Be prepared this is going to be a lengthy, rant type of blog post which isn’t something I usually do but I felt like it needed to be done. Basically, at the time of writing this I am majorly, majorly pissed off. Tonight I realised that one of my favourite bands twenty øne piløts would be playing Reading festival and whilst I was beyond gutted I couldn’t be there I thought I’d watch the live stream anyways to at least pretend I was. For the majority of the time watching the stream I was singing my heart out, longing to be at the festival where my favourite band was playing but by the end of the set it was a whole different story.
If you’re a fan of twenty øne piløts then you’ll know that they go all out in their shows through their involvement with their fans, allowing themselves to be held up by them at different points in the show. They also have a massive finish when playing one of their most well known tracks ‘Car Radio’ which looked like what they intended to do on this occasion alas this didn’t happen. From what I could see and from what I’ve heard from other people, security wouldn’t allow Tyler, the vocalist for those of you who don’t know, to get to the platform in the centre of the crowd which he usually sings from. This prompted him to attempt to crowd surf to the platform. While this probably wasn’t the best idea, I don’t think he could’ve expected what happened next. Tyler ended up in the crowd, having his t shirt ripped to shreds, mask ripped off and his shoes stolen off his feet whilst half of the crowd didn’t even attempt to help him to the platform. This resulted in the set being either cut/ending without the final part of Car Radio being played.
I’m unaware of what actually went down since I wasn’t there myself but it was an absolute shamble. Security clearly didn’t do as much as they could’ve as I myself heard one of them say “That’s enough, come on now” to someone in the crowd over Tyler’s microphone but no attempt was made to help him back. Now, not for one minute am I saying that it was their fault but I personally feel they could’ve helped the situation more.
This post isn’t really about this whole situation as the message I want to convey here is a message about respect. Bands such as twenty øne piløts clearly have so much faith in their fans that they would think it was okay to do something like this without being mobbed. I’ve attended one of their gigs before and felt nothing but love and support from surrounding fans but if I had of been front and centre I think I would’ve wanted to come home there and then.
Celebrities have so much gratitude towards their fans, after all they are the ones keeping them afloat. I’ve attended gigs and conventions alike where I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of my favourite celebrities and have always been treated with respect from them whether this be through a hand shake, a hug or kind words that we’ve exchanged in conversation which are some of the fondest memories I have of any point in my life. I know that this comes from a feeling of give and take, I respect them and they give me that in return. I also know that a lot of the time when attending bigger scale conventions, people seem to get annoyed when someone they would like to meet either can’t attend or chooses not to attend. This often results in said celebrity receiving verbal abuse or harassment from people who claimed to be their ‘fans’ and support system. Events like this one at Reading really bring it home as to why some celebrities feel as anxious as they do at such events and why sometimes it just isn’t possible for them to attend them.
I guess what I’m basically trying to say is, respect is a two sided thing and if you give it, you’ll receive it. Remember, those people that you look up to are just as human as you are and deserve to be treated as such.