LL Cool J weighs in on Miranda Lambert concert debate
LL Cool J criticized Miranda Lambert after she had an uncomfortable encounter with fans at her concert. During an interview on the “Mercedes in the Morning” podcast, LL Cool J was asked about Lambert stopping her concert to scold a fan for taking a selfie. LL Cool J responded by saying, “Miranda, get over it, baby. They’re fans. Let me explain something about art – your job as an artist is to create art. How people choose to interact with that art is up to them.”
LL Cool J further expressed that he doesn’t mind what his fans do during his show. He believes that fans should be allowed to do what they want. He questioned Lambert’s decision to have rules at her show, jokingly asking, “Where does it end? ‘No yellow shirts!'”
Although LL Cool J stated that he has nothing against Lambert and respects her opinion, he mentioned that he would handle the situation differently. He emphasized that he lets his fans be themselves and do what they want.
Lambert received backlash for scolding fans who took a selfie during her performance of “Tin Man.” One of the fans who was reprimanded spoke out, feeling that Lambert was unfairly portraying them as young, immature, and vain. Lambert has not addressed the backlash she has received for not apologizing to the fans she scolded.
Not everyone shared LL Cool J’s perspective. Whoopi Goldberg walked off “The View” stage during a debate about the incident, arguing that the fans were in the wrong for taking the selfie. Goldberg emphasized the importance of respecting the artist and acknowledging their presence during a concert.
LL Cool J called out Miranda Lambert after she had an uncomfortable confrontation with some fans at her concert.
While appearing on the “Mercedes in the Morning” podcast Wednesday, the 55-year-old was asked to share his thoughts on the country singer, 39, stopping her concert mid-song to scold a fan for taking a selfie during her Las Vegas concert.
“Would you ever stop a song to scold a fan that was taking a photo?” co-host J.C. Fernandez asked the “Doin’ It” rapper.
“Miranda, get over it, baby,” LL, whose real name is James Todd Smith, replied.
“They’re fans. Let me tell you something about art — and I say this with love,” the hip-hop legend added. “So, your job as an artist is to create art. The way people choose to interact with that art or engage in it and appreciate it is up to them.”
LL said that he doesn’t care what his fans do during his show.
“If you want to come to my show and you want to sit there and eat a bowl of potato salad with a baseball hat down to your nose, that’s what you choose to do,” he quipped.
“You got to let the fans do what they want to do. What about all the thousands of people who aren’t doing that?
“What, do you got rules? ‘No yellow shirts!’ Where does it end?” he asked.
LL clarified that he has nothing against Lambert and she is entitled to her opinion on the matter, however, he said that he would have handled the situation differently.
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“I can’t speak for her, I’m not going to judge her. I have nothing unkind to say about her,” he continued.
“I wish her the best and she has the right to her feelings but for me, I let the fans be the fans and do what they want to do.”
Over the weekend, Lambert scolded a group of fans who posed together for a quick picture during her performance of “Tin Man.”
“I’m gonna stop right here for a second, I’m sorry,” the three-time Grammy winner said in a video shared on TikTok. “These girls are worried about their selfie and not listening to the song. It’s pissing me off a little bit.”
Adela Calin, one of the fans who was reprimanded during the show, spoke out about the incident, telling NBC News on Monday that she felt Lambert was “determined to make us look like we were young, immature and vain.”
“But we were just grown women in our 30s to 60s trying to take a picture,” she continued.
The Texas native has not addressed the backlash she has received from fans for not apologizing to the concertgoers she scolded and seemingly ignored the incident on social media.
Not everyone was as empathetic toward the fans as LL was though.
Whoopi Goldberg walked off “The View” stage during a debate over the incident to prove her point that the fans were in the wrong for taking the selfie during the concert.
”They paid money for the tickets, they came to see her, so she’s singing,” the “Sister Act” star, 67, argued. “[Give] at least a little respect … acknowledge that you can see her [and] she can see you too.”