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OMG! Selfie Sticks are Banned at These Places! But Why?

Why Selfie Sticks Are Banned At These Places
The trend of banning selfie sticks is soon catching on! From Disney theme parks to the Met, these gadgets are definitely a no-no, and here are a few reasons why.
Amita Ray
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2019
No More Selfies with the Kitty
From 2015, posing and clicking pictures with lions and other big cats has been termed illegal in New York, prompted mainly due to safety concerns and the well-being of the wild animals.
Young man is sitting on roof and looking Strong hiker taking photo with smartphone, mountain peak
We live in a world where anybody and everybody is either on Facebook or Instagram, and our photos tell our story. Everyone wants to freeze every moment they feel pretty or are having a time of their lives in a few kilobytes. It is a world where, whether you love them or hate them, selfies are here to stay!
Group Of Friends Taking A Selfie
With a big chunk of most of our selfies or groupfies are occupied by a blurred arm and the other corner of the photograph only showing part of a person's face, most of our self-attempted photographs have been a disaster. That is when these nifty not-so-little gadgets came to our rescue.

A selfie stick allows its user to click good quality selfies or groupfies beyond the normal arm range by simply mounting the camera or the phone on it. Some of these gadgets have a remote or Bluetooth controls that makes it a little easier for the user to click a picture.
As great as they may be, these gadgets have received a lot of criticism. Apart from being extremely dorky-looking, the rising popularity of this gadget depicts the narcissistic and self-obsessed bunch we have become. Today, many tourist attractions in the world have prohibited the use of this gadget, and that's not just because they make you look dorky.
Places That Have Banned The Selfie Stick
Smithsonian, Washington DC
Institutes like Smithsonian, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim Museum, London's National Gallery, have banned use of selfie sticks to prevent damage to the artifacts or people.
The Colosseum in Rome
Since March 2015, tourists visiting the Colosseum in Rome are prohibited from carrying a selfie stick over concerns that this device could damage the monument.
The Palace of Versailles
This ban came shortly after two American tourists were arrested after being caught carving their initials in the monument and clicking selfies with it. The Palace of Versailles soon followed this and issued a ban on selfie sticks in its premises.
South Korea
In 2014, officials in South Korea issued a ban on sale of unlicensed selfie sticks with Bluetooth technology. This was done as they were causing malfunction of many electronic devices. People selling uncertified selfie sticks were fined around $17,300!
Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival
Places like the O2 arena and various music festivals like the Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival, Lollapalooza, festivals at Copacabana,etc., have banned the selfie stick in order to curb unauthorized filming of live performances.
Disneyland Paris Hotel
Selfie sticks have been banned from the happiest places in the world―all Disney themed parks―since June 2015. Despite the ban, there were many instances where the rides had to be stopped after people attempted to use this device as they could be hazardous.
Wembley Stadium in London
This device has been banned in almost every stadium in Brazil. Places like the Wembley Stadium, the Etihad Stadium, White Hart Lane Stadium, etc., have been banned due to their potential use as a weapon that could compromise the safety of others.
This ban was also put in place to discourage people from filming and photography.
If you thought you could live with these bans, here are a few more, a bit hard to digest. Selfie sticks were banned from the cycling event in Australia called "Tour Down Under", for the safety of spectators, cyclists, and officials. Apple Inc. banned these from a WWDC Developers conference to discourage filming and professional photography of the event.
Kaaba in Mecca
Officials in Pamplona have banned tourists from clicking selfies during the annual Running of the Bulls festival, for obvious reasons. Muslims are warned against clicking selfies at Mecca as it may distract from prayers and self-contemplation.
The latest trend of banning selfie sticks is soon catching on and is getting banned from almost everywhere you want to be, not because everyone around hates to see you carry your selfie sticks and posing your heart out, but because people have always refused to respect the rules the places they visited.