Stars react to Cannes Film Festival's selfie ban

Amy Poehler, Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Karlie Kloss, Rachel Weisz and more weigh in on the red carpet restriction

By Andrea Tim | Published: 25 May 2015

Video: The Hollywood Reporter

Personally, we think the Cannes Film Festival's unofficial selfie ban isn't as outrageous as their shoe dress code because in all honesty, we're tired of selfies too. And it seems a number of celebrities out there feel the same, if this vid of A-lister interviews by The Hollywood Reporter is any indication.

"Take my own picture? Why would I do that?" asks a puzzled Rachel Weisz. "To me it's really, really bizarre."

Amy Poehler also thinks the obsession with selfies is strange. "It is amazing how much people like their own faces these days and how much they like to show it," she says.

Salma Hayek admits that she sucks at taking selfies, adding that "I think there is a time for everything. [The red carpet is] a magical, special place and it's important to be present. And it's important that it's exclusive."

While model Karlie Kloss is glad she is equipped with a built-in 3-foot selfie stick – her arm – she agrees with the ban. "I think you don't need to have a selfie on the red carpet. There's plenty of other photographers out there."

The Lobster star Colin Farrell, who doesn't like posing in photos to begin with, prefers candid shots and thinks that set-up photos are "just capturing the effort to lean into the capturing."

In April, Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux criticised selfie culture, calling it "ridiculous and grotesque."

"You never look as ugly as you do in a selfie," he said. "We don't want to prohibit it, but we want to slow down the process of selfies on the steps."

He doesn't even need to say s'il vous plait for us to agree. And he does have good reason – stopping to take a selfie delays the red carpet traffic flow, making guests late for film screenings. Being considerate is as important as being glamorous on the Cannes red carpet.

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