Adele bitched out a concert-goer who was recording her: rude or totally fine?


Adele’s tour has been going pretty smoothly. She ends up making news for cute reasons, like when she wins awards in the middle of a show, or when she forgets the lyrics to one of her songs and has to stop everything to call herself out. But there have been no health problems, no meltdowns, no major flubs or anything like that. But over the weekend, Adele did have to bitch out one of her fans at a concert in Verona, Italy. Apparently, the Adele-fan was filming Adele and Adele stopped the show to drag this fan.

In case you can’t make out what she says, Adele tells the fan:

“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 can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera. Can you take your tripod down? This isn’t a DVD, this is a real show. I’d really like you to enjoy my show because there’s lots of people outside that couldn’t come in.”

What’s crazy is that this person had a whole set-up involving a tripod?!? Jesus H. I get that it’s “the thing to do” nowadays to film your concert-going experience on a shaky camera-phone, but seriously… why not just put the camera down and actually experience the concert? Maybe that sounds impossibly old-school, I know.

Meanwhile, did you know that Adele has quietly purchased a home in Beverly Hills? IS SHE MOVING TO AMERICA?!?! Adele already owns property in England, obviously, but I do wonder if she wants to spend more time in America these days. She’s reportedly just signed a huge new recording contract with Sony and she obviously plans to keep making albums for a long time. Maybe she wants her next album to be recorded in LA.


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  1. Lilacflowers says:

    The rude person was the one who was filming.

    • Roxane says:

      I just don’t get it, your at a concert she’s there, there’s no need for this camera.

      • Colleen says:

        Oh, you know… Instagram it or it didn’t happen! 😂

        Isn’t that the thinking these days?

    • HH says:

      Agreed. And was that really “bitching” them out? I’m gonna take issue with the use of that term. Adele was entirely in the right here.

      • lucy2 says:

        Agree completely, don’t care for the use of that word in this context. She wasn’t rude or bitchy at all, she asked someone to stop filming, which she has every right to, AND she did it to remind the audience to enjoy what they were actually experiencing.
        I also like the point she made about all the people who couldn’t get in to see the concert, so those there should enjoy it.

      • HH says:

        @lucy2 – 100% agree. And she did it without cursing at the person. Anything rude she may have said was done when she turned her back and no longer had the mic to her mouth. I don’t mind her venting. It is rude to film a concert.

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      Adele handled it like a trooper!
      O-M-G she’s moving here! I wonder if she’ll like it? She is a London girl to the bone, so I think she’ll hate LA!

    • msw says:

      And probably shining a bright light at her. And yes, I know there are bright lights everywhere, but I wouldn’t want to have to avoid looking at the audience.

  2. Eveil says:

    Anyone who sets up a tripod to film at a concert is an asshole. What about the people behind them that have paid good money for seats?

    • boredblond says:

      As opposed to people in front of you standing (or standing on their seats) holding their phone in the air…I don’t see the difference, unless she only wants shaky copies on YouTube

    • Lilacflowers says:

      We’re supposed to watch the concert through their camera/phone screen.

  3. Eleonor says:

    I can tolerate taking a picture you know? But I hate when people to concerts (theatre and so on) do this kind of stuff.

  4. Christin says:

    Not the first time I’ve heard of a famous performer asking someone to stop filming. At first it sounded rude, but now I see the artist’s point in terms of image, royalties, etc.

    I assume concert goers knew in advance this was the rule.

    • swak says:

      I don’t know if it’s still true, but in the past concerts were filmed and taped and later put out there for the public to buy. There are many ” _______ in Concert” albums out there. So, yes, she was in her right to ask them to stop. Most venues state before the show that you can’t record them.

      • lucy2 says:

        She has one – Live at the Royal Albert Hall, that sold millions of copies, so I can fully understand her and her team not wanting professional level recordings out there.

  5. SusanneToo says:

    Aren’t there clear prohibitions about filming? Did he not get the memo?

  6. Locke Lamora says:

    I hate when performers bitch to viewrs in concerts. It’s such an imbalance of power and I hate seeing people be uncomortable. Unless they’re being violent or ruining other people’s experience, there’s no need for that. Everyone films concerts anyway these days, so unless there was a specific rule, just let him be.
    So, a minus for Adele.

    • Jenns says:

      Maybe it was distracting her? What is she was feeling uncomfortable?

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Tell a bodyguard or someone to go tell the guy. Don’t school him from the stage.

      • HK9 says:

        If you bring a tripod to tape a concert, you risk being schooled from the stage or even removed from the venue-it’s a risk you take.

    • Manjit says:

      They took a tripod to a concert???? Is that supposed to be acceptable these days?

    • Lilacflowers says:

      I’m sorry but no, everyone does not film concerts. In fact, if I had tried to film at some concerts I attended in the past year, the film would only contain views of the phone screen of the person filming in front of me, so no, I wouldn’t film that. It is really rude and the people behind, who paid money to see the performance, have their view blocked by cameras/phones.

      I strongly support performers who tell audience members to stop filming and I know of no venue that allows it.

      • Lady D says:

        I worked for a tiny festival in the middle of nowhere once, and they didn’t allow filming of the singers either.

    • benchwarmer says:

      I agree with you Locke. It should have been done through a third party, a guard most likely or employee at the venue. I feel embarrassed for the person even if that person has terrible judgement in filming her. And it’s not a good look to show your anger. It could have been done in a cleaner way. Adele seems not at all like a diva to me though unlike other singers, so I think she just must have reached her breaking point. We’re all human, hard not to react when your buttons are being pushed.

    • Taxi says:

      It’s distracting to others nearby in the audience to have some jerk filming. The lights are annoying & takes away from my experience, which I paid for. Happens all the time, though. Bought tkts for a Cirque de Soleil show @ $185 each, clear requests pre-show & signs at entry for no photos or recording, & people were filming away. The lights could be dangerous to those performers. fortunately, ushers made the rounds but some people still wouldn’t stop until they’d been asked 3-4 times.

  7. lower-case deb says:

    she was fine with people filming with phone cameras or even pocket ones, she even mentioned it before the release of her seasickness inducing music video Send My Love she doesn’t want to give too much details away because everyone’s filming a memory.
    even if camera phones or pocket ones can be quite powerful nowadays. the Leicas and the Canon powershots are small powerhouses!

    but this lady had profesional camera and tripod combo overkill.

    the verona stadium is amazing btw! the photos of it! BUCKET LIST!!

  8. Anett says:

    I think the truly rude thing was what Adele uttered when she turned her back. I think Adele is walking a very thin line here. Up until that point I agreed with her.

  9. Reece says:

    Team Adele!
    Or more accurately, Team The People Behind The A-Hole at a Concert with a TRIPOD!!
    I’m short so it already annoys me when I get stuck behind someone holding their camera (or doing that GD heart thing with their hands) the entire time.

  10. Ayra. says:

    Once I heard that someone was recording, and not simply with their phone but with a whole set up, the first thing I thought was that they were going to sell it “WATCH AN ADELE CONCERT IN YOUR HOME NOW”

    • lucy2 says:

      I thought so too. It’s one thing to take a few photos or a little video with your phone, but this definitely sounded like someone looking to capitalize on it. They’re lucky they weren’t removed from the theater.

    • holly hobby says:

      Yup exactly. They were making bootleg copies. This wasn’t a snippet for instagram. Adele was right to tell off this loser.

  11. RedOnTheHead says:

    Wow. For a blog that purports to be all about equality for women, the title of this post sure is a slam. On Adele. She didn’t “bitch” that person out. She asked them to stop doing something that she had every right to ask. Why did you have to use the term “bitched out?” Exactly how was she being a bitch? Is this the only term that can be used now when a woman is standing up for themselves?

  12. Sarah01 says:

    Don’t like the use of bitch or bitched.
    She is performing a live concert why not enjoy it instead of making a movie. It’s ridiculous apparently she had a tripod and was filming it. Not a smart phones

  13. Adrien says:

    I admit, I appreciate concert footages taken by fans with their camera phones especially if I am unable to attend the gig. I’m not totally against it. I understand why artists find it annoying though. It reduces the concert experience into a video/picture taking event and oftentimes the quality of the video is crappy. Concert performers hate it because not only it is distracting it reveals their prepared onstage antics and spiels to future concert goers. I understand the awkwardness of repeating some jokes the next night when you know a lot of fans have seen it before on Youtube.

  14. Peanutbuttr says:

    I just don’t get it. They always tell you not to record the concert and this isn’t even a quick clip.

    What’s the point of paying all this cash if you are going to watch through your screen.

  15. Elisha says:

    She has a right. It used to be considered “bootlegging” and illegal to bring in recording devices into concerts. People would sell discount recordings and eat into the artists album profits. That went out the window with smart phones.

  16. mme says:

    I like that most people thought that the person filming was rude. When Beyoncé asked someone filming her to put the camera down, she was called rude and narcissistic because she didn’t want unflattering images to gem out and it was also said that she only wants approved photos from her official photographer to be released. Every artiste out there has a tour photographer and they only release official pictures. Beyoncé, Adele, Rihanna, Demi, Bieber…. all of them. Good on Adele for calling her out

    • lurkernomore says:

      Good call on the hypocrisy. I doubt these comments would be so pro artist if it were at any of those artists you listed. I am team artist regardless of the actual artist on this one. Ppl can be so rude. I’ve gotten stuck behind Ppl doing this during concerts which caused me to have to force myself to actually see by moving. I paid just like they paid yet im forced out my seat, usually in the aisle, just to enjoy the concert. It happens in movie theaters all the time. Although not as annoying since there is more room & more seating options. All artists should have a team to snatched down any and all concert footage on yt or instagram. Nobody should be out here profiting off the work of others.

  17. Tara says:

    A tripod? That’s ridiculous. People are too quick to call a woman a bitch or to say she was being bitchy any time she’s a little firm or standing up for herself instead of being walked over. If a male rock star had done this it wouldn’t even be news.

  18. Marianne says:

    I doubt she would have cared that much if someone was using their phone. I think the fact that it was a professional camera on a tripod most likely meant this guy was going to sell the video which is wrong. And yeah she should cuss him out for that.

  19. Bread and Circuses says:

    “Meanwhile, did you know that Adele has quietly purchased a home in Beverly Hills? IS SHE MOVING TO AMERICA?!?!”

    Maybe she is coming to record with Beyonce! 😀

  20. SG says:

    Someone with a tripod isn’t looking to instagram, they’re looking to bootleg.
    Rude to both Adele and the fans, esp those sitting near him and his tripod. And greedy.

  21. Magnoliarose says:

    She’s right. Her concerts are not there for some person to record and sell the product for profit without her permission. So if they were embarrassed so the eff what. It was a stupid thing to do.

  22. Feeshalori says:

    You go, Adele! Broadway stars have stopped performances to tell off people flashing their cameras (Patti Lupone comes to mind) and if what this person did bothered Adele in any way, she’s well within her rights to tell that person off.

  23. Ginny says:

    It’s not okay to film in theatres, so why would it be okay to film concerts? You’d be asked to leave if you tried to film an opera, right? Some artists might not mind, but if they do, I think they have the right to ask the audience to stop.

  24. Tink says:

    Not sure how someone with a tripod would have gotten past security, this should have been for them to control, not Adele.

  25. Spike says:

    Right on Adele!

    In thus Age of Entitlement some people do as they please. The rest of us have to put up with their shite. Rude dumbasses. Concert tickets are far too ecpensive to deal with this.

    I’m glad she called the person out & schooled them. Boohoo, I’m so embarassed – you should be.

    Even small venues prohibit taking pictures or recording performances. It distracting.for the performer. It affects their performance. This in turn effects the experience.

  26. anon says:

    She should’ve tell a bodyguard. I hate it when famous people scold their fans. I don’t care how that person was filming her show. So many artists even look at the camera and smile when they’re being filmed. She should just not allow cameras in the venue like Morrissey does.