During a July 15 performance of Miranda Velvet Rodeo Residence in Las Vegas, fans saw the country singer interrupt her singing when she noticed a group of fans taking selfies while she sang an emotional tune. At the time, she told the audience that she wasn’t thrilled with the sight and wanted them to focus on the music. When the subject came up later in a segment on ViewWhoopi expressed her feelings about how she would react if she were in the same situation.
“If they paid money for the tickets, they came to see her,” she told the co-hosts Sarah Haines, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin And Alyssa Farah Griffin. “So if she sings, at least a little respect. Recognize (if) you can see her, she can see you too.”
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Whoopi continued, “It’s like being a lounge singer. You walk into a bar, someone’s at the piano and nobody’s listening. That’s how it is for her, I’m just saying.”
When Sara, Sunny, and Alyssa tried to justify why fans decided to take the photos in the middle of the concert, Whoopi had none of it. After speaking her thoughts loud and clear, she put her words into action with the help of the live audience.
“Stay home. If you’re going to spend $750 to come to my concert, then give me the respect to watch me while I’m doing my thing or don’t come,” she concluded. “Turn on the TV, girl…I’m leaving you because I want to take a picture with this wonderful 91-year-old woman. So, we’re going to take a selfie. Just you and me.”
When View fans saw Whoopi’s reaction and stance on the concert incident, many were divided by the decision. While some disagreed with the TV personality’s opinion, others didn’t hesitate to join her online.
“It was amazing what Whoopi did in (the) end, that’s how we all should be!!!” someone wrote on Instagram. “Well done Whoopi 👏 so sweet,” agreed another. “It was a cute segment which I love because they all had different opinions and just voiced them, and the Whoopi moment at the end,” another YouTube follower said.
If there’s anything to know about Whoopi, it’s that she will stand up for whatever she believes in.
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