Cannes Film Festival Thinks Your Red Carpet Selfies Are ‘Grotesque’
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival means business. And the famous film fest also means no selfies.
"We don't want to prohibit it, but we want to slow down the process of selfies on the steps," festival director Thierry Fremaux announced on Thursday, April 16 (quote via the Hollywood Reporter). "We think it's ridiculous and grotesque and really slows things down."
The director, who revealed the non-Instagram-friendly news while he announced the lineup of movies at this year's festival, also had this to say: "You never look as ugly as you do in a selfie." Well, someone clearly never followed the always-hold-the-camera-above-your-head rule. Or maybe he just accidentally opened his front-facing camera one too many times. We all feel the unnecessary-quadruple-chin pain from that angle.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, one notable film that will be screened at the festival is the highly anticipated documentary about Amy Winehouse, simply titled Amy, Fremaux announced on Thursday. Other noteworthy movies include The Little Prince (with Rachel McAdams, James Franco and Marion Cotillard voicing the main characters), Woody Allen's Irrational Man (starring Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix), and Pixar's Inside/Out.
And the Cannes Film Festival isn't the first fest to crack down on selfies. Recently, music fests Coachella and Lollapalooza banned selfie sticks — though we can kind of see (ha) how those could be a nuisance and obscure fans' visions at shows. Selfies at Cannes — especially from the actors, actresses and directors themselves — somehow seem a lot more harmless.
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