Filipino American singing superstar Bruno Mars is known for not being too fond of audiences who take out their mobile phones during his performances.
As this video compilation shows, he often asks fans to put their phones away to fully enjoy the concerts live:
However, his patience was severely tested at a recent concert in Japan where an audience member in the front row reportedly spent the duration of the show taking selfies and videos of herself and her friends.
Mars was performing at one of the four-night sold-out shows last week at Saitama Super Arena when the Japanese fan, who was later revealed to be Moueka Nozaki, a model with thousands of followers on social media, caught his attention for having her back turned most of the time.
According to other concertgoers, Mars eventually threw a towel at the direction of the female fan in frustration.
Nozaki was reportedly thrilled by the “gesture” as she thought the international singer lobbed the used towel as a gift.
She even shared her excitement on social media posting an image with the caption, “OMG!!! I GOT THIS!!!!”
However, many netizens were quick to rain down on the clueless model’s parade by pointing out her actions before the singer threw the towel accurately in her direction.
One Twitter user spelled it out for her quite eloquently, as translated by SoraNews24:
“How many tens of thousands of genuine Bruno Mars fans do you think there are behind you? What are you doing while we’re showing our joy and gratitude? You’re in the very front row. You’re in his line of sight. Because of your actions, the country’s image takes a dive. More than anything, Mars himself had been telling you to stop.”
“In the old days, if you went into a show with a video camera to record it, you’d be lucky to leave with your camera. Now everybody brings their smartphones and records everything. I’d like people to come to the shows and enjoy them like they did in the old days. I don’t want people to come and then say, ‘I saw it all last night on YouTube…the show is what it’s about. It’s what I love doing, the live thing, the performance, with the audience.”