Rami Malek's Awkward Encounter With a Fan Goes Viral On Twitter

A fan recently shared a video of their mildly uncomfortable encounter with actor Rami Malek, star of Mr. Robot and the forthcoming Bohemian Rhapsody film, and Twitter was quick to respond with their many opinions on How Celebrities Should Behave With Fans.

In the short video, the fan starts filming, holds up the camera in selfie mode and then asks Rami: "Can you say hi to my friends?"

He quickly rebuffs them with: "No, but we can take a picture, is that alright?"
The fan apologies immediately and I assume they don't take a photo, just this awkward footage. Twitter opinions were quick to come in, including some who bashed Rami for refusing the shout-out and being "rude", while just as many people rushed to defend him and how he'd handled the situation with kindness and healthy boundary-setting.

Rami did respond via Vanity Fair, saying: "I finally brought myself to watch it. I thought, ‘Oh, that’s not that bad. I don’t find myself offensive...I am happy to take photos with anyone. I just want to be aware of what people are doing in the moment. When someone films you automatically, it’s a bit intrusive.”

It did, however, lead to some great responses/memes such as:

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Have you ever had an awkward celebrity encounter, ONTD?