I don’t know what it’s like to be a celebrity. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be recognized everywhere you go, to have no privacy whatsoever, to have to dodge photographers while walking out of a restaurant after dinner one night. Put that way, it seems like a living hell. I mean sure, fame is something that a lot of people crave, and usually (but not always) there’s a lot of money involved in being famous, but often people trade things us normal folk take for granted (like not having reporters hanging outside the windows of your home) for said fame.
In day-to-day life, I’m sure that can get tiring. However, when you’re taking part in something like a charity celebrity golf tournament, you gotta expect that people are going to know who you are and want to speak to you… even if they’re not sure what to say (I got that way when I met Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip – even though it was my job to interview him, I was definitely starstruck). But there is a difference between being recognized and being harassed, and this video that’s gone viral shows that.
So here we are at a celebrity golf tournament. Certainly sure to attract golf fans and celebrity fans alike… And this dad, who brought his baby to a golf tournament. Weird choice, but I can see what he was trying to do here. Have a look:
First, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry walks by, fresh off winning his second NBA Championship. Dad chimes in trying to get Curry to hold his baby, and Curry walks by, paying no attention. Next up is former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who also passes by. Next up is Justin Timberlake, and dad thinks he finally has found someone to play along. Eventually the whole crowd chimes in, willing him to hold the baby until he finally does. It’s a nice moment, but you can clearly tell that if he had his way, he probably wouldn’t have done that. You can see his natural fatherly instincts take over as soon as he hold the kid… And you can see him totally reject a handshake. Whether it was on purpose or not, we may never know, but I wouldn’t blame him if it WAS on purpose.
I mean, just look at his face here…
Meanwhile, the whole time, the kid seems unaware of the awesome thing that’s happening to him at that very moment. It all worked out this time around, but I’m surprised it didn’t attract the attention of security working the event… Or maybe they showed up after the fact.
Anyway, if you’re trying to get the attention of a celebrity and they’re not interested in talking to you, don’t take it personally. They’re just people trying to go about their day, much like you and I. And sure, taking a minute out of their day can bring happiness to people, but it’s not their obligation to hold your kid for a photo (or video) op. I feel like he only caved because of the pressure from the crowd and knowing that he could look like a bad person if he didn’t go along with it… But I could be wrong.