I’m kind of up in the air about something that happened to me last night and I figured I would let the people that read this blog decide on this issue. I seriously have been thinking about this and can’t decide what is the right course. For some reason I am allowing you to be my moral compass, which I don’t know if that is a good thing or bad thing after reading some of your comments and e-mails in general. (you sick and dirty bastards)
Last night I went to a concert, while in line waiting to get in there was an extremely drunk girl walking up and down the line talking shit and creating a commotion. She barely could walk and kept fighting with her friends and causing a scene, making it a little uncomfortable for everyone in line yet also making the wait vastly entertaining. Everyone in line was transfixed on this girl, who was in her early twenties, that obviously was not going to make it through the concert, as her legs were wobbly and she was acting like Courtney Love after a weekend bender.
I decided to whip out the cell phone camera and video tape it for a few seconds, more to get the audio than anything else. Her lectures, laced with profanity and tears, were delivered in a slurred speech that made the Gallagher Brothers from Oasis sound like James Earl Jones. The idea of doing a “what not to do at a concert” blog was in my mind and I figured it was time to get some content for it. For a few seconds I debated doing this but then I figured this girl was such a douche that it was too funny to not get on tape. Well of course one of the guys fighting with her caught this and did not like it in the least. He slammed my phone shut and said, “What you going to put this on youtube?” (This was followed by a two minute tirade that prominently involved my mom and his cock. I actually kind of wish I got this on tape instead.)
I told him to get control of his friend and teach her to handle her drinks. His friend came up to me profusely apologizing for both of them, while the original guy was still in my face talking shit. The apologizer pushed his friend away, who was all riled up and was trying to start a fight.
The other people around me in line were laughing their asses off and a few people asked me if the video came out because they wanted a copy of it. (Sadly it didn’t come out at all as the one guy shut my camera basically when I started it.) A few other people commented that they would have my back if a fight broke out, so high school but nonetheless appreciated.
Since last night though I have thought about this event from both sides, I want to use my camera and camcorder option on my phone more to document the things around me that I am going to write about. At what point is it crossing the line in using it? Was I in the wrong last night? Here are the two arguments that have been going on in my head.
I was in the wrong
1) It was a total dick move to tape that, I don’t know how receptive I would be if someone was doing that to my friend
2) You have to establish limits and this might be finally crossing the line
3) There could be personal ramifications for this person if I don’t blur out their face when I edit the video
4) I didn’t have their permission to do this
I was in the right
1) You want to act like an asshole in public, this is a possible consequence
2) It is comedic material, a lot of comedy comes at the expense of others in some way
3) A “caught on tape” type viral video is usually not done with permission
4) I can blur out their faces ultimately protecting their identity
Where do you come down on this issue? What are your thoughts?