If I could trust Google translate (or, for that matter, my own high school French), enough, I’d probably try to write this post in French, so as to not seem like the typical (?) envious co-fan in a different part of Europe.
…I’m pretty sure I’d be exposed as a fraud immediately, which I won’t even give it a go.
Anyway, being, quite possibly, THE no. 1 anti-media media addict, I found an article about how Ian Somerhalder (of The Vampire Diares fame – as if he needed an introduction) “had acted like a d*ick to his French fans” (who, by the way, had waited outside the hotel were Ian & Nikki were spending their honeymoon), who wanted nothing more than a photo op with their fave ‘sucker.
Ian, reportedly, went off on a “lecture” about how this was his (and wifey, Nikki’s,) day and even though he loves his fans, this wasn’t the time for pictures and signing etc.
This has since been – in my opinion – blown WAY out of proportion.
Let’s all try to be honest here, if it hadn’t been Ian, but Gaspard (no. 66 on the most popular names of French baby boys – I felt I wanted something that sounded “unmistakably” French, and Gaspard was one of the first I noticed, other than Baptiste, which I thought was a bit “on the nose” – don’t judge me!), who’d spent his anniversary at said hotel, and a complete stranger came up to him and asked him if he’d be willing to take a photo of the stranger with the Eiffel Tower on his head (I have very limited knowledge of France).
Gaspard might’ve said yes. It wouldn’t have taken him long and he and Élise (no. 48, French baby girls’ names), have been happily married for 25 years (and his eyes still glitters when he looks at her, and she still believes he would pick her the pretties star out of the sky if only he could) – only thing is, the tourist isn’t happy with the outcome of the photo. He should’ve been standing a bit more to the left, or maybe Gaspard should’ve. What if he, the tourist, moved three paces backwards? Or if Gaspard got down on his knee?
Eventually, even a good man, such as Gaspard, would start thinking that it’s taking up too much of his and Élise’s special day and politely tell the tourist that it is, in fact, their anniversary and they have a table book for 8pm.
A normal tourist would not take this as offense against his own person, but rather be grateful that Gaspard had, despite this fact, made an effort (such as I personally think Ian did, telling his fans that he loves them, but that this was his special day. That he’s there for his fans every other day of the year. That he probably would’ve taken pictures with his loyal fans, had it not been for the fact that he and his wife of only a little over a month, were there to enjoy each others’ company).
Ian and Nikki deserve the same amount of alone time, or time spent with each other, as much as anyone else. Even Hollywood’s sweetheart, Jennifer Lawrence, has said that she doesn’t like to be disturbed when she’s at a restaurant, eating.
I might be in a minority here, but I don’t think that just because someone’s famous, that it makes them overly accessible.