There are many different outcomes when you go celebrity searching; you end up with nothing because the person doesn’t oblige, you never even track down the person, you are successful and it was a fantastic experience, or you are successful, yet it sort of leaves a bad after taste. This story is about the latter.
I was told a reliable tip that actor Danny Glover (from movies such as Lethal Weapon and Predator 2) was going to be doing a presentation at a local coffee shop. It seemed quite odd about the setting to begin with, nevertheless I tracked down the location and found the place where Glover was attending. After entering the very small, somewhat ritzy establishment, I asked around to find out more information and was told he indeed was going to arrive shortly and do an interview on a little stage area to be streamed on the web. Still not knowing exactly what Danny Glover would be doing at a coffee shop, I sat down and patiently waited for his arrival. Once he showed up employees and other workers had him quickly get on stage and prepare his mic and go over interview questions with the person he’d sit down to chat with. As it turns out Mr. Glover was there to promote a form of marketing to sell his own endorsed brands of coffee, in other words a pyramid scheme. This whole thing was a huge turn off that he was there peddling this stuff to the audience and also during the course of the interview they spoke about racism and all the hardships that, “Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics have to face” as Danny Glover put it, as if any Caucasians have no troubles what so ever. Several times he mentioned these problems and hardships and every time left Caucasians out of the mix. In my personal opinion, everyone has their own set of problems or troubles that they face, no matter who you are or what color your skin is.
Once his torturous pyramid scheme peddling interview had ended, many people surprisingly rushed the stage to bombard him for autograph requests. He was mobbed and so I joined in despite not caring for crowds and had a couple DVD’s signed that I brought along with me. I was close enough within this mob to ask for a picture which he very begrudgingly did and I had to take it myself pointing the camera at us. It didn’t come out very well, so I was going to try and ask for a better picture after everything died down. He eventually left the stage and people were going up to him asking for picture requests, so I thought this was my opportunity. I went up and politely asked and even told him the first picture didn’t come out too well, but he could care less and rudely denied me. However, he was snapping picture after picture with everyone else. Keep in mind, me and a very small handful of people were the only Caucasian in the entire place. Someone else, one of the few other Caucasian people there, asked me nearby if I could take a picture for him posed with Mr. Glover. I told him good luck as he just denied me, but I had his camera in hand just in case. He asks Danny in between taking photos with other people and he nastily snarled “No, I’m not taking anymore pictures!”. Disappointed, I hand back the camera to the saddened guest. By the way, mere seconds later Danny has his arm around another guest posing for a picture, an African-American guest. And another, yet another, and continues taking pictures. Something just wasn’t right about that whole scene. I’m definitely not going to sit here and label anyone in a harsh manner, but these are just the series of events in the story that unfolded in front of my eyes.
So in the end I walk away from this event with a couple signatures and a poor quality picture with him. It obviously could’ve been worse and some may call it a success, but it was just one of those things that left you with an unpleasant experience when it was all said and done.