THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO ME pic.twitter.com/qIesyA3eWQ— xan 🌾 (@enemyfiIm) October 30, 2018
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:
rami malek when a fan asks for a video pic.twitter.com/nMMqeyXJ7u— 𝕙𝕒𝕚𝕝𝕤 ✰ (@malibunightz) October 30, 2018
Source, 2, 3
Have you ever had an awkward celebrity encounter, ONTD?