A video has recently gone viral of Post Malone looking intoxicated on stage. Well, that’s what I wrote in the newspaper article anyway. By ‘recently’, I meant recently. The video was viral between like the 6th and the 10th of March. It is now the 20th of March. Well done, Gina. I’m 10 days late to the party and it’s been over a week since I posted on here. You’d think in the middle of a global pandemic where I’m supposed to be self-isolating, an introvert like me would have all the time in the world to be writing blog posts. But no, I’ve been busy putting on weight, sleeping, cutting my toe nails, all that boring adult stuff. So, I bring to you an article about Post Malone that, aside from the fact that the coronavirus has likely taken over all your news feeds anyway, is completely irrelevant now and 10 days out of date. But you came to my blog page, so I assume you were looking for that low level quality anyway?
The American artist was performing at the FedEx Forum on the 6th of March, when fans spotted him rolling his eyes, seemingly forgetting his own lyrics, stumbling around on stage and just generally appearing rather fucked. The video went viral across TikTok and Twitter, with fans questioning whether he was under the influence during his performance.
The huge number of fans that the 24-year-old has became apparent when several TikTok and Twitter users revealed concerns for his health. One Twitter user, @Btsarmy2190, highlighted how ‘we can’t lose another artist’ – probably referring to legends like Amy Winehouse.
This creates the debate as to whether we, as fans, have a right to intervene or comment on celebrities’ lives. Some celebrities may want to have their privacy respected, but when it comes to particular health issues that they themselves may not be able to identify, who is responsible to get them the appropriate help? On the one hand, fans could be responsible, as celebrities are likely to listen to their fans, since they will want to please their fans in order to keep up their professional reputation. Some fans can become very involved (obsessed) and immersed in a celebrity’s life, sometimes creating fan pages on social media sites, and keeping track of their key events (stalking). So, it would be pretty easy for you to identify some specific health conditions at an early stage.
On the other hand, the responsibility may lie with the celebrities’ managers or personal assistants, as these people will have more control and authority over the celebrity. Whilst a manager may want to push ticket sales, song downloads and music video views as much as possible, they also have a duty of care to ensure that the celebrities are able to cope with all the demands and pressures. Particularly in the case of Post Malone, who has over 21.1 million followers on Instagram (I am now one of those), it’s important to avoid encouraging any alcohol or drug-related issues, as there are so many people worldwide who idolise him.
Despite the huge concern displayed across TikTok and Twitter, the musician actually denied any drug or alcohol use during his performance. He stated, ‘I appreciate the love, but I feel f****** fantastic, and I’m not doing drugs’. His manager, Dre London, also commented, pointing out that he was only falling whilst performing the song, ‘I Fall Apart’. If you didn’t clock, like me, his druggy behaviour was just part of his act, and he was in fact sober.
To some fans (not me), this was obvious from the start. I’m apparently a naive little shit, because when I saw the video, I jumped straight on the band wagon and thought, fuck he needs help. Amongst the tweets expressing concern, there were also some tweets expressing shock at the amount of concern there was, when some fans saw that he was just trying to dramatize the song.
So, from what we can see, it appears that Post Malone is doing very well for himself, and the drug concerns were hopefully a false alarm. Back in September 2019, he released his latest album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, which has proved very successful. He has also appeared in Netflix’s new film, Spenser Confidential, playing the character ‘Squeeb’, an inmate. This has also turned out to be very successful, reaching the Top 10 films on Netflix. In conclusion, I think we can all just chill the fook out and continue to belt out ‘Congratulations’ in the shower.