New Ban On Red Carpet Selfies

The Director of the Cannes Film Festival has just announced a ban on selfies on the red carpet, and he wasn’t nice about it either.

By nowproducerdave on March 23, 2018
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They’ve been all the range, probably since the debut of the front-facing camera on smartphones – selfies. And when you’re around celebrities, what do you try to do? Grab a selfie with the stars, of course. But the director of a film festival is banning red carpet selfies totally.

The red carpet we’re referring to is the one for the Cannes Film Festival in France. Thierry Fremaux is the director of the festival, and he’s also banning early screenings for media and film critics. The theory is that when the critics get in to the movies earlier in the day, their reviews often sway the attendance to that film of viewers later in the day. If a critic says a film is terrible, people don’t go to that theater later. He wants critics to see the movies at the same time as everyone else – in the evening with a crowd.

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Now for the red carpet selfies – Thierry says that selfies take away from “the red carpet experience,” and basically that they’re a nuisance. “On the red carpet, the trivial aspect and the slowing down provoked by the disorder which these selfies create tarnishes the quality of [the red carpet experience] and of the festival as a whole,” he says. That is seriously the best possible way anyone could ever say the phrase “selfies are annoying.” Taking pictures in general with a phone seems to be ok, it’s just selfies that are getting the boot. Do you think it’s fair to say that selfies take away from the experience, or are the self-photos just something that is a part of society these days? Check out more on the selfie ban and the film festival here.

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