Jason Schwartzman at central square records in seaside fl
A PLEA TO TUMBLR: Please don’t post these pictures. Jason Schwartzman is out at a record store, shopping and trying to be a normal person, and someone is taking his picture like he’s an animal in a zoo.
I’m sure this seems like a weird thing to care about, but having been on the receiving end of photographs like this, it sucks. As actors and entertainers, we’re expected to be “on” a certain amount of the time, and when we’re just out living our lives is not that time. It may not seem invasive to take pictures like this, but it is. Imagine how you would feel if you had to deal with people taking pictures of you everywhere you went, if you had to consider everything you did, because it could end up on the internet.
When you post pictures like this, it just encourages people to take them, so I’m asking you to stop. There are plenty of times when it’s entirely appropriate to take pictures of the artists you like for one reason or another, so I’m asking you to give them a break the rest of the time.
Generally I agree and respect the things Wil Wheaton writes about his profession….but as a someone who is both a massive fan of many celebrities, and who lacks the funds/proximity to see them, I get this photo.
And yes, whoever photographed should have definitely asked to take a photo before both taking it and posting it, but:
Most of us, no matter how devoted a fan we are, no matter how much money and time we put into supporting entertainers, are never going to get to meet them. If we do meet them, it will be for a millisecond, and there’s a solid chance we’ll pay a fair amount of money for that millisecond, and invest a great deal of time into getting it. Having moved to a big city, it’s sadly frequent for me to see somebody I think I know, get slightly nervous and excited, only to be disappointed.
I get that you aren’t animals in a zoo (although poor zoo animals) and you have personal lives, but I actively support you and your lifestyle, and sharing a photo I’d hypothetically snap of you with my friends doesn’t seem like that massive of an infringement. And in defense of not asking before taking the photo- we follow your lives, invest in your characters - it’s pretty damn intimidating to approach someone you love who has absolutely no idea who you are, and probably no interest in learning. Not to mention that if someone seems to be enjoying their private time, you probably feel obligated not to actively infringe on it, now matter how much you want to, and so pictures like this are what happens. Furthermore, tbh, in this day and age, everyone has to consider everything they do because it might end up on the internet, that for better or worse, is not a problem reserved for celebrities.
Anyway, I understand that lack of privacy must suck, and people don’t necessarily want that trade-off just because they choose to spend their life acting, but the damage this photograph causes compared to the joy it could cause - is the inconvenience really that unbearable?