LMFAO’s Sky Blu Encounters Mitt Romney’s Condor Grip

LMFAO’s Sky Blu picked the wrong person to sit in front of on his recent flight from Vancouver to Los Angeles. The rapper was forced to leave the Air Canada flight before takeoff after getting into a bit of a brawl with his fellow passenger, former 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

In a video posted to TMZ.com, Sky Blu, whose real name is Skyler Gordy, explains that Romney started the fight.

Sky Blu says as the plane began to prepare for takeoff, he leaned back in his seat and put his jacket over his head to go to sleep. He then heard the passenger behind him repeatedly say, “Sir, sir, put your seat up.”

The rapper, who is the grandson of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, noted that Romney was “pretty hostile” and continued to get louder and louder.

Blu says that if Romney had asked nicely he would have put the seat back up. But things then took a turn for the worse. When he turned around to look at Romney, Blu saw the politician reach forward and grab his shoulder, as he once again demanded that he put his seat up.

“I just react — boom — get off me, you know,” Sky Blu said, demonstrating in the video that he took a swing at Romney. “And I didn’t take it any further than that. I just wanted the man not to touch me; that’s it.” Later in the video he repeated that Romney was “assaulting me! I was protecting myself!”

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Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Sky Blu says Romney grabbed his shoulder with a “condor grip.” He added, “I’m not your prey. I’m not a salmon going upstream. You’re not going to rip me up.”
His uncle and bandmate Redfoo (real name Stefan Kendall Gordy) agrees, saying it was a “Vulcan grip.”

After Sky Blu swung at Romney, the politician’s wife reportedly screamed and alerted flight attendants. The plane then returned to the gate and two police officers escorted Sky Blu off the flight. He was briefly detained and then allowed to board another flight back to Los Angeles.

Sgt. Rob Vermeulen of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the Associated Press there was a confrontation on the Air Canada Flight but he refuses to confirm it was between the rapper and the politician because no one was arrested.

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom told the New York Daily News the rapper “became physically violent” when the politician asked him to put his seat up.

“Gov. Romney did not retaliate but instead let the airline crew respond to the incident,” Fehrnstrom said.

Sky Blu ended the video by saying he had no hard feelings against Romney.

“I’m sure he’s a nice guy. I mean, we’re nice guys. It was just an unfortunate situation.”

Redfoo asked if Sky Blu would vote for Romney and he said, “No, because I’m a democrat. He’s a Repub.”

Click here for the AP story.

Click here for the New York Daily News story.