Fake Melanie Martinez story brings issue to light

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A previously reported story involving Melanie Martinez commenting on Justin Bieber’s Insta post has been confirmed fake! We apologize to both parties for (unintentionally) reporting on a dud story.

A screencap of Melanie’s comment has been circulating the internet with her Instagram handle reading: “You decided to get into a career where you depend on fans. fans made your career.” Upon further investigation, the comment was Photoshopped!

Our article about the comment (read here), however,  has brought an important issue to light. Justin Bieber’s decision to not take fan photos comes weeks after Amy Schumer announced a similar decision. There’s no souvenir as personal as a picture with your favorite artist, but when they say “stop,” you stop.

It comes as no surprise that, in an age where our social media display is more important than our experiences, common decency has evidently diminished and fans don’t think before disrespecting an artist, whether that means being intrusive for a selfie or photoshopping words into their mouths. We can’t stress enough the importance of respecting artists the same as you would a stranger on the street.

Schumer’s decision came after being harassed by a man who would not take “no” for an answer. She turned the tables and snapped a photo of the man (below) with a description of his behavior.

“This guy in front of his family just ran up next to me scared the sh– out of me. Put a camera in my face. I asked him to stop and he said ‘no it’s America and we paid for you’ this was in front of his daughter. I was saying stop and no,” her post read. “Yes legally you are allowed to take a picture of me. But I was asking you to stop and saying no. I will not take pictures with people anymore and it’s because of this dude in Greenville.”

Meghan Trainor recently shared an Instagram post of her walking to breakfast with her mother. The caption, however, took a dark turn on an otherwise cute pic. Meghan shared, “When I was too scared to go out to eat breakfast with my parents because there were mad paps and my mom said ‘come on Meghan, grab my hand..you can do it’ I felt 5 again.” She continued, “I love you mom. Don’t know what I would do without you”

Entertainers like Meghan, Justin, Melanie, Amy, and so many more share their talent with us and lose the freedom to live a normal life. Treat your favorite celebrities like you would treat any other human being. You pay for their art, not their lives. It’s okay to ask for an autograph or a picture, but respect their freedom to say “no.”

Last summer, a fan even went as far as stealing a purse from Melanie Martinez while attending her show. Various fans following the situation claimed to have the purse and would only return it if she got their tweets to 2,000 favorites. Others just responded by saying “MOM” or “Queen!”

In a Tumblr post addressing the issue, Melanie brought one dark side of fame to the public eye,  saying “I was talking to another friend of mine who is an artist and she said that if we were bleeding on the sidewalk, people would probably take a selfie before helping us.”

We need a change. We need to respect the artists that we follow so dearly. When will this stop? That’s up to us! This doesn’t only apply to fan photos. Bring the respect to your social media pages. If you don’t like an artist, don’t follow them. If you don’t like a new song, don’t listen to it. Don’t drag the people who share their art with you, and don’t drag others for enjoying it. Sooner or later you may lose the privilege of hearing it.

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