Justin Bieber Would Rather Talk to Fans than Take Selfies with Them
Justin Bieber posted a Snapchat video while on tour promoting his new single in which he muses about what it's like to meet fans who have likely traveled great distances, paid lots of money, and stood on line for hours only to.. ask him for a selfie.
The Biebs, in his riveting and ~deep~ post, had this to say:
“Honestly I’d rather stand there and talk to you for five minutes and not take any photos… just have that moment without the chaos. It’s like, why did you travel to see me in the first place, was it really to see me or was it to get that moment of you seeing me so you could tell people about it?”
This leads me to ask the only question that matters: if you met Justin Bieber and didn't get a photo, did you really meet Justin Bieber?
He also said that there are times he maybe DOESN'T want to take a photo because he's, ya know, a human being. There are plenty of times I wouldn't want to take a photo (actually, that's most times if we're being honest) with someone.
“If I’m walking somewhere or arriving somewhere and you guys are asking me to take a photo, if I don’t respond, if I continue to keep walking, the likelihood is that I probably don’t want to take a photo at that moment. If you start screaming louder that’s not going to make me want to take a photo more.”
I'm torn on how I feel about this. On the one hand, it used to be that meeting a celebrity entailed an autograph and a nice conversation (do people get autographs anymore?) and the great story to tell afterwards. I generally hate the fact that selfies have taken over basic human interaction — it's like, if you see something, eat something, wear something, experience something and don't take a photo, did it really happen? On the other hand, it's really cool to be able to have a photo with someone you admire as a lasting memory.
But it's hard and I'm the first to admit I do it, too. It's hard to go to a concert and NOT take video of your favorite song, even though the entire concert will be up on YouTube tomorrow anyway. I have been turned down by celebs I admired (I won't name names, but they're the most famous twins in the world.. yes I'm a nerd..) when I calmly and politely approached them on an NYC street to let them know I was a huge fan, and it stung. They were pretty unfriendly, and now THAT'S the story I get to tell when people ask me.
There's a thin line between wanting to savor that moment and have a keepsake of it and just wanting bragging rights from all of your social media acquaintances. The PSA here is that celebrities are normal people, too, you guys. Even if they became a huge sensation thanks to a YouTube video and a dream.
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