Still trending - Peter Frampton and the cell phone incident
For the past couple of days, Peter Frampton has been trending in my Facebook sidebar. I don't often click on those links to read the corresponding posts. After three days, though, I decided to see what the fuss was all about.
Here is the nutshell, since you probably already know the story. Peter Frampton asked people to not record his concert. It was also announced by the venue prior to the show. Some schmuck in the front row decided to ignore this. He kept recording video, despite repeated requests to stop. Apparently, he was also being otherwise obnoxious, ruining the concert experience for those all around him. Recording the show meant his phone was in the line of sight of other audience members. He was calling other concertgoers derogatory names. He even flipped off Frampton.
When he couldn't take it anymore, Frampton asked the man if he could see the pictures on his phone. The man passed it up and Frampton hurled it up in the air. I have read that he threw it backstage. I have read that he chucked it up into the rafters. Either way, the man lost his phone.
Some people have said that Frampton took it too far. Others have been applauding his decision. I think I fall more in the latter category. I mean, I love to photograph my favorite performers when at cnocerts. I keep them as mementos of the occasion. But I also have this thing called respect. If a performer has specifically said to not record him, I would respect his wishes. If a venue said it was verboten, I admit I may sneak a pic or two, but I will not persist and record video.
I also need to question where security was during this whole thing. Any time I have been to a show where we have been told to not record, security is relentless. People sitting next to me at a show last summer, sixth row, were kicked out when they continued to take photographs, after being warned one time.
What do you think?