Kendrick Lamar isn’t playing around when it comes to fans bringing their cellphones to his concerts. In fact, he isn’t playing so much that he’s banned them…
The rapper is joining his fellow musicians, Jack White and Alicia Keys, banning all photography from concerts as an exercise for “image management.” The Guardian reports that Kendrick Lamar chose to do this because he wants to make sure his brand stays on-point and that fans will want to keep buying tickets to his concerts. Come on now, really. True fans will not be satisfied watching someone’s concert via Instagram videos. Although, I definitely watched a few videos of Kendrick’s concert. What? The tickets sold out too fast.
I think this act is ridiculous. If I spend money to support you, I should be able to snap an Instagram Story or selfie if I choose to. If people want to have their cellphone distract them from a live concert, then that’s on them.
I don’t know. I don’t go to Kendrick Lamar concerts. And you know what? This makes me not want to go even more.
Jack White of the White Stripes said he decided to ban phones from his concerts because ““People can’t clap any more, because they’ve got a fucking texting thing in their fucking hand, and probably a drink, too!” Wait a minute, so you ban phones so people can clap for you? Boy, bye. I can’t. Besides, you can’t really ban someone from taking their cellphone to a concert. How are we supposed to order an Uber to get home? Maybe someone needs to tell Kendrick to sit down and be humble.
Will you go to a Kendrick Lamar concert now that he’s banned phones?