Consider this post a Public Service Announcement directed at famous personages of every type and stature — but especially the ones whose resumes have the word “Disney” stamped all over them.
True, it’s embarrassing for any star to be paparazzi’d while loitering inside a sex shop, but it’s somehow even more humiliating for an actor whose fan base is comprised primarily of adoring, impressionable tweens. Just ask Zac Efron, it happened to him only yesterday.
Efron had a good reason to be there (there being Fantasy World, and adult emporium in Manhattan): he was being paid. No, no — it wasn’t anything untoward or inappropriate. Efron was in the shop with a camera crew, shooting a scene for his upcoming movie with model Imogen Poots, Are We Officially Dating?
At some point, he spotted a paparazzo snapping photos of him through the shop’s window. Realizing that he’d been standing in the midst of a colourful and glowing dildo display when the photographs were being taken, Efron dashed outside to try to convince the photog to delete the somewhat compromising pictures.
“He kept telling him that he has so many young fans and he didn’t want them to see it,” a source told the New York Post’s Page Six, but the unobliging paparazzo wouldn’t relent.
If you click over to the Post, you can see one of the photos. In it, Efron appears to be just on the verge of figuring out what’s happening. In the lower right-hand corner, the toys stand proudly at attention.
Page Six points out that this isn’t Efron’s first adult store adventure: “Back in 2008 he and then-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens were photographed shopping for a blow-up sheep sex doll in Los Angeles.”
Perhaps the pair were helping out the art department by doing some prop shopping for High School Musical.