The internet has no doubt created a false sense of bravado. But a concert-goer at Kehlani's recent show learned the hard way after he took his heckling offline and into the real world.
During a recent performance, a man yelled "Kyrie," referring to the singer's ex-boyfriend, who she split ways with in 2016. The publicized breakup lead to a suicide attempt. Since then, she's recovered with support from celebrities and fans, and she even put out an entire album.
But this "fan" decided her intimate concert was the best venue to remind her of her past.
"Get this b--ch out of here," Kehlani yelled on the microphone. "F--k you... we don't play that stupid ass sh-t up in here. Anyway. Kyrie will whop your f--king ass— that's my best f--king friend. Get out of here."
The 22-year-old posted a photo from the concert on her Instagram with a caption justifying why she threw the heckler out.
"After a year of being tormented, harassed, people sending me death threats/showing up to festivals in jerseys throwing sh-t at me and chanting names, bullying my family in school, at the grocery store, walking down the street, sh-t that I never even SPOKE on because I dealt with my problems like an adult ON MY OWN for once... I finally stood up for myself. After a year of depression and therapy, moving away to a new city because of it, i FINALLY STOOD UP FOR MYSELF."
"I've held concerts where when they screamed a name at me I ran off, had a panic attack and cried. I'm finally confident, fearless and unashamed. It felt good as hell to do what I did, so bring on whatever you want because I'm proud of myself, my team is proud of me, my mom is proud of me. I wish you peace."
Adding, "Oh... and you couldn't last a day in my shoes."
True fans supported her actions. And without going into the layers of misogyny that Kehlani is subjected to, we support her too.