Nelly has come under fire after clips of him singing to young girls onstage made their way online. Many slammed the singer for serenading the underage girls while twirling their hair.
In the clip, Nelly asked one of the young fans, "Are you nervous?" The crooner, who was holding the girl's hand, went on to tell her, "I'm nervous." He then directed the girl to stand face-to-face with him and tells her to hold his glasses before grabbing strands of her hair and singing his 2004 single "Over and Over".
There was another video of Nelly doing a similar stunt at a different show. In the footage, a young white girl could be seen looking s extremely uncomfortable while watching the 48-year-old entertainer singing close to her.
A number of online users have since dragged Nelly. "Someone said R. Nelly," one person commented, referring to the disgraced singer R. Kelly. "I feel sick. I loved nelly I won't be listening to him anymore in my house," another penned. "I'm offended that no one booed this!! Wow," someone else fumed.
Nelly has yet to address the backlash. However, many Instagram users came to his defense. "Stop sexualizing every damn thing 'black' people do! We have genuine, caring, mothering, and fathering souls too!" one fan stressed. "The country song is innocent and I'm sure he meant no harm. When have we ever heard this about Nelly ? C'mon," another suggested.
A different user, meanwhile, opined, "Well it looks innocent to me and where is her parents? Let's start there. She didn't get on stage by herself I'm sure. If she was uncomfortable then her parents shouldn't have allowed her to go up there. Now if the girl was really a Nelly fan and her parents thought this would be a cool experience, that’s fine too. The hair twirling does look a little odd but it also seems innocent."