This literalized certain values present in our culture, namely that the worth of any given human encounter is quantifiable and that having a picture of yourself with a celebrity is valuable. During the performance, there was interaction, virtually no direct eye contact between star and fan (the opportunity for eye contact came via the screen in front of them). It is not the moment of the celebrity encounter that matters, but the documentary proof of it. I mean, if you stop to think about, like, taking a selfie with a celebritywhat it really is— how people just do it, like, in public...


The selfies were as part of the performance as they were real pictures that the extras could take with them in life (assuming they were actually snapping the pictures). The crowd was as much of a prop as it was a throng of spectators who were entertained at least enough to stay standing there and not turn and walk away. It was obviously all contrived for the camera, but also all true, and that’s what makes it funny. What are we doing?

Naturally, the celebrities ended up onstage, standing in front of another crowd people looking up to them.