Since the lockdowns in 2020 and beyond, people have forgotten how to conduct themselves in public. Boorish behavior is running rampant. God forbid you wear the wrong color hat or have a t-shirt someone finds offensive. In the past, folks would mind their own business and go about their day. Not anymore.
The bad behavior has also extended beyond just casual, everyday activity. Numerous sporting events, concerts, comedy shows, and political events have been interrupted by delusional people with no sense of decorum or etiquette.
Even traffic is being stopped in some places by protesters who think it’s okay to inconvenience everyone to champion whatever meaningless cause of the day they are behind. However, the tide is starting to turn, as folks are getting fed up with bad actors ruining everyone’s day.
It isn’t just regular people, either. Recently, the state police in Nevada smashed a climate protest barricade with their vehicles and immediately arrested the protesters. In the sports and entertainment world, athletes stay on high alert for interlopers, and the chance to body slam someone, and singers and comedy clubs have beefed up security to avoid another Dave Chappelle incident.
Most recently, British pop superstar Adele took the extreme measure of stopping in the middle of a song to admonish the crowd and security as they were harassing a young fan who dared to stand up at a concert. The nerve!
During her performance of “Water Under the Bridge,” Adele stopped, removed the microphone, and walked to the front of the stage. She then said: “What is going on with that young fan there, that’s been bothered so much since I came on, for standing up? What’s going on with him? Yes, you with your hand up. Yes, you, put your hand up. Yes, you, with the stick in your hand. Yes, him. What are you doing? Why are you out bothering him?”
Apparently, an excited fan was standing during Adele’s performance, and other spectators behind him and security were harassing the fan to sit. Naturally, Adele took offense, as would most artists, when the crowd was simply sitting on their hands during a show.
Adele wasn’t finished: “Can you leave him alone, please? They won’t bother you again now, darling. You enjoy the show. Leave him alone.”
This isn’t the first time Adele has had to directly address the audience or particular audience members. There has been a ridiculous trend of people throwing items onto the stage during concerts. Bebe Rexha, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, and others have been struck by flying debris recently. Cardi B even threw something back before slamming her microphone down and storming away.
During one Vegas show, Adele issued a stern warning: “Have you noticed how people are like forgetting f—ing show etiquette at the moment because [they’re] throwing s— on stage? Have you seen them? I f—ing dare you. Dare you throw something at me and I’ll f—ing kill you.”
Adele’s threat was tongue-in-cheek, but her point is valid. People have indeed forgotten how to act since 2020. Until security tightens up and law enforcement starts leading some of these people out of clubs and arenas in handcuffs, the idiocy will continue. In the meantime, keep your head on a swivel if you are out in public; you never know who the next bad actor will be.
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