Emma Thompson is not a fan of selfies, but that doesn’t mean she thinks people should be fired for asking her for a picture. A waiter asked the Hollywood star for a picture and Thompson declined, but after finding out the waiter was suspended for his request, Thompson came to his aid. Knights are cool, but Dames are the real heroes.
Thompson was having dinner with a group of friends at the five-star Brown’s Hotel in London on Saturday when a waiter approached the actor and asked for a selfie. Thompson denied the request, reportedly telling the waiter she didn’t want to intrude on her friends’ social time. Unfortunately, the waiter’s starstruck moment led to the hotel suspending him until further notice. The Sunday Times reports that Thompson was ‘horrified’ to learn the waiter could lose his job over the small interaction and reportedly called Brown’s Hotel and asked management to reinstate him.
Brown’s Hotel managing director Stuart Johnson has refused to comment on the waiter’s current employment status, telling The Telegraph “Caring for the privacy and wellbeing of both team members and guests, we are unable to make further comment on this matter.”
Thompson previously told The Belfast Telegraph in 2014 that she is not a fan of selfies. “I wouldn’t dream of taking a selfie with anyone. God almighty!” Thompson told the newspaper. “That’s to take narcissism to its unspeakable extremes,” she said. “No, get a life, everyone. Just saying.” So yeah, no selfies, but if you get in trouble at work, she will call your boss and defend you, which is actually better than a selfie.
Although Thompson isn’t a fan of selfies, she is a proponent of people who shoot their shot. During her Damehood ceremony in 2018, Thompson revealed that she took the opportunity to ask Prince William for a kiss. The prince, who was presenting Thompson with her new Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire title, reportedly laughed off Thompson’s request for a quick snog at the formal affair.
“I love Prince William,” Thompson said at the time. “I’ve known him since he was little, and we just sniggered at each other. I said, ‘I can’t kiss you, can I?’ And he said, ‘No don’t!’” Thompson said that the royal event comes with its own set of standards and rules. “If you’re first up, you have to be more formal on such an occasion,” she said. “But he’s looking wonderful and doing so well. He said, ‘This day isn’t about me, it’s about you.’”
Thompson’s latest move to help get a waiter his job back is just another example of why she is deserving of damehood and more. Thompson pulled out of the animated film Luck this year after learning that John Lasseter, who has been accused of inappropriate touching by many women, was made head of Skydance studio. Dame, kween, we call Emma Thompson by many names.