The internet is abuzz with scandal – specifically about Paul McCartney, a 21-time Grammy winner, being denied entry to a Grammys after-party.
The incident, which was filmed by TMZ, took place at the famous Argyle club in Hollywood. The recording shows McCartney arriving with a small troupe, including musician Beck and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, only to be turned down because bouncers had no idea who the men were.
"How VIP do we gotta get?" 73-year-old McCartney exclaimed at the time. "We need another hit guys. We need another hit, work on it."
The rock stars tried a second time to gain entry but were again rejected.
The party’s host, zero-time Grammy winning rapper Tyga, later denied any responsibility for the incident, and said he had no idea that the “legend’ had been rejected. He took to Twitter to announce, “I don’t control the door. I had no knowledge SIR PAUL was there. I just performed and left."
I can see this is quite a ludicrous thing to have happened. I probably wouldn’t be able to pick Beck or Taylor Hawkins from a line-up – but Sir Paul McCartney, c’mon. Still, I think a person can be forgiven for not immediately recognising a celebrity, especially when you witness him or her in the flesh. Somehow, celebrities can look different in person.
From the reactions to the footage, it’s clear people are flabbergasted by the event. But, seriously, is it really such an issue? Sure, Paul McCartney has been an enormous influence in the world, both musically and socially. But I find it hard to understand why this issue is being talked about (on social media and news platforms) as though it’s a gigantic affront to his person. As though his celebrity status has elevated him to some undeniable level of entitlement.
It’s just a party and it was just a mistake. And in the end, he’s just a person.
Check out the video of the incident below
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