The final Boston Calling at City Hall Plaza was an eventful one, featuring everything from Prince covers to New England Patriots sightings. Not every artist received unanimous praise at the festival, though. Many attendees were critical of Robyn’s remix-only set, and one Sunday performer felt some backlash from one member of the crowd via Instagram.
Elle King, the Grammy-nominated singer famous for such hits as “Ex’s & Oh’s” and “America’s Sweetheart,” responded to an Instagram user who had commented on a photo of King, posted by a different user, on stage with a drink in her hand. The commenter had written, “[King] was wasted, and sounded terrible because of it. One of the only low points of an otherwise killer day.”
I have to be honest. I have some followers who know me from Ex’s&Oh’s and I also have some fans who have seen me go from empty bars to theaters. I am BLESSED beyond belief that I get to call this self expression of mine a career. Someone took this photo and a comment said “she was drunk and was the worst part of the day”. Do I drink? Yes. Hell yes. Was I wasted? No. I’ve always felt different from other people and felt such a disconnect with the social media aspect of what comes along with being a somewhat known musician. For a long time I saw Instagram and Twitter as a way for me to connect with my fans and interact with them. And listen, I’m not crying boo fuckin hoo over the mean shit people may write about me, because brother I’ll tell you what, I been called a HELL of a lot worse to my face. But it’s very sad and disheartening that our generation have become so comfortably judgmental. I am who I am. I will continue to be who I am, flaws and all. What I’m truly trying to express to anyone who cares is that I have worked really, really hard to get where I am, and I’ve done it without changing myself to fit anyone’s mold. Be it physically, musically, or mentally. I began writing this out of frustration, but as I finish, I’m reminded that there IS goodness in this world. There IS beauty and kindness and LOVE. I’ve fucked up so many times in my life and I’m going to fuck up time and time again. But I can and will always try harder, I can and will always get better, and I can and will always remain true to who I am. To my loving fans who accept me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If I can do this, so can you. Make room for goodness in your life and CHOOSE to live in light and love. Cool ? @jordancorey
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In response, King’s reposted the photo and a wrote out a lengthy caption in which she confronted her haters and thanked her loyal fans.
“I’ll tell you what, I been called a HELL of a lot worse to my face,” King wrote. “But it’s very sad and disheartening that our generation have become so comfortably judgmental.”
The original commenter was quick to apologize, and King’s post has already garnered more than 5,000 likes.