Pop star Harry Styles was hit in the face with a phone while performing on stage in Vienna on Saturday.
Styles was performing as part of his Love on Tour concert when a fan threw the phone which hit him in the face. The incident was caught on video and Styles could be seen wincing and grabbing at his face in apparent pain.
It appeared as if the phone had hit Styles in his left eye and caused considerable pain if not outright damaging his eye.
Styles was the latest victim of this bizarre and disturbing trend that will likely prompt changes at concert venues in order to protect performers.
Styles isn't the first to have been assaulted in such a manner.
Earlier this month, singer Bebe Rexha was hit with a phone thrown by a fan and required medical attention
Rexha was hit in the forehead and had a split on her eyebrow which required stitches.
As it turns out a phone thrown with enough force can cause some pretty serious injuries and fans need to think twice about their actions.
Furthermore, there are serious legal repercussions for such actions. While the fan responsible for assaulting Styles has yet to be identified, the individual that hit Rexha was arrested for assault with a weapon.
A variety of performers and singers have come out and condemned the recent trend of fans throwing objects at concerts.
Signer Adele stated, "Have you noticed how people are forgetting f---ing show etiquette at the moment. People are throwing s--- on stage. Have you seen that? I f---ing dare you — I dare you throw something at me. I’ll f---ing kill you."
Singer Charlie Puth also stated, "This trend of throwing things at performers while they are on stage must come to an end. It’s so disrespectful and very dangerous. Please just enjoy the music I beg of you…"
Considering that the fan that hit Rexha admitted that he did it because he thought" it would be funny," it's clear that people need a refresher course in show etiquette.
There seems to be a lack of understanding of what behavior is unacceptable and what is acceptable. Throwing objects at people, no matter how small, isn't funny and could land you in serious legal trouble.