Until several police officers "slammed and cuffed" hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa down at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday, we were pretty sure riding a hoverboard isn't really considered a nuisance by, well, anyone. Apparently, the LAPD begs to differ.
Confronted by six members of the LAPD, Khalifa refused an alleged request to dismount from the hoverboard. The Daily Dot transcribed Khalifa's portion of the conversation he had with cops prior to the takedown, in which he said in part, "We can have all the conversations you want to. You can end up on TMZ, destined to become as famous as you wanna be."
Khalifa published video of the incident Saturday, tweeting that the incident went down "because I didn't want to ditch the [technology] everyone will be using in the next 6 months. Do what you want kids."
It doesn't look like the actual scuffle that ended with Khalifa on the floor in cuffs was captured in the video, but the rapper can be seen under a police officer's knee a jump-cut later, with one of the officers telling him to stop resisting, which he doesn't appear to do.
Is Khalifa right about the tech in question here? Don't get too excited for a Back to the Future-like airborne hoverboard anytime soon. The Daily Dot noted it was more likely Khalifa was cruising along on something like a new, Segway-like "self-driving skateboard," which Fader reported was popular with celebs like Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner.
Either way, we stand with hoverboards and Khalifa, who summed up his feelings on Twitter: "I stand for our generation and our generation is gonna be riding hover boards." Anyone who doesn't like that, he concluded, "eat a dick!" Amen.
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