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Unlike Miranda Lambert, Vanilla Ice is encouraging his fans to snap all the selfies they want.
The Ice Ice Baby rapper, 55, took a swipe at the county star at a recent show, telling fans, “You can take all the selfies you want — this ain’t no Miranda Lambert concert.”
PEOPLE reported that Ice was in Atlantic City as part of his I Love the ’90s tour and as he waded into the audience he told the crowd, “Turn it around like Miranda hates.”
Lambert, 39, caused a stir online last week after she paused a show in Las Vegas to chastise a group of women taking selfies during her performance.
“I’m gonna stop right here for a second, I’m sorry,” Lambert said as she was launching into a rendition of her 2016 hit Tin Man. “These girls are worried about their selfie and not listening to the song,” she lamented.
“It’s pissing me off a little bit,” the If I Was a Cowboy singer continued. “Sorry, I don’t like it. At all. We’re here to hear some country music tonight. I’m singing some country damn music.”
But the Grammy winner’s response divided fans online, with some calling out the singer’s harsh reaction.
In a TikTok video that generated nearly 28,000 comments, several audience members were seen leaving their seats, with one saying, “Let’s go — you don’t do that to fans.”
“Yeah, I would have left, f*** that. They paid to be there. If you don’t want pictures, then don’t allow phones. That’s ridiculous,” one fan snapped.
“She could have finished her song and just said some blanket statement like, ‘Let’s try to be in the moment and stay off our phones’ if she felt like she needed to,” one person added in a comment on the TikTok video.
“I actually think this is super weird. I’m a huge music fan and I also love Miranda Lambert but those girls could’ve saved up months to see an artist they love and wanted to commemorate their time there. Now this will be their memory,” another detractor wrote on Twitter. “It feels like we should let people enjoy these moments however they want unless they are bothering others, being harmful, or disruptive.”
One observer weighed in, recalling that Lambert has a history of awkward fan interactions.
“Miranda Lambert also once popped a fan’s beach ball when she got annoyed that the crowd was having fun with it. She’s like the Grinch of country music.”
But several people defended Lambert’s coarse reaction, with one writing: “To put the Miranda Lambert thing into perspective… imagine if Taylor [Swift] played a super up close and personal show and right as she launched into All Too Well, the drunk locals in the VIP seats in front of you, asked you to take photos of them with their backs to Taylor…”
One of the women who posed for the photos that caused Lambert’s viral blow-up, spoke out about the incident in an interview with NBC News.
“It was 30 seconds at most,” Adela Calin, a social media influencer from Vegas, said. “We took the picture quickly and were going to sit back down.”
Calin added that the exchange made her feel humiliated.
“It felt like I was back at school with the teacher scolding me for doing something wrong and telling me to sit down back in my place,” she said. “I feel like she was determined to make us look like we were young, immature and vain. But we were just grown women in our 30s to 60s trying to take a picture.”
When one commentator asked if she walked out after getting dressed down, Calin replied, “2 of my friends did.”
But during a show over the weekend, Lambert was unapologetic, praising a concertgoer she spotted in a T-shirt that read, “Shoot Tequila, Not Selfies.”
“That’s badass,” said Lambert, taking a swig from a shot-sized bottle in a video that was shared by her guitarist Ethan Ballinger.
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