Singer sparks a debate after stopping concert to call out selfie-taking fans

Jul 20, 2023

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Singer sparks a debate after stopping concert to call out selfie-taking fans

Jul 20, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Country singer Miranda Lambert recently got to the center of attention after she stopped singing in the middle of a concert. She did it to call out “influencers” who were taking selfies instead of enjoying the music, and she sparked a fierce debate all over the internet.

The backstory

While singing “Tin Man” during a recent Las Vegas show, Lambert paused in the middle of the song to call out a few women in the audience for taking selfies.”These girls are worried about their selfie and not listening to the song,” Lambert said, obviously annoyed. “It’s pissing me off a little bit.” The crowd cheered and supported the singer, and she soon went on with the song. It was all recorded, of course, by another cellphone in the audience. Oh, the irony.

An influencer named Adela Calin was the one who was taking selfies with her friends when Lambert asked them to stop. “These are the 2 pictures we were talking when Miranda Lambert stopped her concert and told us to sit down and not take selfies,” she wrote on Instagram.

The reactions

As one might probably expect, the reactions to this little “incident” were mixed. The internet is divided into “Team Adela” and “Team Miranda,” and as per usual, everyone is observing the situation as being either black or white.

“Your second photo doesn’t even have Miranda in it. You were just cheesin’ for the Gram like a couple of high school girls. Grow up,” one person wrote on Adela’s Instagram post. “You paid money to be at the concert and were allowed to take pictures. You did nothing wrong and were disturbing no one,” wrote another. “Miranda Lambert seems to be an entitled diva who should concentrate on singing instead of making sure all eyes are in [sic] her at every moment.” These two comments pretty much sum up how people are reacting to this. There’s no in-between.

Should you take selfies at the concert?

I generally tend to side with musicians in cases like this. I don’t think you can get fully immersed in the concert if you watch it through your screen, or even worse if you watch yourself on that screen the entire time. I think (or at least hope) that’s what Miranda Lambert had in mind when she told the girls not to take selfies. After all, she was polite; some performers even got violent when people took photos (just remember Rob Halford of Judas Priest or  Fidlar’s Zac Carper).

Another problem I have with comments that side with Adela is the “you paid to be there, you can do what you want” narrative. Many people take that way too seriously and act like total jerks, disrespecting the band and the rest of the audience to the max. Just because you paid to be there, doesn’t mean you can be a jerk.

Now, does this mean you shouldn’t take a single photo at concerts? And does it mean Adela and her friends were acting like jerks? Absolutely not. Most of us will take a few photos for keepsakes when we attend a concert. People filming the entire show go on my nerves because I don’t want to see the concert through their screens – but a few photos or short clips don’t hurt anyone.

On the other hand, does this make Lambert “narcissistic” and “self-absorbed” like many people described her? I don’t think so. I believe she just wanted people to immerse themselves in music and in real life that’s happening in front of them. I guess it’s similar to Bob Dylan and Adele who are also not fans of smartphones and cameras up in the air instead of clapping hands.

Do you think that Miranda Lambert overreacted, that the girls stepped over the line, or like me, that there were some rights and some wrongs on both sides? Let me know in the comments.

[via CDM]

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6 responses to “Singer sparks a debate after stopping concert to call out selfie-taking fans”

  1. Sarah B Thompson Art Avatar
    Sarah B Thompson Art

    Being called out during the concert made the influencer the center of attention for a moment, which is what many influencers live for. She’ll milk that moment for all its worth.

  2. Daniel J. Cox Natural Exposures Avatar
    Daniel J. Cox Natural Exposures

    No. Good for Miranda. I just wish mother nature could stand up on stage and use a microphone to tell people how stupid they look thinking they’re the most important element of the scene when standing at an amazing natural history site. 

  3. Burt Johnson Avatar
    Burt Johnson

    I am not so narcissistic that I EVER take a selfie. I find them repugnant in general, regardless of where they are taken.

    I see it so often though that I actually created a single photo blog entry with nothing but selfies being taken around the world. One of my favorite was a group of women in Iran, clad fully in burkas, covering everything but their face, taking a group selfie of themselves…

    Such narcissistic nonsense… :(

  4. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    On the one hand, influencer=@$$h0le.

    On the other hand, a good performer can work through a distraction like that.

  5. Just/INCREDIBLE Photography & Digital Artistic Illustrator Avatar
    Just/INCREDIBLE Photography & Digital Artistic Illustrator

    Absolutely she overreacted. It doesn’t matter WHO you are going to a concert with friends, influencer or nit, you are there having fun with friends making memories and taking photos to remember & commemorate that time.

    Sje deserves all the backlash she gets gor for her attitude and narcissistic behavior.

  6. jazzmsngr Avatar
    jazzmsngr

    I’m a musician and one that ended up stopping the art because bars only care about how many people you bring – really – you can suck balls as a musician but if you always bring 100 people you will be booked and paid. Regardless of how good your music. So …if this is the world you subscribed to AKA it’s all about the money and not the art – then people can pay for your tickets and not even show up and either way you get paid. Concert was sold out. Honestly every Musican that cries about this needs to just shut up. What i do or any else does at a concert that isn’t hurting anyone or diminishing anyone else’s concert is not your business.

    Even the person writing this article states “I don’t see how someone can get immersed in a show looking through a viewfinder” …first off you are very pretentious for assuming that one just get immersed in a show to enjoy it. Some people just like being in crowds and enjoying the moment. Maybe for them capturing it on a phone is how they connect. Who are you to judge them? And since when are there rules to a concert other then don’t wear the shirt of the band you are going to see!