Viral video of Anne Hathaway meeting fans goes viral: ‘Rude’

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Anne Hathaway is facing backlash on social media after a video of her meeting fans emerged on social media.

A resurfaced video of Hathaway turning down photo opportunities with fans sent her supporters into a debate about whether or not she was being “rude.”

The viral clip posted to Twitter from last year shows the star briefly interacting with her fans while walking to her car following the Valentino fashion show in Italy.

She told a rowdy crowd to be “calm” in Italian while gesturing for them to quiet down.

“I cannot take photos with everyone,” said the star softly. “But I will stand here and wave if you would like to take a photograph. I cannot sign; there are too many of you.”

“Mi displace [I’m sorry], but I want you to have something, so if you’d like, I’ll just wave a little bit. Thank you for understanding.”

The actress then apologised to another fan for being unable to take a photograph because she would have to take one with everyone.

The resurfaced clip sparked a debate among fans about whether Hathaway was being reasonable.

“With how long she took to be condescending, she could possibly have signed and took the photos. She was being unnecessary,” wrote one fan.

Another agreed, saying: “Condescending mostly,” with a third adding: “Rude and fake polite at the same time.”

However, others believed Hathaway was being gracious, with one saying: Very polite, she could easily have ignored them,” and another adding: “Very polite. Celebrities are not obligated to engage with fans”.

Meanwhile, in January, Hathaway revealed an inappropriate question she was asked by a reporter early into her acting career at the age of 16.

The US actress discussed the interaction while being interviewed by Variety at the Sundance Film Festival for the opening of her new film, Eileen.

“I just remembered one of the very first questions I ever got asked when I started acting and had to do press was: Are you a good girl or a bad girl?” Hathaway told the outlet. “I was 16.”

Hathaway, now 40, noted that working with Eileen’s director, William Oldroyd, was a positive experience as the pair set out to make a movie centred on a young female protagonist.

“My 16-year-old self wanted to respond [to the journalist] with this film,” Hathaway said, referencing Eileen.

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