Yup. "Interesting" is a nice way to put it, you could use less kind words to describe their inconsistent attitude towards audience participation. Though i guess you could also say that everything depends on the voluntary vs "forced" aspect of the participation. Even then it's still true that they depend upon people wanting to exactly what they say they fear so much - participate.
I don't believe you can ever really be "forced" to participate in a show, what they're talking about is the subjective degree by which people would feel pressured to participate as an audience. You can be called out, but nobody can make you walk up that stage or respond to any sort of question. So I don't think that "Forced" is the right word for what they are describing. Pressured seems more accurate.
If you do a show, you can't really tailor it to the people who don't like to be asked to say something, or get on stage. After all plenty of people would just enjoy audience participation and maybe even expect it, and you can't read on someone's face whether they'd to participate or not (stage lights are blinding and you can barely see a face to start with ).
Hm. I'm not sure but weren't D&P going to work with this note notes system where everybody, upon entering the venue, could indicate if they wanted to participate or not? That's a great system and I think it's a good move on their part considering how many people in the fandom have very strong feelings on 'forced' audience participation. It's pretty rare though to do something like that. I've never encountered any kind of system like it in any show I've been to. I think it's one of those funny quirks that make a D&P tour a D&P tour
Tbh watching that clip I don't believe anymore that they themselves are scared of audience participation. Maybe in the past they were, but It is hard for me to take them seriously and believe that they would have such strong negative feelings about it. They are now doing a second world wide tour where they are on the planks, constantly engaging with an audience, doing meet and greets with hundreds of strangers etc... They are putting themselves out there.
So It would be odd to me that they would still feel that strongly about audience participation. I think whatever anxious feeling they may have had about it before, they must have conquered that. What they are doing by performing before thousands of people, months on end is much more confronting and intense.