Humans. Is there a more embarrassing species on the planet? Birds flying into windows, dogs licking other dogs’ bums, pigs rolling around in their own faeces… Nope, the humans still have it.
The “selfie stick” proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that we’re farther down the evolutionary ladder than we like to think, but we’re chuffed to bits to learn that they – selfie sticks, not humans – are banned from at least two UK football stadiums.
Selfie sticks first raised their head in the months before Christmas, allowing users to hold their smartphones farther away than possible with the humble human arm. The result? Cram more people into your selfie, and/or capture more of the background.
Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are the first UK clubs to speak out against selfie sticks, but not simply because they’re absolutely absurd.
See, the clubs rightly fear that the combination of booze, selfie sticks and the negative emotion that inevitably accompanies defeat might lead some to use their smartphone accessories as weapons. A hilarious thought, but dangerous nonetheless.
“We can confirm that 'selfie sticks' are banned on matchdays at Emirates Stadium,” Arsenal tells The New Journal. “The club's ground regulations prohibit any object that could be used as a weapon or could compromise public safety."
Meanwhile, the Tottenham Hotspur Customer Care Team writes to fan Liam (as shared on twitter): “Upon review, ‘selfie sticks’ have now been banned from entering White Hart Lane. All stewards will be briefed prior to the next Home fixture.”
Where do you sit on the selfie stick debate? A bit of harmless fun, or the worst thing to happen since X-Factor?