Packing for Cannes? Be sure to leave your selfie-stick and your Inspector Gadget telescoping arm at home. The Associated Press reports that selfies are the latest unforgivably gauche hallmark of the modern age to be banned from the red carpet at The Cannes Film Festival.
A festival official named Thierry Fremaux (Top Secret code name “Latrine”) says the selfie ban was made for both logistical and aesthetic reasons. According to AP:
When festival-goers take selfies as they climb the carpeted stairs to the French Riviera venue, he said everything becomes “disorganized” and the program “runs late.”
But as guardian of one of the world’s most glamorous cultural events, Fremaux also has aesthetic concerns: “It’s not beautiful. It’s grotesque. It’s ridiculous …. We want to restore a bit of decency.”
Jeez, it’s like this guy is looking into my soul with those comments. Fremmy (I’m sure he won’t mind if I call him that, Fremmy seems super caz) says that violators of the no selfie rule will be barred from entering any screenings. Banning selfies from the red carpet, but not phones, is going to be a challenge to enforce. It’s easy to sneak a selfie. That’s how I got a picture of Mikhail Baryshnikov eating dinner in a vegetarian restaurant in Zurich that one time.
Good to see the refined folks at Cannes have got their priorities straight.