Harpy Regrets: The Oscar Night Shuffle
Yesterday during the 88th Academy Awards pre-show on E!, Ryan Seacrest was interviewing presenter Priyanka Chopra (Quantico). In the hubbub going on behind them, publicists dashed to and fro while photographers snapped photos of everything and everyone. One of those photographers turned and took a photo of Chopra from behind. From the angle of the E! camera, it looked like the man may have grabbed a creepshot of Chopra’s behind. So I did what anyone would do: I took a Vine of the act and asked the Internet to weigh in.
I shouldn’t have done that and I’m sorry.
In the fast-paced world of Awards Night coverage, speed is king. You want to be the first to get that GIF up, the first to have that Google search term. But while the mantra “speed kills” combined with coffee drives these gilded marathons, they can have unintended side effects. Such was the case when I asked the Internet to decide if some random photographer was a creeper. I forgot the photographer was also a person. Specifically, he is L.A. Times photographer Al Seib.
Mr. Seib has been covering the Oscars red carpet and backstage events for over a decade for the L.A. Times and been in their employ as a photographer for more than 30 years. What was for me a quick one-off about a candid Oscars moment was to him a condemnation of his character. Wondering aloud if a Mr. Seib had been inappropriate toward Priyanka Chopra was as good as an accusation. The only thing inappropriate was my glib question.
My sincere apologies to Mr. Seib.
In case anyone was wondering, this was the actual photo Al Seib was taking of Chopra.