Syrian singer Faia Younan has upset a crowd of her supporters after she turned down a selfie with a fan on stage.
At the time of the incident, Younan was singing at the Citadel of Damascus, in a concert sponsored by the Syrian government. During the event, a young man approached the singer on stage to take a selfie with her.
However, the singer simply turned her face in the other direction and refused the selfie. Upon denying the fan’s request she said: “They’ll all come up here now,” referring to the crowd. Younan’s response sparked social media outrage.
Shortly after, a security guard escorted the fan off stage in front of a crowd of some 5,000 people.
Without a nudge, Younan immediately resumed her concert. According to al-Nahar newspaper, even Younan’s fans couldn’t find an explanation for her dubbed ‘rude’ response.
Dozens of social media sites and television channels carried news of the filmed incident. Each of the platforms accused Younan of being “vain,” while others called her inexperienced. Some said the incident was annoying and unacceptable.
This event has caused a dent in her popularity. According to some news outlets, “to love her fans is a true singer’s quality.”