Amy Schumer Frightened By Intrusive Fan In South Carolina
Amy Schumer was frightened by an intrusive fan in South Carolina on Saturday.
The incident took place on the streets of Greenville, where Schumer had performed a stand-up show on Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, though, she took to Instagram to post a photo of a man smiling and giving the “thumbs up” sign. Despite his joyful appearance, the comedienne made clear it was not a happy encounter.
“This guy in front of his family just ran up next to me scared the sh*t out of me. Put a camera in my face. I asked him to stop and he said ‘no it’s America and we paid for you’ this was in front of his daughter,” Schumer wrote in the caption.
She went on, “I was saying stop and no. Great message to your kid. Yes legally you are allowed to take a picture of me. But I was asking you to stop and saying no. I will not take picture with people anymore and it’s because of this dude in Greenville.”
The situation sparked mixed reactions in the post’s comments section, with some followers being supportive and others questioning whether Schumer had overreacted. One individual wrote, “Don’t worry @amyschumer, not everyone in Greenville is an ass clown like this guy. Enjoy your stay!” Another said, “Boy some people suck! Very rude! It’s OK to be excited and want to take a pic with you but not like that. Especially when u asked him to stop. Assh*le!”
But a different person argued to another fan, “Approaching someone is not breaking the law. Also, you were not there and don’t know the context. Clearly if this guy was really threatening posting about it on Instagram would not have happened. I think she took it too far. I stand by that.” And a fellow follower commented to Schumer, “There are some very nice people who would love to get a picture with you, who are actual fans and you’re going to let this douche ruin your experience with them? Thought you were a little less touchy than this but ok.”
Ironically, not long before the before the run-in, Schumer had posted a video in which she calls Greenville “awesome.” See below.
UPDATE: About four hours later, Schumer tweeted, “Thanks for the kind words and support. I know there are bigger problems in the world. But this was not right.” And in an accompanying photo of a note typed on her phone, she added, “I’ll still take pictures with nice people when I choose to if Its [sic] a good time for that. But I don’t owe you anything. So don’t take if I say no.”