Rapper Wiz Khalifa was forced to the ground and handcuffed at Los Angeles international airport on Saturday after refusing to dismount his “hover board” — a self-balancing, two-wheeled scooter.
The officers can be heard telling the rapper to “stop resisting” multiple times, with Khalifa calmly replying “I’m not resisting sir, I’m not resisting.”
Khalifa later tweeted about the incident, saying: “All because I didn’t want to ditch the technogy [sic] everyone will be using in the next 6 months. Do what you want kids.” He later added: “I stand for our generation and our generation is gonna be riding hover boards so if you don’t like it eat a d***!”
‘I stand for our generation and our generation is gonna be riding hover boards’
The hoverboards in question are a new form of rideable gadget that’s become popular as an accessory for celebrities on social media. Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, and Kendall Jenner have all been seen using the scooters, which go by various names including Phunkee Duck, IO Hawk, Oxboard, Cyboard, and Future Foot, but which all stick to the same basic design.
A report from Wired notes that this multitude of names is a result of the device’s “manufacturing virality” in China, with various companies copying the same design before rebranding the product and selling it overseas. The format has become so ubiquitous that some celebrities even sell their own variations. Soulja Boy sells his own Souljaboards for $1,500 apiece, and following the incident in LA, Khalifa tweeted that the officers who arrested him would be “riding them soon as well. Maybe ones I design.”