The Artist Formerly Known As Prince Shaded Me, And I Liked It

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Monday mornings typically start with me rolling over and banging my bald head on my cell phone, then checking one or two emails. Last Monday morning, I received a startling email from Instagram. The subject line said, Warning. I almost peed on myself.


We’ve removed or disabled access to something you posted on Instagram because a third party reported that it infringes their intellectual property rights.

We strongly encourage you to review other content you’ve posted to Instagram to make sure that it isn’t in violation of our Terms of Use. Accounts that repeatedly infringe our Terms may be deactivated.”

I responded immediately, but of course, the email bounced back.

In my head, I browsed through my Instagram feed and took note of all the copyrighted images. Almost every other person that I follow has a copyrighted picture of a celebrity, a company logo, or Kermit the frog sipping tea. On my Instagram, about 99.9% of the pictures and videos that I post I have personally taken. Then, I remembered the day before I went to Janelle Monae’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I had posted pictures and video from the concert, which was amazing. I developed a new level of respect for the uniformed artist. Did Janelle report me to Instagram I thought? Then, I thought about the several hundred Janelle Monae concert videos I have watched on YouTube. Song lyrics came to me:

Let’s go crazy, let’s get nuts
Look for the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go

Midway through the show, Janelle performed “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince, and I went crazy – dancing and singing along. Who isn’t a Prince fan? I recorded 15 seconds of the performance. And without thinking about it, I posted the video clip to Instagram. Prince or, more likely, someone in his camp had reported me to Instagram. At first, I was angry and then I asked myself, what would I do if I was Prince? I don’t know if I would have a 15 second video clip of another artist covering my song deleted, but I wouldn’t go crazy.

Check out more crazy pictures from the concert at my Instagram, WriterVicYates, and also visit and subscribe to my YouTube Channel, WriterVictorYates.

Read more: Prince – Lets Go Crazy Lyrics | MetroLyrics

[Photo via Rebecca Smeyne]


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