This is why you should stop asking celebs to perform when they attend your events as guests

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Lebo Mashile says she dreads attending events because sometimes people ask her to perform even though she was an invited guest.
Lebo Mashile says she dreads attending events because sometimes people ask her to perform even though she was an invited guest.
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So you're a guest at an event, and one of the other guests is a celebrity, a singer or comedian and they're asked to perform, cool right? No, not cool.

If they're attending an event as guest, artists don't want to be called upon to perform, for free. In fact, they feel like it's exploitative of their livelihoods.

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Musician Moonchild tells Drum people abuse their access to them by asking for impromptu performances. 

"People who do that are not friends. If you were really my friend you would not put me in an awkward position. If I go to the event as a guest, I expect to sit there like anyone else not to be asked to perform. 

"If you do that to me, you'll never see me again. If you needed me to perform, you could have asked me and we would have made an arrangement. But choosing a route to put me in a corner is not the way to go about it," she says. 

Writer and poet, Lebo Mashile took to social media to share her sentiments, saying expecting them to perform for free is disrespectful. 

Other artists, including Khaya Mthethwa, joined in and agreed. 

In 2019, members of parliament hackled award winning singer Ringo Madlingozi, who is also an MP. 

They called on him to "fill the gap" between matters being discussed. Minister Gwede Mantashe could even be heard saying "cula Ringo". 

Etiquette when seeing your favorite stars is also not limited to happy events, Moonchild says people also ask for pictures at the most awkward of times.

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"Recently, at my sister's funeral someone did a video call with someone who was not at the funeral, for me to talk to them.

"This was at the graveyard when the coffin was going down. It was so inappropriate."

Actress Nandi Nyembe told Move! magazine that a fan asked for a picture as she walked beside the body of a loved one, escorting it from the hospital mortuary to the car of a private parlour. 

"It was like they just saw a picture opportunity, and not a person grieving the loss of someone they held dear to them. It was a heartbreaking moment I'll never forget," she said at the time.

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