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Tom Morello Responds to Backlash Over Cell Phone-Throwing Incident


The topic of cell phones at shows once again came into the conversation this past weekend when Tom Morello grabbed and threw a phone belonging to a fan who got up on stage during a show and attempted to take a selfie with the guitarist. Complicating matters was the fact that Morello had invited dozens of fans up on stage to participate in the show’s finale: in that situation is it Tom’s right to make the rules up there as he sees fit, or should he expect that kind of behavior from a selfie-obsessed culture and just roll with it?

Morello has now fired back at those upset over his treatment of the fan and the phone, offering the following on Twitter:

“When you invite guests to YOUR stage and CLEARLY TELL THEM “if you stick a cell phone in my face I WILL THROW IT” and then their uncontrollable entitled selfie urges overcome their sense of reason they get their f*ckin phones thrown. Simple. #KMA”

Did Tom indeed “clearly” tell fans no selfies on stage? How exactly did he relay that information? Did he announce it from the stage? Sign posted on the venue doors? I’d missed that piece of information prior, and if what Tom is saying is not an exaggeration — that there could have been no doubt the fan was warned — then that idiot ABSOLUTELY got what he deserved. If it was a sign posted on a door or fine print buried in a ticket confirmation email that anyone could miss, well, then it’s a bit more murky.

For what it’s worth, Morello clearly has no issues taking selfies with fans in general, as several shot their own once Tom was finished playing. Just don’t be a dick and do it on stage. Oh, and the phone in question made its way back to its owner, don’t worry.

[via The PRP]

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