The Dobre Brothers apologise after "awkward" meet and greet goes viral
8 October 2019, 13:19
The Dobre Brothers have said sorry after fans criticised a video of them at a recent meet and greet. The group blamed their lack of energy in the video on their "restless" filming and tour schedule.
Meet and greets have become a fairly divisive practice in recent years. Celebrities like Justin Bieber have called them "draining" in the past, while Ariana Grande recently cancelled a few scheduled meet and greets to "preserve her voice and energy" (though fans have had largely positive things to say about Ari's M&Gs).
The general consensus about meet and greets seems to be that, if a hefty price tag is attached to a VIP package, celebs should (at the very least) be polite and gracious to their fans – otherwise just don't offer meet and greets at all.
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Internet personalities The Dobre Brothers have been scrutinised this week over a video showing an "awkward" meet and greet with a fan who posted the interaction on TikTok. The video was then reposted on Twitter, where it has been viewed nearly 6 million times.
The Dobre brothers have 7.76 million subscribers on YouTube and often do skits and pranks on one another on the channel.
The group are currently on tour and, in the video, they can be seen posing for photos with a fan in a manner that some have called "disappointing".
Fans have also pointed out that the meet and greet would have been part of a special package. On the group's site, General Admission is $29.99. However, meet and greets + admission for an upcoming Boston show start at $75.99. The next tier comes in at $199.99 and the highest tier – "Dobre Army Ultimate Fan Experience"– costs $599.99. It's unclear what package the fan in the viral video paid for.
People had some thoughts on the now viral video of The Dobre Brothers' meet and greet.
that poor girl paid 80$ to get a sideways glance by the dobre brothers. pic.twitter.com/YGckN6Y4Jy— ri (@rileybuthappier) October 7, 2019
ew that video of the dobre brothers m&g is gross i feel so bad for that girl who obviously paid alot to meet them :(— 𝒃𝒆𝒕𝒉 (@chanelalvares) October 7, 2019
this is just sad. she looks so awkward and uncomfortable. these people pay to meet you, and idolize you. you wouldn’t be where you are if it weren’t for them. treat them well. @ the dobre brothers, idk them, but i hope they know. so @ them, please. pic.twitter.com/utB43iozvm— jillian (@2001SEAVEY) October 7, 2019
Holy shit for a second I was like is there a Dobre brothers exhibit at Madame Tussaud’s? https://t.co/pZtbrn8qwJ— Spooky Gonzalez (@dannygonzalez) October 7, 2019
lucas and marcus didnt smile for the picture. darius and cyrus barely even looked at her. look at her face. disappointment. she said hi but they didnt say it back. what is this? this wasnt the same dobre brothers that i remembered. pic.twitter.com/cnqjrIRWTV— 𝚊𝚕𝚎𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚊 (@iflycv) October 7, 2019
The Dobre brothers should’ve just cancelled their m&g if they were “SO tired” they couldn’t even at least hug that poor girl who PAID, a decent amount of money Im sure, to see them. I’m sad for her. Imagine meeting your fav n they have cara de culo n won’t even get up to hug you?— 𝕸𝖔𝖓𝖆 𝕷𝖎𝖘𝖆 || 𝔐𝔞𝔪𝔦 ℭ𝔥𝔲𝔩𝔞 (@_vivabella) October 8, 2019
the dobre brothers really said— a | 22 (@multishaw) October 7, 2019
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Meeting my fans makes me soo happy! Couple m&g tickets left -only $600 pic.twitter.com/CTKHoLQcoF— Corey La Barrie (@coreylabarrie) October 8, 2019
Thank GOD victon treat Alices like we’re gold bc those dobre brothers are fucking rude as fuck..their fans be paying $80 to see them and that’s how they treat them lol.. this is why you should spend that money on Victons discography..— jopping han🐻 victon comeback (@ILOVESEUNGSlK) October 7, 2019
People also came to their defence, pointing out that they could have been having a rough day leading up to the meet and greet.
"Yo we don’t know what’s really going on in this though. They could have been there for hours and hours and maybe they got some bad news just before. Like I really do NOT like the dobre brothers but I won’t judge them off this when I have no idea what’s ACTUALLY going on," wrote one person.
"Not being so active in this m&g doesn't make them a JOKE. They're humans too, they're getting tired to the things they loved but they're doing this for their fans," another fan tweeted in their defence.
Lucas Dobre has since apologised on behalf of the group.
He said: "We just wanted to apologize. After a long 48 hours of restless filming and touring then meeting thousands of fans with no sleep we were exhausted by the end of our show. Our true apologies ❤️ we are sincerely sorry."
We just wanted to apologize. After a long 48 hours of restless filming and touring then meeting thousands of fans with no sleep we were exhausted by the end of our show. Our true apologies ❤️ we are sincerely sorry. https://t.co/H6MW5oLdKv— Lucas Dobre (@lucasdobre) October 7, 2019
Of course, this is just one video on one day and, per the apology, it sounds like the group were exhausted.