I have only asked for a picture with a famous person once in my life. It was with Weird Al Yankovic, and by the way I was acting, you’d think I was asking him for a kidney or something; just lots of apologizing and embarrassment (and also severe anxiety from trying not to shit my pants). Thankfully, he didn’t mind. But some celebrities aren’t so psyched when you put a camera in their face and ask for a selfie, and they’re especially not into it if they say no and you do it anyway. For example, if you see Amy Schumer on the street and wonder what face she’ll make if you were to pull out your iPhone, that “Not into your shit” look above might be a pretty good indication.
On Saturday, Amy announced on Instagram that she wasn’t going to take pictures with strangers anymore after she says she was ambushed by a fan on the street in Greenville, SC. According to Amy, she really didn’t want the fan to take her picture. But that fan wanted a picture so badly that even after she told him she wasn’t feeling it, he still kept on, kept on. That got Amy all kinds of angry. So shortly after it all happened, Amy did what Amy does when someone has pissed her off: she slapped at him on Instagram.
This guy in front of his family just ran up next to me scared the shit 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.
“No it’s America and we paid for you” sounds like a failed Donald Trump presidential campaign slogan. Amy eventually realized she might have been a little dramatic with the “NO MORE PICTURES” thing, and she Instagrammed and Tweeted a couple clarifications.
She added: “Thanks for the kind words and support. I know there are bigger problems in the world. But this was not right.” This is a tough one. On the one hand, there is nothing more rage-making than getting your picture taken when you absolutely do not want your picture taken. See: anyone after a huge gross meal in a restaurant with shit lighting by a person taking the picture from whatever angle makes you look like a slug from Slither.
On the other hand, there are famous people out there who would love nothing more than for a stranger to stop and ask them to pose for a picture. It’s obvious what Amy should do here: hire camera-lover Bai Ling to follow her around and take pictures with fans when she doesn’t feel like doing it herself. Plus, who wouldn’t want a photo with Bai Ling? It’s a win-win-win for everyone involved!