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Summer Walker, who is known for having social anxiety and being an introvert, was called out on Instagram by a fan for barely speaking to her during a meet-and-greet. The interaction was captured in a screenshot and later posted to Twitter.
“Such an anticlimactic and disappointing experience meeting Summer Walker yesterday,” the Instagram caption, under a photo of Walker and the fan, reads. “Not only did she move the meet and greet last minute to after the show, the meet and greet itself was literally five seconds. We were informed to have our phones out, ready with flash, and not sit too close or touch her. She barely spoke to anyone, every couple of people she’d say ‘Hi.”'”
The woman wrote that Walker didn’t autograph anything for her.
“I sat around for hours trying to figure out what item of mine I wanted you to sign and what I might say to you. I didn’t even get an autograph. Granted I didn’t expect minutes of your time but I at least expected some sincerity,” she wrote.
She also made sure to note that she was now an ex-fan after the meet-and-greet.
“It was a big hurt piece for me because I really idolize her and her work. I knew she was an introvert and kind of closed off but there was no effort in this at all, whatsoever. For a fan who supports you and your music! Helps put money into your pocket. There was not a care or a sense of compassion for all the waiting and money spent into getting to that moment,” she wrote.
Now, there is an ongoing debate on Twitter about interaction. Some are standing up for Walker since she’s a known introvert, and the way the meet-and-greet allegedly went should have been expected.
“Look, I don’t even listen to Summer Walker but if she’s OPEN about being introverted and having social anxiety…why yall still buying tickets for live shows and paying for meet and greets just to complain that she ‘lacks stage presence’. You knew wtf was up. Leave her alone,” Twitter user @TypicalTweeter wrote.
Look, I don’t even listen to Summer Walker but if she’s OPEN about being introverted and having social anxiety...why yall still buying tickets for live shows and paying for meet and greets just to complain that she “lacks stage presence”. You knew wtf was up. Leave her alone.— blanca evangelista (@TypicalTweeter) November 9, 2019
But others noted, especially since money was involved, Walker should have done more to appease her fans.
“The people defending summer walker and these shifty ass meet and greets are trash. entitlement is not a factor when there’s money involved. if you are not that type of artist that wants fan interaction, then do not SELL meet and greet packages for your tours. DUH,” Twitter user @blacksocialite wrote.
the people defending summer walker and these shifty ass meet and greets are trash. entitlement is not a factor when there’s money involved. if you are not that type of artist that wants fan interaction, then do not SELL meet and greet packages for your tours. DUH.— Brian Patrick Davis! (@blacksocialite) November 9, 2019
I wonder why she didn't just stay a writer, and write hits for other ppl, keep her anonymity amongst regular ppl, and still get notoriety and $$$ in the music business— Dawn April (@MiSsAprilneSs) November 9, 2019
Others also pointed out that if Walker is too shy, to the point where she can’t even meet fans, then perhaps she should not host meet-and-greets.
“Why would Summer Walker host a meet and greet knowing she has social anxiety and introverted af,” Twitter user @Tayygoldz wrote.
Why would Summer Walker host a meet and greet knowing she has social anxiety and introverted af pic.twitter.com/0giaRHqZRO— Period Pooh 💋 (@Tayygoldz) November 9, 2019
And girl why are you having a meet and greet ANYWAY pic.twitter.com/htvKmd5sMg— . (@HoesBum) November 7, 2019
I’m a little confused when it comes to this social anxiety thing summer walker has does it only kick in sometimes? Why does she host meet & greets and take ppl money if she can’t be around ppl? I’m just confused— YDF 💣✨ (@Nayonceeee) November 8, 2019
I totally get Summer Walker being an introvert with social anxiety but a PAID Meet&Greet? That shouldn’t even be one of the services you offer if that’s how you’re going to treat people. 🤷🏽♂️ Have your concert and go home. Let’s not torture each other.— coretta scott cream 🧁 (@chrilliamsX) November 9, 2019
I don’t think Summer Walker should apologize for her social anxiety but I don’t think she should have a meet and greet. That doesn’t make sense to me— Scamron Giles (@WESTCOASTSUMA) November 9, 2019
Walker previously announced that this would probably be her first and final tour–the tour is even called The First and Last Tour. She said during an Apple Music conversation with Ari Lennox that she would prefer to a “live a lovely and normal life.”
Dominic-Madori Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. She covers the internet, politics, and social issues.