Mom’s Facebook Rant to ‘Mean Girls’ Who Bullied Daughter Sparks Concert Etiquette Debate
Courtney Langford, a concerned mother, took to Facebook to express her frustration and disappointment after attending a Luke Combs concert featuring Lainey Wilson in St. Louis, Missouri, with her 11-year-old daughter. Her passionate post, which has since gone viral, shed light on the issue of concert etiquette and sparked a debate among social media users.
Langford began by recounting the excitement leading up to the concert, with her daughter eagerly anticipating the event. The duo had secured pit tickets, a coveted spot close to the stage, for their first big country concert experience. However, what should have been a joyous occasion quickly turned sour due to the actions of a group of individuals Langford refers to as the "mean girls."
Langford explained that her daughter, being shorter in stature, politely maneuvered her way around the taller concertgoers to find a better view. Unfortunately, this seemingly harmless action did not sit well with the individuals. They allegedly responded with anger, making derogatory comments and even threatening to pour beer over the young girl's head, according to the mother's Facebook post.
Expressing her dismay, Langford questioned the motives behind their hurtful behavior. She wondered what satisfaction they got out of bringing a child to tears, even going so far as to smile in response to their cruel actions, according to her recollection of the incident.
In her heartfelt post, Langford expressed her desire for her message to reach the "mean girls" and hoped they would reflect on their actions and reconsider treating others with kindness and respect.
To the mean girls:
You don’t know me. I don’t know you. But you showed me enough of you to know that I don’t care to know you.
Last September, I bought myself and my 11 year old daughter pit tickets to see Luke Combs. We’ve talked about it nearly every day since.
The day finally came. She picked a special outfit for the concert and I even let her wear mascara. It was her first big country concert!
We finally made it through the long line to get in the pit and she was smiling ear to ear to finally be there. We walked around to find the perfect spot. Little did we know that there was nothing perfect about the spot we picked.
Shes a kid. She’s 4’9. Y’all were much taller. So she politely squeezed around you… a little closer to the stage so she could see. Lainey and Luke are her favs.
I could see the anger on your face. You were so mad. You leaned over to your friend and said you should pour your beer over her head. She heard you too. Dirty looks. Then you proceeded to say some other not so nice words to her that made her move back to me.
Out of curiosity…. What satisfaction did it bring you when you brought her to tears? I watched you smile. You were happy that you broke her.
Honestly…. I hope this post goes viral so I can find you. I wanted to say something to you so bad last night but I wasn’t going to let you steal any more joy. You may be pretty on the outside but you definitely don’t have a pretty heart.
I just wanted to personally thank you. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to teach my daughter a valuable lesson…. That people are MEAN. Even worst that people are mean to kids. But the most valuable lesson I taught her is that we don’t stoop to your level. It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world…. But we kept it classy and moved.
While you didn’t steal our joy…. You did leave a lasting memory for her first concert. Thankfully Lainey and Luke put on a heck of a show and we hope to go back one day.
In the mean time…. If you have children… or ever have children in the future… I hope no one ever makes them feel the way you made my girl feel last night. And I hope you never…. Ever…. Make anyone feel like that ever again.
While Langford acknowledged that the incident left a lasting memory for her daughter's first concert, she also highlighted the valuable lessons it provided. Through this unfortunate experience, Langford had the opportunity to teach her daughter about the existence of unkind people in the world. She emphasized the importance of rising above such behavior and maintaining a sense of grace and dignity.
Following the viral post, reactions on social media were varied. Some individuals empathized with Langford and her daughter, sharing similar experiences and expressing their support for the call for better concert etiquette. Others, however, held a different perspective, arguing that the pit area of concerts tends to be crowded, and everyone should be prepared for limited visibility.
In the midst of the debate, one comment emerged in agreement with Langford's viewpoint.
first of all, i would’ve stood tf up once i heard someone threaten to poor alcohol on my child.
second of all, i get she didn’t want to “ruin the experience”, but absolutely not. i would stand tf up for my child no matter the situation, big or small. will my children know to defend themselves? oh absolutely, but mama will always be there too.
Facebook user Courtney Roberts agreed in large part with what Langford posted but also warned against putting her daughter in that position again.
I saw this right after it was posted yesterday and kept up with the comments for a good bit. Y’all know I don’t go to concerts unless I have pit tickets!!! I think the girls should’ve kept their mouth closed, and what was said was more than rude. And in no way does this make the mean comments understandable, BUT I also can say it is annoying when there are small children in the pit. It’s not even about anyone wanting to be in front, it’s about people in general get a bit wild in that area and then mommas get mad when kids get stepped on or bumped in to and things like that. Mommas also get mad when their small kids can’t see the artist, but that doesn’t mean the people in front of you are in the wrong for standing there, you chose a ticket where the fastest to the front and the tree like tallest human wins. ♀️
So prevent yourself from getting mad and just keep kids in seats. Then they can see perfectly, do not get stepped on or trampled, and no mommas get mad. or, get prepared and have thick skin because some people suck and that’s part of the pit ticket experience.
I have never made a momma mad, I just see it every time. I actually usually find a kid and bring them up to the front with me, because someone did that for me when I was small and it was my favorite concert memory!
There were several other hot takes as mixed reactions continued to pour in on the viral post that has been shared more than 30,000 times in less than 24 hours on Facebook.
Personally, I never get tickets in an area without designated seating—and even then, there are no guarantees. So much of our concert or sporting event experiences are depending on people just being good human beings, so I'm curious to hear you sound off on this viral debate.