Jamie Lee Curtis was just one of many famous faces who fell victim to the Fiji Water Girl photobomb at this past Sunday’s Golden Globes, and she doesn’t see the funny side.
The Fiji Water Girl, a.k.a. model Kelleth Cuthbert, became an overnight viral sensation when she was spotted holding a tray of the branded bottled water in the background of many Golden Globe red carpet shots. She could be seen peering over the shoulder of stars like Idris Elba, Jim Carrey, and Amy Adams.
One of those stars was Curtis, who did not appreciate being photobombed by a company advertising a product. The “Halloween” actress shared her thoughts on Instagram after her husband noticed her picture on a CNN news story about the Fiji Water Girl.
“I specifically moved away from the blatant promotions by Fiji and Moet where young women with their trays filled with their wares stood near a designated camera,” Curtis explained.
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So, my husband, who doesn’t look at a lot of show business news sites, just mentioned that I was on the CNN website. I specifically moved away from the blatant promotions by Fiji and Moet where young women with their trays filled with their wares stood near a designated camera. I knew why there was a photographer poised there and I moved away as I said out loud that I didn’t want to be doing advertising for either. Clearly this angle shows that I moved from her being behind me and yet from the side it still happens. The sponsors of events need to get permission from people when they get them to take their picture next to products.
She continued: “I knew why there was a photographer poised there and I moved away as I said out loud that I didn’t want to be doing advertising for either.” Despite this, Curtis was caught from another angle, which shows Cuthbert and her tray of bottles in the background.
“The sponsors of events need to get permission from people when they get them to take their picture next to products,” the former Golden Globe winner concluded.
Some fans criticized Curtis for her comments, telling her she should see the funny side of the situation and “laugh it off.”
“A pretty young woman did the job she was hired to do,” said one Instagram user. “Disappointing that someone of your stature would lash out in such a bad-tempered way instead of laughing it off.”
Another fan added: “Yikes, I’ve always been a huge fan but this post just rubs off as “I’m better than…” And makes me kinda cringe. I never got the impression you were tied to Fiji in any way, I think most people know it’s just there, not that you’re advertising them.”
“Oh, Jamie, don’t be a spoilsport. Someone needs room to grow. i.e. the model. I only see that photobombing gimmick, not intrusion,” said another.
However, others agreed with Curtis that celebrities should have a choice when it comes to advertising products.
“If you want endorsements, you should at LEAST ASK first. If no, then NO. Period,” said one fan.
“Agreeeeed. This was all a ploy to have countless names do an unspoken sponsorship. Sponsorship like this would take years to finalize. Absolutely awful,” another commented.
Another fan added: “Well said. Agree 100% with you. It was opportunistic and cheap. Celebrities should complain to GG organizers.”
Meanwhile, Fiji Water is keeping the meme going on its official Twitter account, photoshopping the Fiji Water Girl into shots from famous movies, such as “Star Wars” and “Rocky.”
As for the Fiji Water Girl herself, she recently appeared on “The Late Late Show” with her tray of bottled water and photobombed James Corden and his guests.