According to the New York Post, a group of annoyed New York photographers rebelled and stormed out en masse from an event where Tom Brady appeared to launch a new $5,450 watch on Tuesday night.
Page Six wrote:
A source claimed that 11 of the hard-working lensmen who showed up at Spring Studios for “brand ambassador” Brady’s TAG Heuer event bolted before the Patriots quarterback ever appeared for pics, after they were made to wait for his appearance. The grumbling started when a group of invited paps claimed one of the LVMH event’s fashionable organizers insulted their threads as they arrived.
“They said, ‘Where are you people coming from?’ — like we should be in a jacket and tie,” one shutterbug fumed. “We’re not the best dressed, but one guy came from a court stakeout. Nobody was in shorts and muscle shirts.”
While the extended wait took some of the air out of the event, some sympathetic servers reportedly offered hors d’oeuvres to the hungry camera crew — who were then chastised for eating them.
“They were like, ‘The food is not for you, don’t eat the food!’ ” a Page Six source alleged. “For two hours we were forced to remain stacked on a 2-foot riser that several people fell off.”
And after Brady was “an hour late,” it was more than the photogs' stomachs that were grumbling.
“He’s a sports guy,” said the pissed-off source. “You think there’s people in France talking about Tom Brady? He’s not George Clooney. He doesn’t have an acting career. He’s not even Shia LaBeouf . . . If you want to see him, flip to your sports section — he’s there throwing footballs.”
That’s when the shutterbugs put the stop in F/stop and bailed on Brady, leaving in a huff.
“It was a tremendous act of solidarity that only begins to address the sometimes inhumane ways professionals are treated,” the source declared.
And if you have ever covered a presser, you know never to cut off the chow line mid-event.
But another source countered that Brady was just 20 minutes behind schedule because interviews at the site ran over, and that only six cranky photographers stormed off. A rep for the event said, “We got every picture we wanted.”