During a July 15 performance of Miranda's Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas residency, fans saw the country singer pause her singing when she noticed a group of fans were taking selfies while she was belting out a moving tune. At the time, she told the audience that she wasn't thrilled by the sight and wanted them to focus on the music. When the subject later came up in a segment on The View, Whoopi voiced her feelings about how she would react if she was in the same situation.
"If they paid money for the tickets, they came to see her," she told co-hosts Sara Haines, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Alyssa Farah Griffin. "So, if she's singing, at least a little respect. Acknowledge [that if] you can see her, she can see you too."
Whoopi continued: "It's like being a lounge singer. You go into a bar, somebody's at the piano and nobody's listening. That's what it's like for her, I'm just saying."
When Sara, Sunny and Alyssa tried to rationalize why the fans decided to take the photos in the middle of the concert, Whoopi wasn't having it. After making 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 of watching me while I'm doing my thing or don't come," she concluded. "Turn on the television, girl ... I'm leaving y'all because I want to take a picture with this marvelous woman who is 91. So, we're going to do a selfie. Just me and you."
When The View fans saw Whoopi's reaction and position on the concert incident, many were split by the decision. While some disagreed with the TV personality's opinion, others didn't hesitate to side with her online.
"That was amazing what Whoopi did at [the] end, that's how we all should be!!!" one person wrote on Instagram. "Well done Whoopi 👏 so sweet," another agreed. "This was a cute segment I like that they all had different opinions and just stated them, and the Whoopi moment at the end," a different follower said on YouTube.
If there's anything to know about Whoopi, it's that she'll stand up for whatever she believes in.
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