Actor Sivakumar has issued an explanation for the incident in which he angrily slapped away the phone from a young man’s hand at an event. The video went viral on the internet on Monday. Many criticised the actor for his impulsive reaction to a seemingly innocent act. Following this, Sivakumar has said in his statement that selfies are meant to relish memories and not invade the privacy of celebrities or socialites.
Sivakumar also shares that he was disappointed from the moment he stepped out from his car, with the number of people clicking selfies, unmindful of the guards around. “It happened that from the moment I stepped out of the car and walked into the venue that was occupied with 200-300 people, I felt little disappointed to see around 20-25 people clicking selfies by pushing the volunteers and guards who accompanied me there (sic),” he says.
He also says that a courtesy request can be extended before people start clicking selfies on their phone. “A celebrity cannot be treated or taken for granted as a public property. I am someone, who has never hesitated to take photos at the airport and any gatherings with hundreds and thousands of people,” he adds. Sivakumar further clarifies that he is no Buddha or a saint but an ordinary person like everyone else. He also requests people to think how their deed might affect the other. Sivakumar further issued a video apology following his written statement.