Comedian Amy Schumer says she is done with fan selfies – CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
When you see someone famous on the street, do you rush up to them?
Do you assume the position, phone in hand, shoulder next to the celebrity’s?
Do you even say: “Smile, oh famous person”?
Comedian and actress Amy Schumer would prefer it if you didn’t.
I know this because she took to Instagram to portray her version of an encounter on Saturday with a “fan” in Greenville, North Carolina.
“This guy in front of his family just ran up next to me scared the shit out of me,” she wrote. “Put a camera in my face.”
Such a scene surely happens to many a celebrity. However, Schumer claimed this man was not a charmer.
“I asked him to stop and he said, ‘no it’s America and we paid for you’ — this was in front of his daughter,” she said.
How glorious to think that when one goes to a movie, one actually buys the actors in the movie. I hadn’t been aware of this small print on my tickets.
Schumer wasn’t moved. She concluded: “Yes legally you are allowed to take a picture of me. But I was asking you to stop and saying no. I will not take picture [sic] with people anymore and it’s because of this dude in Greenville.”
But what of the man?
His name is Leslie Brewer and he told Fox Carolina: “She was just so rude. She cussed me out in front of my family.”
Schumer admits she suggested that what he’d allegedly said wasn’t a great example for his child. Brewer, though, has now taken to Instagram himself to post a video that shows Schumer asking him to delete his picture and him saying: “Sorry.”
I suspect there might have been more to this encounter than the snippets both have portrayed. I also suspect Brewer might appear on one or another of the invigorating morning TV shows on Monday.
After all, he captioned his video not with “sorry,” but with: “Amy schumer just got mad at me and cussed me out lmao!!! Awesome.”
Schumer’s ban might not be all-encompassing. She took to Twitter to explain: “I’ll still take pictures with nice people when I choose if Its a good time for that. But I don’t owe you anything. So don’t take if I say no.”
The deeper aspect of this is the notion that people should, can and do feel free to walk up to celebrities and demand a selfie.
Do we really own celebrities? Do we really deserve our own 15 seconds of fame if we happen to see them?
Or does a real fan keep their distance and just tell people about it? On Facebook or Instagram, naturally.