Video of itwent viral this week. It shows the singer calling out fans who were taking selfies while she was singing, polarizing the audience. A person named Adela Calin says she was one of the women Lambert was talking to – and that she was embarrassed and red-faced.
Video taken at Lambert’s show Saturday at the Bakkt Planet Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas shows the singer stopping in the middle of his ballad “Tin Man,” telling the crowd it was because of selfie-takers.
“These girls are worried about their selfie and not listening to the song,” Lambert says in the video. “It’s pissing me off a bit.” The crowd laughs, and Lambert starts the song again. The video, which was taken by another member of the audience, has received 2.4 million views on TikTok since it was posted on Monday.
Calin, a Las Vegas-based influencer with more than 19,000 followers on Instagram, post some photos from the concert. In one caption, she says she’s the person Lambert was talking to.
Calin told CBS News that her friends hadn’t specifically chosen the song for their photo, but took that moment to get a well-lit group photo with Lambert in the background. She said another concertgoer snapped the photo for them and it took a few seconds. The moment immediately after – when Lambert called her out – also went quickly, she said.
“When it first started happening and I realized Miranda Lambert was talking to me and my five other friends, I was already sitting down anyway, but just as I finally sat down, I know I got red in the face. I felt so embarrassed,” she said. “I was thinking, ‘This is like being back at school and me and my friends did something that made the teacher angry and now she’s telling us to sit down.’
She said four of her friends decided to leave the concert. “Me and another friend, we were so determined to enjoy our night,” she said. “I was like, ‘It’s Saturday night, I just want to have a good time. I don’t care if the performer has a bad night, I’m going to enjoy it.'”
Calin said there were thousands of people who took pictures as well, and she guessed that Lambert was just modeling them after he was taking all the photos.
She said that while many people were upset when Lambert called them out, others booed and even walked out of the show. Over the past few days, Calin has received a barrage of messages online about the viral video.
“I would say 99.99% of the messages I received about what happened to me and my friends were condolences,” she said, adding that fellow protesters sent her videos and photos they took that night to show their solidarity.
In the past, Bruno Mars has asked his fans not to take their phones out at his shows, including a 2022 concert in Las Vegas, according to the LA Times. “I think [Lambert] She needs to decide if she’s okay with her fans taking pictures and videos and if she’s not okay, she just needs to make a policy like Bruno Mars does,” Calin said.
CBS News has reached out to a representative for Miranda Lambert and is awaiting a response.