It’s a truism that if you’re a celebrity, there are people who will think you’ve waived your right to privacy. It’s a sentiment any woman would recognize, as the general population also often feels that being female in public is giving up your personal privacy. As both a famous person and a female, Amy Schumer is well aware of how people feel they have rights to her body and image — she’s written some pretty searing sketches to that effect. Today that point was brought home by a pushy man in South Carolina who felt she owed him a photo.
Schumer was in Greenville, South Carolina, to perform a show on Friday night. Today, she posted an Instagram of a man, noting that while out around Greenville today, he ran up to her and demanded she let him take a picture, and despite her protests, shoved a camera in her face. “I asked him to stop and he said, ‘No it’s America and we paid for you,’” she wrote in her Instagram caption. She went on to explain, “I was saying stop and no. Great message to [send] your kid. Yes, legally you are allowed to take a picture of me. But I was asking you to stop and saying no.”
She finished the caption by noting, “I will not take pictures with people anymore and it’s because of this dude in Greenville.” The unnamed man in the photo is grinning widely and giving a thumbs up, seemingly completely unaware (or blithely contemptuous of the fact) that he’s violated the personal space of a stranger on the street. Schumer followed up with a note on Twitter that expands on future picture requests, noting, “I’ll still take pictures with nice people when I choose to if its a good time for that. But I don’t owe you anything.”