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Opinions on Taking Selfies at Concerts?
Posted 12/9/14
I go to a lot of small venue metal and pop-punk shows where a lot of stage diving, crowd surfing, and moshing happens. There is a trend recently of fans who take selfies/videos of them crowd-surfing or on stage with a band member. This is more a case of fan-entitlement where they think "I bought a ticket to this I can do whatever I want." If you don't know what I mean take a look at this 11 second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CuEJ55UVcU

I find this really annoying, especially that awkward ten seconds of a fan fumbling with the camera on his phone trying to take a selfie with the lead singer while he or she is trying to focus on, you know, singing. He has to stop being a rockstar and pose for the camera so he doesn't offend his fan. You're at a rock and roll show, stop taking selfies! I'm of the mindset that you don't need to photograph every moment of your life. Put the camera away and just lose your mind at the show.

Anybody have an opinion on this? Do you think fans are entitled to do whatever they want because they bought a ticket or is there a line between being a fan and being plain annoying/disrespectful?
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Posted 12/9/14
Just don't do it
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Posted 12/9/14
Well.. everyone has a different opinion. But then again, if I was at a concert, I would def take selfies and pictures but of course I wouldn't call the artist to look at me. Doing that once or twice... but if you do it for too many times, it gets annoying.

But then there will be days where I just want to go there and have fun and not take pictures during the concert. Maybe before or after.. EUFIERIUENUIVNERUIVBERQUIV IDK
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Posted 12/9/14
well i don't like selfies at all so
Posted 12/9/14
If you respect them you won't do it.
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Posted 12/9/14
I'm not the type of person to take selfies in any situation, so doing it at a concert is just stupid in my opinion.
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Posted 12/9/14 , edited 12/29/14
Don't be stupid. Respect the artist. Respect the venue. Respect everyone else at the show that *also* paid to see their band. When you hold up the show, you're being selfish and trying to capture a "me" moment. You wanna take pictures of the band? Fine. Do so from the crowd. You wanna take selfies at a show? Fine. Do so away from the pit. For your phone's sake, too, not just your own safety. I don't take pictures or videos from a show unless I *know* I may never get the chance to see them again. And those photos sure as hell aren't selfies. At small venue shows like the one posted above, I highly doubt it will be that person's only chance to see them. If you like the music, support the artist whenever they're in town by going to see them. Getting up on stage at a venue like that isn't exactly a rare occurrence or hard to do. Have fun while you're there, but don't let your fun detract from the fun of everyone else...<--this applies to selfies, dancing, moshing, surfing, etc.
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Posted 12/9/14
Tired of fucking cameras (or phones being used as cameras) everywhere you go.

you're not an artist. Your not that important. You are going to either delete or forget 99% of all the damned pictures you take within a week anyhow.

just STAHP!!!
Posted 12/9/14
So glad this was not a trend in my time of going to shows. I don't remember anyone taking a picture of themselves in any of the shows I've been to. There are photographers who take pictures of the band and the people, but the people who were there for the music just moshed or sang along or stood on the sides. I'm pretty sure if anyone tried, they would've gotten pummeled for disrupting the show. I mean, there's too much adrenaline that no one is really thinking about stuff like that. Then again, I only went to small shows in tiny venues/bars/basements and the bands were not really MTV bands. No tickets, just a small entrance fee (if any). There's also no distinction of celebrity and fans. Everyone is equal. Just a bunch of kids trying to let off some steam and have fun. I will forever miss those days.
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Posted 12/9/14
no its fucking terrible and people who do it are terrible. ive seen my favorite band 3 times, travelling well over 300 miles twice just to go to the show, and calling in sick when i found out about a secret show they held only a 2 hour drive away. it pisses me off when im trying to hold my place in the front or on the barricade only to be hit in the head by two idiots trying to take a selfie and getting mad because of the push and shove of a show instead of enjoying the experience in front of them. like taking a couple of pictures on the show itself are fine as long as you arent living the concert through the screen. as for selfies? no. the same artist i saw actually spoke out about it and he said how obnoxious it is as an artist to be on stage and there are people stage diving and crowd surfing and doing loads of other shenanigans only for there to be one stupid girl standing there on stage taking selfies like a fucking potato. he actually grabbed the girls phone and tossed it and everyone cheered. its a big concert nono. dont be the potato on stage standing there because everyone looks stupid taking a selfie so why would you want to do that in front of a crowd that isnt there for you? ahsdfldfa. i have very strong feelings on concert etiquette lol.
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Posted 12/9/14 , edited 12/9/14
Taking a selfie is one thing, but being an asshole, much less, going so far as to interrupt a performance, is another. I can't say that I'm particularly offended by selfies, and I see little appeal in making a big deal about them in general. I'd much sooner rant about my pet peeve of loud eating. I far more easily ignore visuals than auditory stimulation.
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Posted 12/9/14
I don't take selfies, but that is just really stupid. I kinda feel sorry for the artist if that happens to them.
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Posted 12/28/14
Oh THAT kind, I would never do such thing while they are playing
Posted 12/29/14
That seems VERY annoying. Selfies are just annoying in general. Turn off your phone and live in the moment!
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Posted 12/29/14
Interrupting a musician's performance in general is pretty rude since that's what they do for a living and people come to see a band play, not to see some kid taking photos. So yeah, people should stop. The level of entitlement is super high this generation and it sucks. I don't think most people have a problem with taking photos and videos, but when you walk on stage in the middle of a performance and spend a good 10 seconds taking a photo with someone who probably doesn't want you there, they're not going to like it.
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