassing her and touched her without consent. To laugh about it after, with another colleague? I hope they both get fired.

    “No reason to point in someone’s face” sounds like someone did it to you and you probably deserved it, whoever said that absurd comment. Weaksauce manners shaming right there. If I had someone I didn’t know touch me, I would have reacted similarly.

  41. Mcali02 says:

    That was bizarre. They were being super weird with their arms outstretched blocking her from behind. I’d be pissed too. Only thing that would be an excuse would be a security threat, but the security woman’s demeanor after Kelly left was not one of concern.

  42. Need says:

    I didn’t like the approach of the female security guard from the very botttom of the stairs. She was very pushy and not allowing the celebrity who is there to bring focus to the event through photos of them arriving at the event. Instead of allowing her to stand and be photographed as she ascends the stairs the security guard or usher was entirely too close and invasive, especially at the bottom of the stairs and at the time of the disagreement when she definitely stepped on Kelly’s dress because Kelly had to place her hand on her at the time to let her know her foot was on her dress which is why the security guard raised her leg. It looks as if they exchanged words and I completely understand Kelly feeling uncomfortable and reacting to the aggressive security guard. Why was Kelly the only one who was surrounded by security all the way up the stairs while other celebrity were allowed to walk up the stairs without an overly aggressive group so security?

  43. Jayna says:

    After watching the video, I don’t blame her for getting fed up. It wasn’t just the female she pointed at and had words with. It was the whole thing starting with the other security personnel, or whatever their title is. Everything leading up to it was over the top and Kelly was handling it like a pro, and they got worse. Rude is an understatement in the way these security personnel handled wanting her to move on up the stairs and literally surrounding or blocking her and closing in on her. Unbelievable. The female security guard’s interaction with her was the last straw for Kelly. I say. “Go, Kelly!”

    • North of Boston says:

      ^ this

      There were multiple guards swarming, herding her, blocking her from clear photos (the arms raised, waving, all angles) even before the one guard came in close. Then the dress snagging and then whatever was said that caused Kelly to push back “don’t talk to me like that”

      The security team’s treatment of her was outrageous, and that one long haired woman’s keeping at it, even when another guard has to come down and tell her to back off was OTT

      It is awful to see all the comments from folks who can’t (or refuse to) see that. I swear i’ve seen red carpet premiere gate-crashers, drunk dudes, streakers over the years treated with more respect, professionalism than these monitors gave Kelly on those stairs.

      K was much more professional than I might have been in that situation.

  44. Thymus says:

    It does look like the security guard rushed her and touched or was about to touch her, and got into some weird argument with her. Really bad look. No need to appear to get physical and nasty with performers. Looks like inadequate training.

  45. Lala says:

    The vibe is racist. Americans like to believe we have a monopoly on it, but we definitely do not. Europeans have strong feelings about Africans and Australians have strong feelings about Asians and so on and so forth. It looks like they didn’t know who she was and didn’t want, in their minds, some no-name Black woman taking up space.

  46. Hypocrisy says:

    As a person with many triggers, someone touching me from behind, especially on bare skin, is a huge one. I turn with an automatic hook so I’m definitely team Kelly. That security needs to be fired.

  47. Hereforthegossip says:

    This guard needs to be fired because there are racial overtones to how she chooses to ‘usher’ celebrity guests and women of color up the stairs. The receipts are on the internet- this woman did it to Kelly the other day, yesterday to a Dominican actress who literally pushed her away from her because she touched her and there is video of her doing it to an Asian actress. What’s funny is the incident with the Dominican actress came with video and you can literally see while she is being accosted and swarmed by security that two white women ( looks like Nicky Hilton) come to the carpet and up the stairs unbothered and are allowed to pose for pictures while they are harassing and blocking the other one from taking pictures!!!