In a stroke of irony, the Canadian Museum of Human Rights is clamping down on our right to free expression.
Selfie sticks, or the extendable poles that people use to hold a camera beyond arm’s length, have been banned. Which means any future selfies taken there will likely include glimpses of forearms or elbows, along with whatever artifact is being posed in front of in the background.
And that should go down just swell with today’s hyper-narcissistic Instagram users.
But the reason for the change has nothing to do with photo filters or lighting, it’s all about safety. Staff are concerned that the sticks could accidentally come into contact with exhibits, or even other guests.
“We think it’s better to keep to the handheld devices,” staffer Maureen Fitzhenry says in the video above, noting that “we still want you to share your photos on social media.”
The practice of actually taking selfies, just for the record, hasn’t been banned. As long as you leave the fancy equipment at home, you should be just fine.
But this isn’t an isolated incident, either. Many other notable museums also enforce strict rules around selfie sticks, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.