This is really not ok.
An old clip from a 2014 episode of The Xtra Factor has resurfaced in which Louis Walsh can be seen grabbing Mel B’s bum – and people are quite ticked off about it.
In the video, Louis can be seen with his arm casually slung around the back of Mel B’s chair, but as the interview goes on, Louis drops his hand down and grabs Mel’s bum:
After Louis pats her bum, Mel stops the interviewer Sarah-Jane Crawford and asks him, “Why are you grabbing my butt?”
Louis replied that he was just ‘looking after’ Mel B and host Sarah-Jane then told him: “Louis! Hands where we can see them please!” Simon also told Mel that she had nothing to worry about, saying “Honestly you’re safe.”
Louis then attempted to laugh off the situation, but Mel B shifted out of reach from him, visibly disturbed.
Understandably, the resurfacing of this video has gotten a lot of people talking and fans have been quick to voice their opinions over the incident:
@xfactorpress What the fuck is going on here m8? Louis Walsh gropes Mel B live and then tries to play it off
Louis: "I was just looking after her!"
Simon: "Your safe, trust me"
This is the same kind of behavior that allowed Weinstein to get away with rape, cause no one spoke up pic.twitter.com/I5atUhvDTv
— Doom Slayer 3018 (@VeetzTweets) July 8, 2018
What the fuck is wrong with that man? Good on Mel B for not taking that bullshit. Shame on you, Louis Walsh. You don’t own her body, you’re not entitled to touch her, you’re not entitled to anything. She’s sitting beside you. What makes you think you have the right to touch her?! https://t.co/vfNREl6m3Y
— Toria Grace (@PiXyyRDuust) July 9, 2018
that video of louis walsh groping mel b is absolutely disgusting. he shouldn’t be allowed on that show anymore. and the fact that he got away with it is so messed up. good for mel b for standing up for herself but fuck why didn’t they do anything after that?
— lana (@asaloneiam) July 9, 2018
A lot of people are also referring to to the fact that Louis Walsh is allegedly gay, which is presumably what Simon meant by saying ‘you’re safe’ to Mel when she called him out – according to them, sexuality has nothing to do with it.
That clip of Louis Walsh groping Mel B "despite" being gay just proves that sexual assault isn't about sex, it's about asserting power & dominance. He was saying "look what I can do to you ON LIVE TV without retribution" – & the reaction from all others involved proved him right
— ash 🇵🇸 (@aisghair) July 10, 2018
CW sexual assault//
about the whole Louis Walsh sexually assaulting Mel B on live TV situation:
If your response to that is "he's gay so it's fine" or "she embarrassed him on TV!" YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM. Sexual assault isn't okay, it doesn't matter what anyone's sexuality is
— Mich🌱 (@PotatoForeman) July 9, 2018
That video of Louis Walsh groping Mel B is making me feel some type of way, why is everyone in denial about how rampant sexual assault has been? Louis being gay doesn’t make it any less disgusting.
— Xoe (@itsnotxoe) July 9, 2018
US rapper Waka Flocka Flame even tweeted his disgust about the clip:
Louis Walsh is fucking pathetic
— Waka Flocka (@WakaFlocka) July 9, 2018
Neither Louis Walsh or Mel B have commented since the clip resurfaced.
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