The Veronicas Delete Twitter Account After Weighing In On Qantas And will.i.am Incident
The Twitter account of Australian music duo The Veronicas has disappeared after they weighed in on the Qantas and will.i.am incident.
On Saturday, Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am accused a Qantas flight attendant of racism and being "overly aggressive" during an incident on a flight between Brisbane and Sydney.
The Veronicas, twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso, claimed the same accused flight attendant was also involved when the pair were marched off a Qantas flight in September.
"We support Will.iam," they said in a now-deleted statement on Twitter.
"Sadly this female flight attendant was 1 of 2 attendants involved in our incident with Qantas.
"We feel sickened she was given no reprisal and has instead continued to abuse her position, discriminate, and misuse the full force and intimidation of the Australian Federal Police to her agenda.
"In this case to menace will.i.am and other POC (persons of colour) on this flight."
Qantas told 10 daily the allegations were "not true" and it was not the same flight attendant.
On Sunday evening, The Veronicas' Twitter account was seemingly deleted, just hours after they posted their support for the U.S. rapper.
will.i.am was met by police at Sydney Airport on Saturday after he clashed with the flight attendant, who he claims was "overly aggressive" to him because he couldn't hear her through his noise-cancelling headphones.
"I'm sorry to say me and my group have experienced they (sic) worse service due to a overly aggressive flight attendant... I don't want to believe she racist. But she has clearly aimed all her frustrations only at the people of colour," he tweeted.
In subsequent tweets, the rapper used the hashtag #racistflightattendant, named the woman and shared an image of her and an Australian Federal Police officer.
".@Qantas Your #RacistFlightattendant was beyond rude & took it to the next level by calling the police on me. thank god the other passengers testified that SHE was out of Control the police finally let me go. Imagine if the police were as aggressive as (the flight attendant)," he wrote.
Others on board the flight took to Twitter to corroborate the rapper's account.
But Qantas "completely reject" the allegation that the incident had anything to do with race.
"There was a misunderstanding on board, which seems to have been exacerbated by will.i.am wearing noise cancelling headphones and not being able to hear instructions from crew," a spokesman said in a statement.
"We'll be following up with will.i.am and wish him well for the rest of the tour."
will.i.am is in Australia with the Black Eyed Peas as part of the band's 2019/2020 world tour and is performing in Homebush on Saturday night.