It's natural. Meeting your favourite celebrity can be quite exciting and it's easy to think you can just run up to them and take a picture.
But as much as it was that simple before, now it's not. Covid-19 regulations call for social distancing and masks at all times and these precautions must be taken even when meeting your favourite celebrity.
This is the message Muvhango actor Dingaan Mokebe is spreading. He's pleading with fans to remember the regulations at all times when asking for pictures or meeting their favourite celebrity out and about.
He together with the stars of popular SABC 2 drama Muvhango gathered on an Instagram video, sharing how they feel about fans asking them to remove their masks for pictures and not complying with Covid-19 social distancing regulations.
It was 'selfish' of fans to ask them to remove masks, he said. But him slamming the fans should not be mistaken for not being grateful for the love, he continued.
In the lengthy post, Dingaan and his colleagues reassured fans that they love and appreciate them, but safety comes first.
Dingaan opened the topic by the following words.
“There is something that is not sitting very well with me . . we do the job that we do and we do it for you because we know you love us and we love you too.
“But I feel like somewhere, somehow the level of intolerance and the level of selfishness from our fans is on a high level,” he said.
Dingaan said he noticed that in the places he goes to, fans do not want to social distance and demand that he takes off his mask to take pictures with them.
He asked the fans if they are being realistic?
“We have 3rd wave looming, and people are dying but people are expecting you take of your masks? Is it practical for our fans to not social distance and demand to take pictures?" he asked.
He spoke to some of his colleagues who also shared the same sentiments.
Zonke Mchunu, who plays the role of Iman, shared that two ladies just hugged her from behind and did not comply with the regulations.
She asked that fans respect them, sharing that it’s not like they do not want to take pictures but explained that they needed to protect one another.
Veteran actress Maumela Mahuwa, who plays Susan Mukwevo on the show, also shared that fans are not practical, and asking for the stars to take of their masks will put families and colleagues at risk of contracting the virus.
Maumela told fans that “We are human too, Corona can catch us too, have mercy on our lives”.
She proceeded to ask that fans not ask for pictures until the virus has subsided.
“Protect me, to protect yo,u” Dingaan and Zonke said.