If someone were to ask me where the hottest nightclubs were in the city, I couldn't begin to tell them. Haven't been clubbing for probably about a decade now. I guess I could probably get some of the hot spots right just from what I've heard for radio ads and word of mouth. Word of mouth is just what it is that leaked about the latest celebrity spotting here in Des Moines at one of the hot spots in the capitol city.
Apparently, Ashton Kutcher AND Demi Moore were at club Aura just last night. For those that don't know, he's a native Iowan and he was in Homestead, IA (which is about an hour and a half from here) visiting family. Club Aura had flown in a Los Angeles-based deejay, DJ AM (once engaged to Nicole Richie) to spin for the night. He text-messaged the two and they came down to party at the club.
That's the backstory but the real story I'm here to speak on is what happened while they were there. Evidently, Moore was not friendly to those attempting to take pictures, telling them to get away. Some patrons taking pictures were asked to leave the bar.
Here's the thing...when you (meaning famous person in question) become a celebrity, you have to realize that this is something you signed up for. You no longer have a private life when you are in public. People are going to want your picture as evidence that they were in the presence of a celebrity. So why do they always make a big deal out of it?
Number one, they are in a public place. People have the right to photograph them. If they didn't want to be photographed, they should have stayed at home. That's where even normal people go when they want privacy. Once in public, that privacy is gone. Even moreso for celebrities. It comes with the territory so deal with it.
Number two, most of the time, the reason people are taking pictures is because it may be the ONLY time these folks will see and/or have seen a celebrity in the flesh. We're in Iowa, for crying out loud. The celebrity spottings here are going to be pretty few and far between. Don't fault them because they want to capture that moment. If anything, the celebrity in question should be flattered.
It reminds me of something Michael Jordan once said. He stated that the reason he always wore nice, designer suits in public was because he knew that when he interacted with regular people that may be the only chance they get to meet him and he wanted them to have a good first impression. He recognized his iconic status. He knew that the fans appreciated them and he wanted to return the appreciation.
Finally, Ashton is from here. He of all people should have known that them going to a nightclub was going to be a big deal. He should have known that people would want to speak to them, get autographs, take pictures. He should have anticipated that and he should have even welcomed it. Unlike athletes who got where they are because of their ability, if it wasn't for the fans buying the tickets, watching their shows and whatnot, he and Demi wouldn't be where they are today.
Now I know some people will argue that celebs have to be more guarded these days because there are more crazy people out there. That may be so, but we're not asking them to be all buddy-buddy. Give those autographs and pictures. That won't kill you. It's not like the fans are trespassing in that instance. They're there to have a good time too. One day, that spotlight will be gone and you'll have your life back. For now, when it public, you're sharing it with the world. And like a marriage, it's for better or for worse.