Just before a recent show at Webster Hall, indie rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs posted a sign asking fans to not watch the show through their smartphones. “Put that sh** away as a courtesy to the person behind you and to Nick, Karen and Brian,” the sign read.
“PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THE SHOW THROUGH A SCREEN ON YOUR SMART DEVICE/CAMERA,” the sign read in full (emphasis completely theirs). “PUT THAT SH** AWAY as a courtesy to the person behind you and to Nick, Karen and Brian. MUCH LOVE AND MANY THANKS! YEAH YEAH YEAHS.”
The band’s very serious zero tolerance policy regarding smartphone use during their show was almost flawlessly enforced, too. That is, until fans pulled out the whole “but we give you your money” line of reasoning, the logic of which apparently caused lead vocalist Karen O to opt for a compromise.
She allowed fans to take a few photos for a few minutes before apparently shouting “Put those motherf*ckers away!”
SPIN reports that the crowd mostly respected the band’s wishes, with a few violators enjoying the show through their smartphone screen anyway. This is America, after all.
Still, we’re kind of on the side of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and not just because we like them. Additionally, we’re not alone in support of the smartphone ban. When SPINtweeted a photo of the sign, they reported that most tweeps overwhelmingly supported the request.
From the majority:
— Ra Ra Riot (@rarariot) April 8, 2013
And the minority for good measure:
— Meghan Kearney (@meghan_kearney) April 8, 2013
What do you think? Were the Yeah Yeah Yeahs right on with their smartphone ban, or are fans entitled to filming performances, even at the expense of other fans? Sound off!