The 2018 Cannes Film Festival will be a little less fun this year, thanks to executives hating on selfies.
Neither celebs nor festival-goers will be allowed to take selfies on the red carpet and if they do anyway, they won’t be allowed inside to watch the film, The AP reports. The site relays some very harsh words from Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux, who explained that he feels selfies are “not beautiful,” “grotesque,” and “ridiculous,” before adding “We want to restore a bit of decency.”
Fremaux also reportedly commented that things start to get “disorganized,” at which point the program “runs late.” This is the same guy who banned Netflix movies from competing at Cannes because the streaming service doesn’t release its films in theaters.
Here’s how Fremaux explained the selfie ban to Variety:
“We haven’t thought out in practical terms how to carry out this new measure. Since we are not policemen, we will trust attendees and their understanding of the situation: Selfies on the red carpet, in a continuous and touristy way, are ridiculous. It tarnishes the quality and tempo of the ascending the steps. Some are protesting and commenting negatively but selfies didn’t exist 10 years ago, it’s obviously not the most important thing in the world. We go to Cannes to see movies, not to take selfies. My work and my team’s work is to preserve the prestige of the most important film festival in the world and when we’re standing on top of the stairs, we can see the vulgarity and the grotesque aspect of those taking selfies on the red carpet and that’s when it becomes a vast mess.”
I hate to be the one to say it, but Fremaux’s comments are an obvious sign that he’s losing touch. There has to be a creative way to allow selfies on to the premises without ruining the entire Cannes itinerary. Also, isn’t it most important that festival-goers have a good time and great experience? Going so far as to ban selfies, and Netflix for that matter, sounds like the exact opposite of fun—at least to me. And why, for the life of me, is he so obsessed with what was going on 10 years ago? Is it this serious?
RED CARPET RECAP: All The Looks You Need To See From The 2016 Cannes Film Festival
1. Katy Perry also wore Marchesa to amfAR.Source:Getty 1 of 17
2. Inside the event, rumored couple Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry went to great lengths to avoid being photographed together 👀Source:Getty 2 of 17
3. Heidi Klum opted for a splash of added color to her yellow gown with an aqua statement necklace at the amfAR Gala.Source:Getty 3 of 17
4. Chris Tucker suited up in a white tuxedo.Source:Getty 4 of 17
5. Designer Olivier Rousteing arrived in Balmain, duh.Source:Getty 5 of 17
6. This look was everything: Kendall Jenner in Versace at the Magnum event.Source:Getty 6 of 17
7. Blake Lively embraced her growing baby bump in a blue Versace gown reportedly inspired by a Disney princess.Source:Splash News 7 of 17
8. Kim Kardashian's snapback game is too strong. She posed in a gown by Lanyu Couture.Source:Splash News 8 of 17
9. Spotted with Kendall, Scott Disick is also in Cannes for the film festival.Source:Splash News 9 of 17
10. Chanel Iman was a golden goddess in August Getty Atelier on the black carpet.Source:Splash News 10 of 17
11. Bella Hadid wore a fringed top and matching pantsuit set.Source:Splash News 11 of 17
12. Kris Jenner posed alongside Kim Kardashian in a white gown with sparkling detail by Alexander McQueen.Source:Splash News 12 of 17
13. Slaaaayyyy, Kendall! She wore a sheer gown by Cavalli Couture.Source:Splash News 13 of 17
14. Eva Longoria flashed a smile at the Global Gift Gala.Source:Splash News 14 of 17
15. Bella Hadid turned all the heads in a thigh-high slit gown by Alexandre Vauthier.Source:Getty 15 of 17
16. Eva Longoria wore a strapless black gown by Pamella Roland to the "Money Monster" premiere.Source:Splash News 16 of 17
17. Ryan Gosling suited up for the premiere of "The Nice Guys."Source:Splash News 17 of 17