Atif Aslam is a megastar in Pakistan, recording multiple number one hits and appearing on the successful television show Coke Studio. At his latest concert, he did something amazing for one specific crowd member before resuming his show.
On January 14th, Aslam was performing at the DHA Sports Club in Karachi when the crowd was getting very raucous. During the beginning of one of his songs, he signaled the band to stop and immediately pointed out a fan that was in danger.
A girl in the front row was being harassed by the male spectators around her, so Aslam stopped everything and got security to come “rescue her”. As the guards pulled her from the front row up onto the stage, Aslam scolded the men and told them to “act like human beings”. He wouldn’t restart until he was sure all the other fans were safe.
The promoters found the girl another seat in a secure location, as the concert restarted to huge applause. When video of the incident hit social media it exploded, causing people around the world to check out Aslam and his heroics.
It’s reassuring when rock stars take the time to help distressed fans, even if it comes at the cost of one of their songs. In 2014, metal band Trivium stopped when two fans passed out in the middle of their mosh-pit, telling the crowd to make some space for the medics. Earlier that year, Staind frontman Aaron Lewis had ripped into his crowd mid-song because they had been sexually harassing a 15-year old fan as she crowd surfed on top of them.
Aslam surely stopped the song because of genuine concern for the fan, but it’s ended up helping his career. Not well known in North America, clips of the incident have gone viral and introduced a whole other group of people to him and his music.
It just goes to show, that acting “like human beings” is always the right choice, regardless of the situation.