Doja Cat has become a global superstar over the last three years. The multi-time Grammy Award nominee is part of Lollapalooza’s music festival expansion in South America this month. On Saturday (March 19), she paused a concert in Argentina to ensure the safety of one fan in the crowd.
Her set was paused for five minutes during a performance of “Options” from her Planet Her album. In a video shared on social media, Doja can be seen directing traffic inside Hippodromo de San Isidro in Buenos Aires, asking for sound to be cut.
“Yo. Cut it!” she shouts during the performance around the 48:42 minute mark. “Wait, wait, wait. Wait, wait, wait. Wait, wait, wait. Somebody needs help over there. Is that right? Am I right? Somebody needs help?”
Explaining why she stopped the show, Doja explained she loved the fans in attendance and couldn’t have anything dangerous happen to them.
“You guys over there in that circle that just signaled to me, when everything’s OK, you just go like this,” Doja Cat said. “Just do that, OK? Just wave. If it’s not OK, then don’t do anything. But once it’s OK, just do something with your hands like this. I’m sorry, I can’t keep going if things aren’t good.”
The show eventually resumed after the fan was determined to be safe. The moment comes more than four months after the ill-fated Astroworld Festival claimed the lives of 10 attendees.
Since Astroworld, several performers have taken out time during shows to ensure fan safety. Doja Cat eventually finished the concert with a performance of her hit single “Say So” and vowed to return to Argentina for another show.
“Listen, you guys,” she said. “It’s nobody’s fault. This stuff happens. There’s a lot of people, and people get crushed. It’s a lot. If you could see the point of view that I’m seeing it from, it’s a lot of people … Don’t get, you know, sad or upset. I’ll be back. I will. I will, I promise.”