A fan apparently brought some professional videotaping equipment into a recent Adele concert, and the British superstar was not having it. In a video of the incident, she is seen taking the offending camerawoman to task. “Yeah I want to tell that lady as well, can you stop filming me with a video camera? Because I’m really here in real life. You could enjoy it in real life,” she said to cheers from the audience. “Can you take your tripod down?” she continued. “This isn’t a DVD, this is a real show, and I’d really like you to enjoy it because there’s lots of people outside who could have come in.”
While fans videotaping concerts is definitely a common occurrence—we’ve all sat through some painfully long Snapchat stories that prove this—hauling a professional tripod and camera into a concert is a bit of a different story. It’s actually surprising that someone could even get that kind of equipment into a show, as professional videotaping is usually prohibited. Even still, fans had mixed reactions to Adele’s words.
Over-filming of concerts has drawn a wide range of responses over the years from artists, promoters, and fans alike. Some view it as a harmless way to remember a show, while others complain that it distracts fans from the real reason they’re in attendance. Was Adele right in this instance, or should she have just let the fan take the video and kept performing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.