One of the cruelest tricks life plays on us is giving human beings the intrinsic ability to royally mess up situations we care a lot about.
Whether it's the interview for that dream job, a first date with that special someone, or magically going to Six Flags on a day when it isn't crowded - only to throw up after your first ride and feeling nauseous the rest of the afternoon, mother nature has a way of ruining your excitement at the worst possible time.
And for these people who were lucky enough to meet their favorites celebrities, instead of turning what should've-been a magical moment where they got to share an experience with an individual they admired, they just came off as weird and in some instances, really pathetic.
Thanks a lot, mother nature.
What’s the worst you’ve ever embarrassed yourself in front of someone you super admired? One time Tommy Kail introduced me to Sara Bareilles & I was so overwhelmed, I looked her directly in the face & just said, “oh wow.”😳🤦🏻♀️— Sarah Kay (@kaysarahsera) February 28, 2018
(Don’t you dare tag her in this.) https://t.co/EzKWS6p6X9
There were name mix-ups.
in related news, i once introduced a friend to tommy kail and he said (completely earnestly) "oh tony hale! so nice to meet you!"— kaitlin fine (@kafine) February 28, 2018
Conflating actors with the characters they play.
I ran into Colin Firth while he was filming a movie in Hyde Park. My eyes went wide, I held out my hand at an awkward angle, and said “Ohhhhhhhh Mr DarcyFirth...” He then took a picture with me where I look the absolute pinnacle of bashful.— Jack Snyder (@velocijacktor1) February 28, 2018
Commenting on the follicular deficiencies of the world's biggest movie star right now.
i met the rock once and managed to forget a whole monologue i had planned and ended up saying "yo rock, you bald!" so. yeah.— jhaunay (@wrightmywayout) February 28, 2018
Some people got celebrities to sign pictures of other celebrities.
There were people who crumbled under pressure.
I went to see @StephenAtHome live and I was picked to ask him something before the show and I totally forgot my well-thought-out question and just stuttered out, "what's your favorite website?" and remained mortified for the rest of the show https://t.co/4yt9vXp1B6— Cassidy Williams (@cassidoo) March 1, 2018
Then there were people who ruined potential celebrity encounters for everybody else.
I made an absolute heel of myself when I saw Natalie Dormer at the Catching Fire premiere. I straight up yodeled her name until she came over and then I told her she's the prettiest person I've ever seen and took a failed selfie.— grandma becca (@drinkwaterkids) March 1, 2018
She didn't stop for any more fans after that haha https://t.co/ixuyGtsGRV
This woman somehow made her awkward situation even worse.
This fan who flew away from embarrassment is too relatable.
Unprepared @ the Hamilton stage door. Only paper I had was a Something Rotten understudy filler. Handed it to Lin. He took a picture with me & (very nicely) handed it back, saying "I'm not sure what to do with this?" I laughed into the air, became invisible, flew away— Kroya (@KatelynRoya) February 28, 2018
I was turning onto a street in downtown Toronto when Rainn Wilson walked in front of my car. I was so surprised my foot accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake and I almost mowed the poor guy down.— Jackie Mahoney (@JackieJuly) February 28, 2018
Imagine meeting a celebrity while wearing Bratz jammies?
Also that one time (2004-ish) I was in my Bratz jammies and went to grab a water bottle from the garage fridge only to come face to face with Nick Cannon smoking a joint with my sister. I had a weird childhood...— What do you mean, Arm?! (@Martian_Bae) March 1, 2018
You get to meet one of the most active First Ladies in US history. And this is the photo you take.
When the entourage takes pity, you know things are bad.
I met Sophie Turner (Sansa from Game of Thrones) and asked her to sign my poster, she tried but my pen didn’t work so I said “I’ll make it work” and proceeded to scribble on it until it ripped. One of her people felt sorry for me and lent me a pen 🤷🏼♀️— Kayla Burditt🧚🏻♀️ (@_dragonstoned) March 1, 2018
This whole mini-story confounds me.
Aly baked a loaf of bread for Sigur Rós and gave it to them while sweating and mumbled through “thank you for the beautiful music” in Icelandic which she had practiced how to say while baking a loaf of bread for Sigur Rós, who she got to meet.— Robbie Q. Telfer (@RobbieQT) February 28, 2018
I used to work at a restaurant and was setting up the table closest to the entrance for dinner service as the song 'My Girl' played. As the chorus finished I sang the last 'my girl' really loudly and made direct eye contact with Gwyneth Paltrow. She backed away in horror.— Sean Wilcox (@Wilcox_Music) March 1, 2018
Way to ruin the moment, mind.
I met Patrick Stewart and brought my Complete Works of Shakespeare for him to sign (on The Scottish Play, naturally). He quoted a line from the witches scene, which I know so well...I could not quote the next line for anything. Stupid brain.— Ms. Too (@vonvoncake) March 1, 2018
But there is a lesson to be learned from all this humiliation.
All of these stories have warmed my heart & also reminded me that being human is simply mortifying & that’s also what makes it so delightful.— Sarah Kay (@kaysarahsera) March 1, 2018
Or something like that.