The fan who was scolded by Miranda Lambert for taking a selfie with her friends at Lambert’s Las Vegas concert over the weekend has spoken out about the incident that went viral. Adela Calin, the concertgoer, told NBC News: “It felt like I was back at school with the teacher scolding me for doing something wrong and telling me to sit down back in my place … I feel like she 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.”
The 43-year-old Calin, a social media influencer, shared that her group couldn’t get one good picture before the show started, so she asked someone to take their photo toward the end of the concert, explaining: “We were so excited because I think we had the best seats in the house in the whole theater.” Calin added that she was appalled by Lambert’s reaction, and said the selfie took “30 seconds at most.”
Lambert, 39, has since come under criticism after stopping her performance of “Tin Man” to scold the women taking a group photo at her concert Saturday night. In a now-viral TikTok video, Lambert is heard saying: “I’m gonna stop right here for a sec. These girls are worried about a selfie and not listening to the song, and it’s pissing me off a little bit … We’re here to hear some country music tonight. I’m singing some country damn music.” She then proceeding to start the song over again.
Calin posted the photos in question to her Instagram, which shows the six women smiling for the camera as Lambert performed in the background. She wrote in the caption: “these are the 2 pictures we were talking when Miranda Lambert stopped her concert and told us to sit down and not take selfies .”
A representative for Lambert declined to comment, saying that the performer had “no statement to add.”
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