Dear public, stop being a$$holes.
Cool, you saw Amy Schumer in the street. Yes, she is one of the most prominent figures in the public eye today and it seems like a great idea to immortalize yourself in a photo with her. But heed this, there is a way to go about doing it. No one likes being snuck up on. Most people don’t prefer to have there photo taken when they aren’t aware of it, aren’t ready for it, and aren’t expecting it.
Ask yourself how many times you’ve taken the same selfie over and over just to get it right. But when you get caught doing this in public, you are embarrassed. Yet you are about to share it with the entire world on the internet forever. Doesn’t make any sense. Neither does running up to someone and snapping a photo of them or shooting a video all willy-nilly. Here’s a suggestion, assess the situation, ask yourself if it would even be appropriate. If you’ve come to the educated conclusion that it would be, ask politely. And know this, you may not get the answer you want. And that’s fine. Your friends will believe you that you had an encounter with said person if you’re not a liar, jackass, or bullshitter without a photo.
Let’s let the case of Leslie Brewer be an example for us all. Brewer, the man responsible for comedian Amy Schumer’s recent statement:
This guy in front of his family just ran up next to me scared the sh*t out of me. Put a camera in my face. I asked him to stop and he said “no it’s America and we paid for you” this was in front of his daughter. I was saying stop and no. Great message to your kid. 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 with people anymore and it’s because of this dude in Greenville.
She later tweeted:
Thanks for the kind words and support. I know there are bigger problems in the world. But this was not right pic.twitter.com/8fqoIm7sHC
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) April 30, 2016
Brewer later responded saying that “I did it in a non-threatening way. She says I got all up in her face, and it was completely different from the video.”
The Instagram video can be seen here with Brewer’s caption reading, “Amy schumer just got mad at me and cussed me out lmao!!! Awesome.” That kind of says it all. You can see that Schumer respectfully and kindly asks him to delete the video. Not to mention, wearing a hat, sunglasses, and exercise clothes is a pretty obvious hint someone is “busy”. Probably not the best time to hit them up for something. (See above “assess” suggestion)
No matter what you make of the Schumer/Brewer situation, here’s what you should take from all of this:
If it seems like a questionable move, it is, so don’t do it. Show respect and who knows, maybe you’ll get that all important photo you are seeking that will prove to the world that the picture actually happened. Don’t be “that guy”. You never want to be “that guy”.