March 2, 2024

Miranda Lambert has sparked a debate about Selfies at Concerts

  • Videos of Miranda Lambert scolding a group of women for taking a picture during her concert have gone viral.
  • Many TikTokers have made videos reacting to (and criticizing) Lambert’s harsh behavior.
  • However, some users noted that the waning fans could have picked a better time to take their photos.

Country singer Miranda Lambert is getting a ton of criticism — and some backlash — from fans and TikTokers after she was recorded scolding a group of women for taking a picture during her concert. One filmed herself snapping up tickets saying they were for a previous or upcoming show.

Multiple angles taken of the controversial moment at the concert, which took place on Saturday in Las Vegas, are circulating and going viral this week. The clips show Lambert stopped the performance in the middle of his song “Tin Man” and addressed a group of fans sitting near the front who wanted to take a picture.

“These girls are worried about their selfie and not listening to the song, it’s bothering me a little bit,” Lambert said as the crowd laughed.

“I’m sorry, I don’t like it at all,” she said. “We’re here to hear country music tonight.”

Lambert’s disdain sparked a storm of backlash from fans, both in public posts and in TikTok videos. Multiple TikTokers have made long videos dissing the moment and discussing who should be at fault. Unanimously – among Lambert’s self-proclaimed fans – people believed that the singer overreacted.

One of the most popular reaction videos, with more than 1.3 million views, called Lambert’s actions “tacky.” User @brett_44 said she felt “sad” for the women’s group because “a lot of people already have social anxiety” at these public events, and imagined she would feel terrible if they were called out in front of so many people.

@brett_44 @Miranda Lambert I went from being someone I paid to someone I never want to be like. So disappointed in her and so sad for those girls. I saw Miranda when I was 18 years old on the orange beach, there were seats in the back, but hust felt grateful and excited to be in the same environment as her. I took so many pictures and videos because I wanted to remember that night forever. I would do anything to have front row seats, but the way she treated those girls makes me doubt I’ll ever pay for a seat to her show again. #mirandalambert #Country music #viral #labama #Music #orangebeach #disappointment ♬ original sound – brett_44

“I can’t imagine how embarrassed they must have been,” said @brett_44. “I mean, she literally stopped the whole show and just, like, basically called them out and embarrassed them in front of everyone.”

The poster said she used to root for Lambert and was so excited when she saw the singer perform when she was 18; she said she took “so many pictures and videos” that night because she wanted to remember it forever. But now, Lambert’s behavior has completely turned her off.

“Personally, if I were those girls, I honestly wouldn’t pay to see you again,” she said.

Another woman, @ace.high.ash, he made a similar video saying that she had previously attended a Lambert concert with her friends and her mom, and that they were over the moon just to be able to share the moment together.

“Imagine what those girls feel like they got to see you, and you got to see them, but instead of thanking them, or saying something sweet about what they spent to see you, you say that,” said the TikToker , adding that it’s common etiquette to take pictures if you have great seats like they did.

The poster addressed Lambert directly – claiming her mother played softball with Lambert when she was younger – and urged her to apologize to the women she offended.

“I promise their dreams are crushed right now and they’re hurting a lot,” she said at the end of the clip.

Another TikToker Lambert also criticized him by rhetorically asking if her success was handed to her “on a silver platter” or if she was struggling to build a following “like every other musician had to do.”

“I’m sorry, Your Highness, that our eyes are not laser-focused on you,” TikToker @petroni.pov said in his video. “By the way, that song ‘Tin Man’ sucks, I always skip it.”

TikToker @aroseslimes filmed herself appearing angrily ripped up concert tickets in response to the behavior of the celebrity. “Guess what? We don’t want to see Miranda Lambert! If that’s how she treats her fans,” read text on the screen.

While the majority of social media posts vociferously oppose Lambert’s decoration, at least one popular TikTok took the side of the singer. In @jamiek721’s video, the TikToker said she attended Lambert’s concert at the same venue in Las Vegas the weekend before, and knew exactly where the rowdy fans were sitting.

The woman said she felt the group chose to take photos – and with a flash – at the wrong time, in the middle of “Tin Man,” a slow, soulful ballad.

“This was the opportunity those women decided they were going to take their selfie,” said @jamiek721. “The house lights are down, and having a big flash come in the middle of her singing ‘Tin Man’ is tacky AF. I might get a delay on this, but whatever.”

The TikToker said Lambert probably didn’t handle it in the best way, but gave her the benefit of the doubt.

“Maybe she was having a bad day, who knows. It’s Vegas, right?” said the woman. “There were a million other opportunities for them to take a selfie.”

One of the women Lambert called out, 43-year-old Adela Calin, spoke about the infamous moment. She told NBC News on Monday that they were a group of women aged 30 to 60, and that they were waiting to take a photo, but the lighting was bad for a large part of the row, that they finally took the opportunity in towards the end of the year. The concert.

Calin believed that the singer intended to make her and her friends feel and look bad.

“It felt like I was back at school and the teacher was scolding me for doing something wrong and telling me to sit down back in my place,” Calin told the outlet. “I think she was determined to look at us because we were young, immature and immature.”

The backlash is so viral online that it has even spawned memes where TikTokers are making satirical videos pretending to be Lambert criticizing fans for “breathing,” or editing the latest viral clips with one of them Taylor Swift and Gwen Stefani pose and interact with fans during their shows.

Insider has reached out to Lambert and his team for comment.

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