Last weekend at One Spark opening ceremonies, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown denied me a selfie. Aside from the humiliation I suffered in front of his constituents and my own friends and business associates, the experience left me quite confused.
For starters, it is a well-known fact that Mayor Brown loves having his picture taken. Why would deny me, someone who actually voted for him?
Second, in an email sent to me by the mayor (click image to enlarge), he wrote, “I personally invite you and your family to attend this great event and enjoy Downtown Jacksonville at its best.” (And, yes, I do have an AOL account—along with seven others—what of it?) Why would he invite me to attend and then not allow me to take a souvenir selfie?
And finally, many celebrities, including a stand-up comedian and actor, NFL players, an internationally-ranked professional gurgitator and style correspondent for a national TV show, have been only too happy to take a selfie with me: exhibits A, B, C and D.
Clockwise from top left: Jon Bello, ranked 32 in the world in the International Federation of Competitive Eating, and George Shea, IFOCE president; Doug Benson, comic/actor/ winner of “Stoner of the Year for 2006″; Chip Southworth (aka Keith Haring’s Ghost), artist/alleged criminal mischief maker; and Calvin Peete, retired pro golfer with 12 wins on the PGA Tour
Clockwise from top left: Karen Feagins, director, programming and news, WJCT; Cole Pepper, radio play-by-play and fill-in TV sports anchor at WJXT Channel 4 and barbecue aficianado; A Blue Man of Blue Man Group; and Al Letson, TV host/producer, “State Of The Re:Union” and “Freestyle: A Mixtape With Al Letson”
Clockwise from top left: Al Emerick, emcee/TV pitchman/”creativity guru,”; a Stormtrooper, soldier from a galaxy far, far away; Julie Watkins, meteorologist, WTEV 47 and WAWS 30; Laurent Robinson, former NFL wide receiver
Clockwise from top left: Sharon Wilbur, singer/songwriter/hostess with the mostest and style correspondent, Extra; Jeremy Mincey, defensive end, Dallas Cowboys; Lew Turner, meteorologist/reporter/anchor, First Coast News; and Paul Pozluszny, linebacker, Jacksonville Jaguars
I will be contacting the mayor’s office to get an official statement about my public snub. Until then, #jaxmayorselfiegate continues …