Coachella and Lollapalooza ban selfie sticks
Today, in futile fights against narcissism: Large music festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza have banned the use of “selfie sticks” at their upcoming events this summer, despite the fact that Coachella in particular is one giant selfie party at this point.
In an FAQ first spotted by Brooklyn Vegan, the California music festival notes that neither “selfie sticks” nor “narcissists” are allowed into the festival this year, so basically: None of the people who usually go to Coachella. Other banned items include bota bags (a traditional Spanish liquid receptacle made of leather or goatskin), hula hoops, and drones. But how will I carry out a black ops mission on the girl who cut me in the port-o-john line without my trusty flying death robot?
The Lollapalooza website is slightly more diplomatic, burying the ban in a general ban on “GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods.” Well I never.
This news comes after several European venues instituted similar bans, citing safety concerns and general obnoxiousness. (If you’re going to bootleg a show and block my view, you should at least have to deal with arm fatigue.) Places you’re no longer allowed to bring your narcisstick include London’s O2 Arena and Wembley Arena, Rome’s Colisseum, and France’s Palace of Versailles, the latter of which being a shame because Marie Antoinette totes would have had one.
But before you photograph yourself crying a single lovely tear, remember: You don’t really need to fit that many non-you things in a selfie anyway, and as yet belfie sticks are totally unscheduled.