I’ve long told the fellow autograph collectors, that the worst thing for the hobby is the fact that everyone has a camera on their phone. Instead of famous people being asked to sign a few autographs when they’re recognized, they now have to stand around taking selfies with everyone, and deal with half of those people trying to figure out how to operate their own phone.
A perfect example was all over the news the other day, as comedian Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck), had a run in with somebody that wanted a photo. It didn’t go well. And that’s a shame, because Schumer has always been a great autograph signer.
A guy named Leslie Brewer, who was with his family, ran up to her and as she said, “Scared the sh** 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 pictures with people anymore and it’s because of this dude in Greenville.”
After she got some bad PR for that statement, she said that she would still take photos. Hopefully, she’ll still sign autographs.
But it’s a great reminder for EVERYONE -- try being nicer during these meetings. Celebs don’t want to be bothered at a restaurant with their family. They don’t want you barging in on them in the bathroom (Julia Roberts told a story about her first autograph, after the movie Mystic Pizza, being a piece of paper slipped underneath a stall door).