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Imagine having cameras in your face 24/7. I mean, I know I don’t like my friends constantly putting me on snapchat. We’re not always in the best mood for fun and games or maybe one day we’re just feeling a little chunky. Celebrities get it from the paparazzi enough, always trying to catch the latest news and sell it for top dollar and 10 minutes of media fame, but fans are constantly adding to the stress by asking for a photo in the most inappropriate times.
Getting off the plane? Can you spare a sec for a pic?
Grocery shopping at the local Whole Foods? Make sure you catch this one!
Using the restroom at an average restaurant? Hopefully the toilet doesn’t make the frame!
“I’m done taking pictures,” says the 22-year-old pop heartthrob. ”I feel like a zoo animal.” Yes Justin, we actually understand. Many fans and followers were upset my Justin’s remarks but we totally get the circumstances. Granted, it could have been put a little more politely rather than the ‘you got what you paid for when you bought my album and that’s it,’ but we as true fans do need to respect the artist's wishes. Sometimes it’s just inappropriate, invading, and inconvenient. We don’t care that your friends back home won’t believe you just met THE Justin Bieber because you didn’t get a selfie. My mom met Zeppelin and doesn’t have a photo to prove it, but that doesn’t make it any less cool.
Celebrities knew these weird things would happen when they sought out to be famous- but they still have very real emotions and opinions. It’s probably been your lowkey dream for this person to know you, and trust us when we say you don’t want them to know you for the wrong reasons. The golden rule is most applicable when meeting people of a higher status so just try to think of how you would feel being constantly suffocated with camera phones and Nikons. It’s probably not very desirable once it becomes too persistent.
As a media company, we at Unseasoned often get to come face-to-face with some of our favorite artists and have nearly died trying our hardest not to utter that 5 worded question: ”Can we take a pic?” Since we have become pros at choking down those chill pills, we would like to offer you some more respectable alternatives to the five most cliche things said to celebrities so that if you do see Justin (or any celebrity) in an airport, a grocery store, or a restaurant (or any casual setting for that matter) you can stay calm and respect the natural human boundaries.
What you want to say: “It’s Justin Bieber! HIIIIIII- Can I have a hug?!”
Alarming. You just caught them off guard on their day off and probably just created a scene, making this one brief encounter a twenty minute and seven fangirls affair. This is the absolute worst foot to get off on. Yes, most celebrities will be nice but most celebrities will also not want to stick around to hear your few sentences of appreciation after this. You wouldn’t hug someone you just met in the grocery store so you shouldn’t overstep this boundary right off the bat with a celebrity either.
What you should stick to: “Hey there! I’m ______, it’s nice to meet you so unexpectedly.”
Asking for a hug or a handshake is awkward. Don’t ask- just do it. Just like meeting your neighbor for the first time, a hand extension is an appropriate and warming gesture for casual introductions that is hardly ever denied. The self intro lets them know you know who they are but is calm enough to gain the mutual respect up front.
What you want to say: “I love you.”
Most often said by girls ages 12-16 to really cute male celebrities. When you’re 12 saying this to a Jonas Brother it’s a little cute, but when you’re 22 saying it to your favorite lyricist in a casual setting it’s a little weird.
What you should stick to: “You’re pretty rad.”
The ILY words are a little strong for someone you don’t know personally but the “rad” colloquialism pretty much conveys the cute little crush you have on their looks.
What you want to say: “Your lyrics saved my life.”
Very intense for someone you don’t literally know and may have recorded the lyrics from an outside writer via a record label. Also remember that not all musicians create songs because their hearts are speaking these words but because it’s the kind of thing the fans want to hear or it fits the theme of their new album.
What you should stick to: “I really respect your work.”
Calmly letting them know you respect them will actually make them have a little respect for you too. It lets them know you actually listen and connect but you’re not jumping down their throats to try to become one with theirs.
What you want to say: “I’ve been there since day 1.”
I’m glad you knew them since the 1st grade when they performed for the school talent show, but if you don’t and didn’t... just avoid this blurt.
What you should stick to: “I’ve been following you for a while and am excited to see things only go up from here.”
This one is a little longer for the five second quick chat but if you get around to it, just trust us on this one. The statement is very genuine and will make the artist feel much more respected than idolized- idolized is not a very fun pedestal to be put on.
What you want to say: “Can I have a hug?”
We said it before but there’s the intro “omg it’s Justin Bieber, can I huge you?” kind of spur of the moment greeting hug, and the “I’m so glad I met you can I have a hug?” kind of farewell hug. No matter who it is, they’re simply not going to say no so there’s really no point in asking the awkward fangirl and big-face-cheesin' question.
What you should stick to: “I know you’re probably really busy so I’ll let you go now. Good luck in the future!”
If you’re going to go for the hug, just do it like Nike. Don’t hesitate because they probably know it’s coming. The statement is reassuring but not too freaky and the hug should flow naturally rather than being jumpy.
When you have a quick interaction with a celebrity, they more than likely won’t remember it down the road but for the time being you don’t want their impression of you to be suffocating, creepy, or loud. Just appreciate that you got those five seconds and hopefully you take our advice!
photos of Bieber meeting fans after shows.
written by Rebecca Reece- fully copyrighted.
photos from @JustinBieber on Instagram.