The glow at the Washington Hilton is expected to be a bit dimmer this year. That's because, according to several reports, fewer stars are attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner this time around, complaining they've been "pawed at" too much by politicos acting like a bunch of kids.
"A lot of the people who have gone say they'll never do it again," an anonymous source told The Hollywood Reporter. "The room is so crowded. It's uncontrolled. There's no limit to the number of people trying to get photos and autographs — and there's no way to hide from it. It's like the stars are animals in a cage. People go crazy when they see them. They act like a bunch of kids at the Kids' Choice Awards."
That, disturbingly enough, is an account that resonates. Few places combine entitlement and power-groping like Washington, and given the current vogue for selfies, this year will likely be particularly terrible for stars. What follows is a primer on how to act like a normal human around famous people this weekend.
1. Don't sneak photos of them, particularly when they're looking right at you. It's creepy. As Peter Dinklage told the world in a recent Reddit AMA, "The one thing that sort of gets to you are the cameras/cell phones. People try to be sneaky and try to get your picture without coming up to you or asking, and that's what kind of gets to me." He'd rather people just ask. And no, you are not fooling anyone pretending to text while you hold your phone at eye level.