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It must be weird

March 24, 2010

I was walking down 6th Avenue yesterday afternoon when I passed Zachary Quinto heading north on foot. He would have blended right in with everyone else, except that he didn’t. I saw him and noticed him and recognized him. He was wearing slim-fitting clothing and had a small shoulder bag. There was nothing remotely “special” about his appearance, and the had no entourage, no body guard, nothing to signify that he was anyone but another guy on the street.

This was a particularly strange experience for me, given my inability to recognize people I actually know in real life when walking down the street, and my general tendency to look straight ahead and purposely not study the faces of the people I pass. I never expect to run into anyone I know, and I certainly don’t expect to run into famous people I don’t know. The few times I have come across famous people in real life, I have always come away feeling, “So that’s him/her. Huh.” It’s not that I’m not impressed or that they disappoint me. I’m sure I’ve even felt a little star-struck at times. But they really are just people.

At first, I thought, “Man, that guy looks a lot like Zachary Quinto. I’ll have to tell Darien when I get home that I saw someone who looked exactly like him.” Then, “There’s no way that’s actually him.” Finally, “Well, this is New York. It could totally be him.” Then I saw at least 3 people ahead of me stop and swivel, heads turning to watch the guy walk past them. One of them said something about “Spock” loud enough for me to hear, confirming that it was, in fact, the man himself.

What happened next probably happens to him a lot, but was offensive and bizarre to me. Two of the women in front of me had full-stopped and turned around completely. The same one that said “Spock” really loudly went on to practically shout “Spock really is gay! With that walk?! He’s definitely gay!” I’m sure he could have heard her, but maybe he blocks that stuff out. I couldn’t believe she would say something like that, that loudly, within earshot of the guy.

I’m sure it’s things like this that make celebrities weird. It must be odd to have everyone “know” you, and not know them. It occurred to me that with my bad memory, if I ever became famous, I’d be screwed. I have a hard enough time remembering if I’ve met someone for real let alone if I had strangers constantly approaching me acting like they know me. And then to have them also systematically judging and deconstructing my appearance and every action? It’s no wonder our celebrities come off seeming a little nutty at times.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Cate permalink
    March 24, 2010 9:53 am

    LOVE Zachary Quinto, he’s so awesome. As for the loser jerks on the street, I’m hoping he’s used to it, but really, who could be. I suppose it could be worse, I mean, nothing wrong with being gay, so I don’t consider it an insult, but they should have said, “Man, he really IS HOT”, because I’m sure he was!!

  2. Tasha permalink
    March 24, 2010 11:33 am

    There are many rumors about Zach being gay but who cares? I honestly think I’d like him even more if he was (and I’m a straight girl). What bothers me is just how disrespectful some people can be.

    And lucky you for seeing him. I bet he looks even hotter in person.

    (PS: On the other hand, Spock, the character, is totally gay xD The whole T’hy’la thing with Kirk… Who do they think they’re fooling? :p)

  3. Sunfell permalink
    March 24, 2010 11:41 am

    Zach has a beautiful, open stride. People who practice Yoga like he does tend to walk in a very gracile way. That someone would actually say something as bizarre and offensive as that on the street totally floors me.

    Poor Zach. If I saw him on the street, I might say ‘hello’ to him, but nothing more. I’ve been yelled at for my own appearance (I’m albino), so I know how it feels to be singled out in that way.

  4. bluherring permalink
    March 24, 2010 4:18 pm

    Yes that was rude, and anyone who uses the word gay as an insult is ignorant. I figure maybe he’s been yelled at like that by paparazzi and has learned to ignore anything that has no significance or any depth, it goes over your head and that is that.

  5. Sarah I permalink
    March 24, 2010 4:21 pm

    If someone felt the need to shout something like that, they probably just wanted to call attention to themselves. I’ve never seen Zachary Quinto in person, and anyone who has should by all means correct me if they feel that I’m terribly wrong, but my view on the subject of the gay rumors is that while he might stand out in some ways, he’s probably not gay. He could have changed his stride slightly because someone was shouting “Spock” at him on the street, or maybe he wasn’t walking any differently and that person was just jumping to conclusions. I’m sure there are things about him that we don’t know and don’t need to know, and rumors usually start because very intrusive people get bored with the unexplained.

    Most of the time I don’t wear makeup and I haven’t had a boyfriend in a while, but no one’s ever called me a lesbian because of these things. You’re right, Betsy, celebrities are people just like everyone else and should be treated so.

  6. Mia permalink
    March 24, 2010 4:28 pm

    So even assholes can recognize him on the street now, huh?

    Are you Americans ever going to evolve and catch up with the rest of the civilized world? I truly blame you all, not just these throwbacks, for political apathy which is helping rise of incipient true fascism in your country. Snap out of it, people.

    • bluherring permalink
      March 24, 2010 5:47 pm

      Dude, try not to generalize. Not everyone in America is like that ignorant woman on the street.

      • Mia permalink
        March 24, 2010 6:46 pm

        I’m not saying that you are. I’m saying that you allow it.

        Let’s see, have you at least signed a petition against discrimination in the workplace? You know, the thing where you can be fired for being gay? Have you protested against that law? Have you been dragged of the street while standing for what is right?

        I bet not. I have been. I have helped change my country. Good luck with yours.

  7. bluherring permalink
    March 24, 2010 7:13 pm

    That I allow it? You don’t honestly think I haven’t been offended when some ass has said to me “ohh that is so gay or you are so gay”? And they don’t mean “bubbly and happy”, they mean “you are so weird, and dirty and gay is dirty”. I have been offended by that, many times.

    As for the woman in NYC, What would you have us AMERICANS do, find the woman and hold her down until she apologizes for her behavior? She said it, it’s already out there, if he heard it or not is not the point. The point is, she was an ignorant bitch for saying it, but she does have the right to say it unfortunately. Free speech.

    Everyone is responsible for their own actions and as for your country (what ever it is, you haven’t specified) being somehow above discrimination against people, oh please. No matter how many rallies or petitions people sign, hate and ignorance exists everywhere, not just in America. You are not above everyone else, so stop acting like it.

  8. March 24, 2010 7:46 pm

    @Mia Your remarks are incredibly rude, ignorant and inflammatory. Please cease and desist in your trolling. Kthanxbai

  9. kim permalink
    April 22, 2010 9:08 pm

    Mia may have been tough in her comments but even as an American I can understand her frustration especially if she lives in a European country that has addressed this and moved on from this. We have to admit this is awful. I don’t think she was trolling just being passionate.

  10. kate permalink
    April 23, 2010 8:08 am

    Also there is no reason to explain or defend how he walked or walks he wasn’t doing anything wrong. Walking down the street of a free society no matter how we do it should not result in insults being yelled at someone. He could have been wearing a tutu and dancing it was still none of their business and none of their right to assault the man.

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