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The Eras Tour movie etiquette

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Maggie Cannon
Behavioral expectations for the Eras Tour movie.

I attended one of the first Eras Tour shows earlier this year and it was the best night of my life. Since then, I’ve battled a severe case of post-concert depression, so when I heard that there was an Eras Tour movie coming out, I was ecstatic. My friends and I dressed up, made friendship bracelets… and carried the whole theater. When I tell you our fellow movie-watchers were so lame during Lover, the opening era… I was incredibly disappointed. The hype leading up to the movie on social media was not fulfilled that evening. All those TikToks of Swifties dancing around the theater and singing as loud as they could went from reality back to an unfulfilled dream. This isn’t what Taylor wanted. It took the entire Lover era for most of the theater to rise to our level, and even then there were still some people who must’ve not heard Greg Marcus’ message of encouragement before the show. So, I narrowed down the top three expectations I have of anyone going to the Eras Tour movie.

  • Don’t be afraid to sing and dance

I’ll give it to y’all, some people did seem like they wanted to stand up and sing and dance without a care in the world, but were afraid of being judged by others. I’m telling you, don’t be! My friends and I were standing for the entirety of the movie and did not stop singing or dancing for a moment. Especially if you didn’t get tickets to the actual tour, take this opportunity to immerse yourself in each era. Even if you don’t want to stand for the whole three hours (which is understandable), don’t be afraid to move around in your seat. If Taylor Swift can sing and dance at her own movie, you can too.

  • Appreciate the movie

If you’re sitting through a three hour long Eras Tour movie, you should have enough energy to appreciate the talent that went into it. If you were bored or you thought you were going to fall asleep, don’t bother coming. You just took a ticket from someone who wanted to go, which is ungrateful and inconsiderate. Even if you’re insistent on not enjoying yourself, it’s still possible to admit that the work that went into the movie is impressive. The cinematography and special effects are enough to keep you hooked, not to mention the incredible music, costumes, choreography and stage presence that leave you with a sweet feeling of bliss.

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  • Don’t judge other people for having fun

Taylor Swift once said, “The worst kind of person is someone who makes someone feel bad, dumb or stupid for being excited about something.” I noticed that those of us who were standing up and enjoying ourselves got quite a few dirty looks from the people behind us. We weren’t blocking their view or inconveniencing them, they just were annoyed that we were so into the movie. If you truly want to go to the movie and sit and not be surrounded by singing, maybe wait to see it instead of going on opening weekend? Just an idea.

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It’s impossible to have a valid argument against the fact that the Eras Tour movie was spectacularly produced. Of course I’m biased, I am a huge Taylor Swift fan after all, but when I told a non-Swiftie friend of mine the disappointing vibe in my theater, even she said that she would be into it because of how incredible the production is. Even if Taylor Swift isn’t your biggest thing or you don’t feel like making the most out of the movie, please have some respect for the work that went into the show and those enjoying it in the seats around you.

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She/Her Hobbies and Interests: dance, writing & spending time with friends and family Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing Favorite Quote: “May your heart remain breakable, but never by the same hand twice.” -Taylor Swift
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She/Her Hobbies and Interests: music, dance, flute Favorite movie: Grease Favorite Quote: “Don’t wish for it, work for it.”
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