Kelly Rowland implies racism was involved in red carpet incident at Cannes Film Festival

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"Kelly, can you handle this?" No, Kelly Rowland could not handle being rushed up the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival in France.

The Destiny's Child alum, who wore a custom red Anamika Khanna gown and turned heads in a blonde bob, appeared to scold a red-carpet usher after posing for photographers at the premiere for "Marcello Mio" on Wednesday.

When a security guard appeared to urge the music star up the stairs, Rowland turned around and put her hands on the security guard's shoulder, muttering something.

Then, the security guard continued to move Rowland up the stairs, and the former "X Factor" judge began exchanging words with the festival staffer and pointing her finger at the usher.

Kelly Rowland finger wag at a security guard on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet went viral.
Kelly Rowland finger wag at a security guard on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet went viral.

Kelly Rowland implies there was racism involved in red carpet incident

While attending the red carpet for amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Cannes Gala, an annual fundraiser for HIV and AIDS research during the film festival, Rowland was asked what exactly happened with the security guard the previous day.

"The woman knows what happened. I know what happened," she told The Associated Press. "I have a boundary, and I stand by those boundaries and that is it."

She continued, "There were other women that attended that carpet who did not quite look like me and they didn't get scolded or pushed or told to get off. I stood my ground, and she felt like she had to stand hers."

USA TODAY has reached out to the festival for comment.

Kelly Rowland's viral finger wag at Cannes: Social media users react

Social media users had a field day with the finger-wagging moment on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"Do you understand how out of pocket you have to be for Kelly Rowland to have to check you?! Literally, one of the sweetest people in the world, but don't get it twisted," one user wrote.

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"It’s certain people we don’t play about… And Kelly Rowland is one of them," one person commented.

"It was very clear Kelly Rowland was trying to take photos and they were rushing her then that security guard stepped on her dress," writer Meecham Whitson Meriweather said on X, "and Kelly tried to correct her nicely and the security guard decided to be rude and Kelly said 'Don’t talk to me like that.'"

Kelly Rowland's Cannes moment follows buzzy 'Hoda & Jenna' dressing room departure

This isn't the first time Rowland has popped off this year. In February, Rowland appeared on "Today With Hoda & Jenna" to discuss her Netflix thriller "Mea Culpa" with host Savannah Guthrie. The Destiny's Child alum was scheduled to return to the show later that morning and guest co-host the show.

Instead, singer Rita Ora was called to fill in for Rowland, who has yet to comment on her departure from the talk show. Reports revealed that Rowland allegedly left "Today" because she and her team were not satisfied with the quality of Rowland's dressing room, according to People and Page Six.

Contributing: Edward Segarra and KiMi Robinson

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kelly Rowland implies racism was involved in viral Cannes incident