Nothing exciting ever happens in my town, or in towns near mine. That’s what happens when you’re from a small town. But, on October 19, 2019, something exciting finally happened two towns over from mine.
Jennifer Lawrence married Cooke Maroney in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Their wedding was at Belcourt Mansion, located on Bellevue Avenue, a road I spent all summer driving down, blasting One Direction songs and making memories with my best friend.
The reason this wedding was so exciting was the guest list. There were about 150 names, and some of the most popular celebrity names were there in attendance. These names included Adele, Kris Kardashian, Emma Stone, Nicole Richie, and Amy Schumer.
Now, the point of this article is not to discuss the wedding, as exciting as it is. The weekend of the wedding, Facebook groups for the island and every town erupted, everyone, trying to figure out where the celebrities were eating, staying, and enjoying their time. An interesting thing I saw was a comment to a post asking if people could post where they are seeing these celebrities. The response simply stated that no one should be posting the locations of these A-listers and that we should let them enjoy their time in Newport. They are here to relax and enjoy the wedding, not to be constantly harassed by fans.
This raises an interesting point and brought forth a lot of debate. Some agreed with this statement and kept their celeb sightings offline, but others were all too eager to post about it. Should people be posting about their celebrity sightings, and go on celebrity hunts to find their favorite stars? As much as I love being able to meet celebrities, I’ve met Hunter Hayes multiple times and this summer my best friend and I drove past the iconic Judge Judy, I believe there are a certain time and place for it.
I think that if you are at an event or concert or something where the opportunity is available to you to meet these celebrities, then go for it. They are prepared and ready to meet you and take pictures and talk to you.
If you are harassing stars at restaurants, their houses, or just out in public, I believe that is not ok. They are trying to live their life just like we are, it’s understood they are famous, but no one else would like it if someone ran up to them as they are trying to spend time with family and friends and started taking photos and yelling at them. Especially since this occasion was a wedding, the weekend was about the love and commitment of two individuals, not getting the best Kris Jenner doing average things photo.
Leave the celebrity stalking to sleepovers with your best friends or the Daily Mail on Snapchat, do not let it interrupt the lives of a few people who are just trying to enjoy their day.