Something unexpected—and unacceptable—happened during Ariana Grande‘s Coachella set Sunday night (April 21). For whatever reason, a person in the crowd decided to throw a full lemon at her as she walked across the stage.
Fans in the audience captured this moment on camera, and they were, of course, outraged. “What immature swine threw a fucking whole-ass lemon at Ariana? What were they trying to achieve?” one person tweeted. “If you throw a lemon at Ariana Grande, you’re a piece of shit,” wrote another.
Grande kept the show going—this was her second weekend at Coachella—but did comment on the incident. “What the fuck? That’s ’cause one of y’all threw a lemon at me. Shit,” she said.
To be clear, throwing something at any performer on stage is straight-up disrespectful and indefensible—no matter what the intention. There’s speculation a Beyoncé fan threw the fruit due to reports Grande was allegedly paid more for performing at Coachella than she was last year. That rumor hasn’t been confirmed, but regardless it’s still no excuse to resort to physical heckling.
Watch the moment and Grande’s reaction for yourself, below:
Reactions on Twitter are running the gamut. There are several memes circulating about the incident, which is no surprise:
But it should go without saying that no amount of joking on the Internet makes what happened to Ariana Grande OK. Even one of the people who turned this moment into a meme clarified this:
“I just wanna clear it up that I think that the lemon shouldn’t have been thrown at Ariana and this joke was meant to say that even the lemon thought it was unacceptable,” they wrote. “Sorry if y’all were perceiving it a different way. I didn’t mean any harm.”
Grande took a break from her Sweetener World Tour to perform at Coachella but is slated to resume it on April 25 with a stop in Edmonton, Canada.