Let's get one thing straight: Gigi Hadid did nothing wrong when she elbowed the "prankster," Vitalii Sediuk, who assaulted her in the middle of the street.
The whole situation is ridiculous. This guy's apparent claim to fame is sneaking onto red carpets and being kind of an asshole to stars. He's kissed Will Smith, nuzzled Leonardo DiCaprio, attacked Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and rushed the stage at the 2013 Grammys. Can someone explain to me why any of this is funny?
And what he did to Hadid was on a whole new level. She was leaving a Max Mara fashion show with her sister, Bella, during Milan Fashion Week when the guy rushed her on the street, grabbed her from behind and lifted her up in the air. Security was forced to step in to get her down. I can't even imagine how terrifying that would be.
Seriously, what goes through a man's head to make him think that assaulting and molesting a woman this way is OK? What makes him think this is a harmless prank? Fuck that guy.
And to make matters worse, Hadid is actually being criticized for elbowing the guy. Excuse me? What was she supposed to do, go limp and let a stranger carry her off like a nice little girl? I can't, fam. All I can say is she should have elbowed him harder. A nice concussion might have taught that douchebag a lesson.
Alternative headline - GOOD FOR HER: Gigi Hadid Reacts In Totally Appropriate Way When Random Man Tries To Lift Her In The Street pic.twitter.com/WTsbHcNt43— Rachel McGrath (@RachelMcGrath) September 22, 2016
"I'm a human being and I had every right to defend myself," Hadid tweeted afterward. "How dare that idiot thinks he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger. He ran quick tho."
and had EVERY RIGHT to defend myself. How dare that idiot thinks he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger. He ran quick tho— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) September 22, 2016
Not too long after this story broke, Sediuk made a statement to The Hollywood Reporter to actually try to defend his actions.
"While I consider Gigi Hadid beautiful, she and her friend Kendall Jenner have nothing to do with high fashion. By doing this, I encourage the fashion industry to put true talents on the runway and Vogue covers instead of well-connected cute girls from Instagram," he said.
But that's not all: "You can call it a manifest or a protest. This is also a wake-up call for Anna Wintour, who turned Vogue into a tabloid by putting Kardashians and other similar celebrities on a cover of a well-respected magazine."
A protest? Really? Ugh.
But it was The Fault In Our Stars actor-turned-DJ who made a surprise appearance in all this, asking: But where was her boyfriend Zayn Malik?
@AnselElgort that guy should prob take some time away from icing his jaw tonight to count his lucky stars that Z wasnt there.....— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) September 22, 2016
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