Miranda Lambert has divided fans by her decision to pause a recent Las Vegas concert, in order to call out attendees in the front row taking selfies instead of listening to the show.
The ‘Bluebird’ hitmaker apologised to her pianist after briefly stopping her performance of ‘Tin Man’. Miranda then expressed her frustration at a group of women in the front row, complaining, “These girls are worried about their selfie and not listening to the song, it’s pissing me off a little bit. Sorry, I don’t like it at all. We’re here to hear some country music tonight. I’m singing some country damn music. Shall we start again?”
What presumably upset Miranda Lambert most about the group in question was that they had their back turned during the song, as well as the fact that they were most likely obstructing other concert-goers’ views of the performance.
Since the incident, there has been a mixed reaction from fans regarding the way in which Miranda picked out the ticket-holders. Some have criticised the move as excessive, and there are reports that a number of attendees left the Vegas show early as a result.
Others - such as Whoopi Goldberg during a heated instalment of The View - have stood up for Miranda Lambert, praising her for calling out fans for being disrespectful during her show.
The timing of the incident seems to have been key, with the fans deciding to take the photo during a rendition of ‘Tin Man’, which is famously one of Miranda's most heartfelt, vulnerable songs.
The relationship between those on-stage and concert attendees continues to be a hot topic of discussion, especially after a string of artists have been hit by objects thrown from the crowd in recent months, including Bebe Rexha, Kelsea Ballerini and Harry Styles.
Although the controversy surrounding Miranda Lambert revolves around a very different kind of incident, it once again raises the issue of how to act respectfully at a live show.
Responses to Miranda's selfie call-out remain mixed, with the country star still yet to address criticisms levelled at her.
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