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Taylor Swift Has Been Called Out For Giving Her Fans "Permission" To Be On Their "Worst Behavior" In Her Divisive "Eras Tour" Concert Film Announcement

In case you somehow managed to miss it, on Thursday Taylor Swift announced that her record breaking Eras tour will be coming to movie theaters across North America in October.

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Hector Vivas / Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

The tour kicked off in March and currently has shows scheduled up until November 2024, with the concert film announcement coming shortly after Taylor completed the first leg of Eras earlier this month.

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Kevin Winter / Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

And if you have been anywhere near social media this year, you're probably aware of how much of an event every single sold-out stadium show has been.

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Tom Cooper / Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

Fans have leaned into extravagance with their showstopping outfits, started a tradition of making and exchanging friendship bracelets with other concertgoers, and even created several Swiftie in-jokes for certain moments in Taylor's set.

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Tom Cooper / Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

For example, shortly before the tour kicked off TikToker @mikaelarellano went viral after he posted his dance routine for the "Bejeweled" chorus, which consisted of strutting in a straight line and wiggling his fingers on the word "shimmer."

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Not only did Taylor herself incorporate this into her show, the "shimmer" fingers have become a staple among all fans while she is performing this song.

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Meanwhile, the trend of shouting: "1, 2, 3, let's go bitch!" at the start of the song "Delicate" has been an established part of Swiftie lore since 2018.

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Not to mention the way that fans love to scream the bridge to Lover favorite “Cruel Summer” at the top of their voices.

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In fact, many have gone so far as to compare the audience participation at Taylor's Eras tour to the cult movie Rocky Horror Picture Show.

saw someone say the eras tour is slowly turning into the rocky horror picture show and i am just so glad someone else agrees because i have been thinking about that like non stop since i saw this video pic.twitter.com/62fpjeCggl

— kayleigh ☕️ (@132minutes) May 1, 2023

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And Taylor acknowledged this as she announced the Eras Tour film on her social media pages yesterday, actively encouraging her fans to sing and dance while at the theater and even referencing the "Delicate" in-joke.

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Emma Mcintyre / Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

Sharing the trailer with her followers, Taylor wrote in the caption: "The Eras Tour has been the most meaningful, electric experience of my life so far and I’m overjoyed to tell you that it’ll be coming to the big screen soon 😆 Starting Oct 13th you’ll be able to experience the concert film in theaters in North America! Tickets are on sale now."

She then added: "Eras attire, friendship bracelets, singing and dancing encouraged 🫶 1, 2, 3 LGB!!!! (iykyk)."

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And of course fans picked up on this immediately, with one person tweeting: "taylor literally told us to sing and dance like this is gonna be the best night ever and everyone else in that theater is gonna hate us!!!!"

taylor literally told us to sing and dance like this is gonna be the best night ever and everyone else in that theater is gonna hate us!!!! https://t.co/SzDZRhkefW

— lily (@livsmastermind) August 31, 2023

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Another added: "If anyone is sitting and just watching this I will personally be removing them from the theater to better the experience for us screamers thank you."

If anyone is sitting and just watching this I will personally be removing them from the theater to better the experience for us screamers thank you https://t.co/A5tGxpXJAC

— Talia saw Taylor on 5/19 💞 (@repfolkmore13) August 31, 2023

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One more wrote: "I really hope my theater is hype cause I’m ready to act like we’re at the actual show. Ima scream, and cry, summon the fucking demons."

I really hope my theater is hype cause I’m ready to act like we’re at the actual show. Ima scream, and cry, summon the fucking demons

— Autumn (taylors version) (@auttooowell) September 1, 2023

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But not everybody is on the same page, especially as movie theater etiquette has become an increasingly contentious subject in recent years.

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Taylor Hill / Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

While it can of course be agreed that the Eras concert film isn't the same as going to watch a regular movie at the theater, some have expressed their concern at fans being made to think that they can behave in the same way at the screening as they would at the actual concert.

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And many have admitted that they don’t even want to go and see the film if they won’t be able to hear Taylor over Swifties in the audience screaming.

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Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

One person wrote: "probably an unpopular opinion but i hope others in the theater i’m in for the eras tour film actually treat it like a movie & not a concert. i’m all for trading bracelets before it starts & even singing along but not at a volume where we can’t hear taylor & def no standing."

probably an unpopular opinion but i hope others in the theater i’m in for the eras tour film actually treat it like a movie & not a concert. i’m all for trading bracelets before it starts & even singing along but not at a volume where we can’t hear taylor & def no standing 😭

— parker ⎊ THE ERAS TOUR FILM N1 (@midnghtsvinyl) September 1, 2023

Twitter @midnghtsvinyl / Via Twitter: @midnghtsvinyl

Another tweeted: "idc what taylor said y’all can not be standing up and dancing or screaming the songs at the theater like?? you are normal regular civilian."

idc what taylor said y’all can not be standing up and dancing or screaming the songs at the theater like?? you are normal regular civilian

— sarah 💌✨ (@cardgamebets) September 1, 2023

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One more agreed: "sorry but im gonna be annoyed if ppl are gonna be singing in the theater like i wanna hear taylor not you."

sorry but im gonna be annoyed if ppl are gonna be singing in the theater like i wanna hear taylor not you pic.twitter.com/ZYIsE5snHs

— 💜 (@nejifolklore) September 1, 2023

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Someone else added: "so I want to see the Eras Tour in theaters but if it’s just going to be a bunch of people singing in a theater so loud I can’t hear Taylor then what’s even the point."

so I want to see the Eras Tour in theaters but if it’s just going to be a bunch of people singing in a theater so loud I can’t hear Taylor then what’s even the point

— Ethan 🩵🏙️🗽📷 (@ethan_wh_) August 31, 2023

Twitter @ethan_wh_ / Via Twitter: @ethan_wh_

While another wrote: "I am BEYOND happy that we're getting an eras movie but I kinda wish it was straight to streaming... I do not want to be in a movie theatre where I can't hear Taylor because everyone else there is singing and I can't see the screen because people are dancing."

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One more concluded: "I think Taylor said singing and dance encouraged bc she probably hasn’t been to a regular ass movie theatre in over a decade, like just gave permission for the worst behavior."

I think Taylor said singing and dance encouraged bc she probably hasn’t been to a regular ass movie theatre in over a decade, like just gave permission for the worst behavior

— ashley’s version ✨Eras Paris N1! (@cascadeoceanwav) August 31, 2023

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Others shared their concern for the staff working at the movie theaters, with one person retweeting somebody who defiantly wrote "hey, she said singing is ENCOURAGED" and adding: "Pls listen to whatever is requested of you by the employees at the theater you’re attending and not Taylor’s Instagram post."

Pls listen to whatever is requested of you by the employees at the theater you’re attending and not Taylor’s Instagram post https://t.co/XKhoV1jdFa

— 🕸Lizzy 🥀 LemonDrop🕸 (@lizzylemondrop) September 1, 2023

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So far, there is no information available about when the Eras Tour concert film will be released internationally, with fans across the globe expressing their disappointment to be missing out — in spite of the etiquette drama.

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Hector Vivas / Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

"I don’t understand why Taylor doesn’t make the eras movie worldwide🧍🏼‍♀️," one person wrote. "Like a lot of international fans don’t even get eras tour dates now they can’t even watch the movie?"

I don’t understand why Taylor doesn’t make the eras movie worldwide🧍🏼‍♀️like a lot of international fans don’t even get eras tour dates now they can’t even watch the movie?

— nora ☽ (@speaknownora) August 31, 2023

Twitter @speaknownora / Via Twitter: @speaknownora

While someone else joked: "what is joe biden's plan to bring the eras tour concert film to international cinemas?"

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