Musician Beyoncé has a love/hate relationship with the camera; or maybe it’s a hate/hate relationship. Regardless, her views on the subject came out at a recent show in Atlanta where the singer — who has gone so far as to ban pro photography entirely — told a fan to “Put that D**n Camera Down.”
It was done in good spirits, with none of the animosity directed at the photographers behind the embarrassing photos of the singer that went viral after she performed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
The “altercation” happened during a portion of the concert where she asks the crowd to sing along with her. One of the fans right next to the stage decided that he could get a better view of Beyoncé through his smartphone screen than by looking up at her from a few feet away.
When she puts the microphone in his face so that he can contribute his piece to the song “Irreplaceable,” he does a half-hearted job and gets called out by the singer, who tells him to “seize this moment” and “put that d**n camera down.”
Beyoncé joins a number of musicians who are speaking out against concert goers who tend to spend the entire show watching through their little three-inch screen. Indie pop act She & Him most recently spoke out, following in the footsteps of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Savages, who have both posted anti-smartphone requests outside of their concerts.
(via USA Today)