Do Fans Actually Get The Respect They Deserve?
5 July 2016, 11:54 | Updated: 16 June 2017, 10:13
After THIS incident, maybe not.
In the recent weeks since the Christina Grimmie and Pulse nightclub tragedies in Orlando Florida, internet stars and mainstream stars alike have undertaken special considerations when it comes to their live events.
Tyler Oakley cancelled a book signing shortly after, in observance of the tragedy; Drake has cancelled his summer '16 VIP meet and greets; and even Selena Gomez had to duck out of a meet and greet in Miami shortly after the shootings. Performers and personalities are taking a second look at how they interact with fans and fans are finally reacting to these extra precautions.
#RespectTheFans trended globally after a Fifth Harmony fan leveled allegations that one of the group's bodyguards "handled her inappropriately". We're usually of the opinion that every woman should be believed when she makes a claim like this so you'll receive no speculation on "the truth" from us.
Fifth Harmony has, however, released a statement refuting the claims.
According to the statement, the fan in question lied to security and behaved erratically as she tried to get a note to Lauren. 5H say that no "inappropriate handling" took place and that their security merely did what they had to do to protect the girls.
Lots of fans think that artists' boundaries need to be respected more.
I do not blame security AT ALL for being rough. After Christina Grimme, everyone is on edge. stop playing the victim. #RespectTheFans— Charlie (@charliedelrico) July 5, 2016
The security of course had to be stricter. If y'all want yalls idols to end up like Christina Grimmie then be my guest #RespectTheFans— Petty Harry Stan (@POCHARRYSTAN2) July 5, 2016
While other fans are bringing up their rights as fans.
#RespectTheFans I'm not Brazilian but i know that they are the most dedicated fans in the world.. and they always receive the least— InesZ (@InesAddkins) July 5, 2016
We aren't animals.— ani (@smallyson) July 5, 2016
We don't wanna hurt the girls.
We just want hugs, love and respect from the security guards. #RespectTheFans
"Only 5 of us versus hundreds of you." I thought we were on the same side. I'm sorry, I didn't know I was your enemy#RespectTheFans— rafa (@ouchkaks) July 5, 2016
Ask your bodyguards to buy your concert tickets and albums. #RespectTheFans— G (@SelenaMySavior) July 5, 2016
It's hard not to see both sides of this dilemma. On the one hand, no one deserves to feel unsafe in a situation where they otherwise might have felt elated and excited to meet their idols. If the young woman was handled in a way that made her feel scared or shaken, then that's a claim that needs to be thoroughly investigated by 5H. On the other hand, we live in a post-Christina Grimmie shooting world.
There is no way to look at a fan and know for sure if they pose a safety threat or are just a regular fn. There is no guarantee that, when you leave your hotel room as an artist, there is a 100% chance you'll be returning; and there is no amount of love for your fans that should make any artist sacrifice feeling safe and secure. Repeat after me: EVERYONE DESERVES TO FEEL SAFE AT THEIR JOBS.
Over the course of doing what they felt was right, 5th Harmony has clearly let their fans down. That being said, fans get so much from artists like 5H. Massive concerts, private gigs, world tours, merchandise, competitions, social media insight--fans get a lot. To say they aren't "respected" is an overreaction to a set of opaque 'he said, she said' circumstances. Their concerns are valid but maybe it's time for fans to consider their idols as well.