Seen and Overheard

See something, say something. Blogger and Smart Mouth columnist Amelia Robinson delivers what Daytonians are and should be talking about.

Hey concert-goer with the cellphone: stop being a major jerk

You are at THE CONCERT. 

It features one of your favorite acts.

He, she or they put on a fantastic show and, like EVERYONE else at the venue, you can barely contain the excitement of seeing the sparkly jewel(s) of stardom before your very own eyes in the pulsating flesh.

You whip out your cellphone, lift it higher than eye level and record that first song.

Then the second, then the third, then the forth.... dagnabbit, you jerk.

Are you going to record the entire show? 

We were behind two enthusiastic "cellphone videographers" like that at Tuesday night's Dolly Parton show at the Ohio State Fair.

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Try as we did, we could not reach concert-going nirvana because they were so damn annoying.

Cellphones and their menacing glares obstructed our view most of the time.

Add to that the fact that the people in front of us blabbed the whole time, climbed over seats and were generally a..#@$@s.

The cellphone thing was the major problem, though.

Nearly everyone these days grabs a few photos or videos during a concert.

That's natural.

That's expected.

What is not natural is when someone totally disregards the impact their actions have on the people around them.

So to the people in front of us, you were not the only ones excited to hear Dolly sing "Jolene" and talk about her boobs.

You missed it (thankfully), but we all went crazy when she sang "9 to 5,"  "I Will Always Love You," and other hits.

We love Dolly, too.

She's the star on the stage.

Proof that Dolly Parton is made of stars. Photo by Amelia Robinson

If you were her only fan, she wouldn't have been the sparkling solar system bedazzled in blinding bling.

No one was there to see your stupid iPhone screen or how it DIDN'T ACTUALLY capture Dolly's image, as she is either a magical fairy who can not be photographed by a human camera or was in so many sequins that it reflected happiness under the spotlights that blurred her out.

So, here are three takeaways:

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