Squirrels stepped into water at Halsey concert, sparking outrage

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Videos of a flooded amphitheater and soaked fans at Halsey’s June 8 concert went viral after flash flooding and severe weather reportedly forced the singer to cancel her concert.

A series of videos highlighting the chaos at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland went viral on Twitter.

A particular video of a squirrel in the venue has sparked outrage from fans and viewers.

“No way is this Halsey Maryland show real like WAS,” the user who took the video wrote in the caption.

The video, which has over 520,300 views on Twitter and was posted by user @ammamariee, shows the moment a squirrel was kicked off the stage into the ankle-high, flooded floor of the Merriweather by a man. In the video, front-row concertgoers standing behind a gate scream as they watch the squirrel try to escape from the water.

“Poor baby” and “It’s a squirrel, pick him up,” say the front-row fans as they beg the onstage staff to help the squirrel.

According to the user who posted the video, the squirrel that fans nicknamed “Chuck” in the video was fine and managed to find shelter backstage. However, fans were still upset with how the situation was handled.

“Now what the fuck was the point of kicking that squirrel that was just trying to get out of the water,” one user commented below the video. Another user quoted the tweet as captioning it: “WHY DID HE KICK THAT POOR THING OFF STAGE WHAT THE-.”

It’s not entirely clear who the man was, but fans in the video’s comments speculated it was one of Halsey’s employees and not someone who works at the Merriweather.

Audrey Shaefer, a spokeswoman for the Pavillion, described the incident as “troubling” in an email to the Daily Dot. Shaefer said while “it wasn’t an employee or venue contractor, we’re looking into it.”

Halsey’s team has not responded to Daily Dot’s email requests for comment.


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*Initial publication: June 9, 2022 3:43 pm CDT

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