You can find some irony that a crazed Russian man who works in the media may be the worst and most brazen prankster the world has ever seen. With Russia tilting toward more extreme conservatism under the Putin regime, it shows how much democracy has perhaps spoiled Russian culture to a point where a few take it to extremes even Americans wouldn’t consider. Despite various people who work in American media who consistently cross the line in doing extreme stunts, no one has dared crawled under someone’s dress on the red carpet for the sake of getting a laugh.
What gains Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk thinks he’ll have in doing pranks like this is worthy of either psychoanalysis or perhaps the mindset of the Russian people. Is he a product of a democracy that’s gone out of control, or is it rebellion during a time when they think they’ll soon lose all those freedoms? Also, did it set a precedent where American pranksters will start doing similar antics on the red carpet here?
In America, crawling under a woman’s dress would be considered a criminal act that would have led to at least some possible jail time. France appears to have different laws, because Sediuk didn’t receive any jail time. Perhaps because the camera caught him smiling at the camera rather than doing anything else invasive, it was considered a harmless prank over there. It set a precedent, though, and may not bode well for other red carpet events here or abroad where sick pranks have usually been avoided. Only a few times have we seen it invaded by crashers or one particular celebrity prankster who may be the next culprit.
Red Carpet Crashers
Crashers at red carpet events have happened numerous time, proving security at red carpet events is usually much more lax than anyone knows. Nothing of consequence happened in these instances other than the crasher talking or interviewing celebrities there without anyone knowing they didn’t work in media. In some cases, the crashers videoed their time on the red carpet and actually gave a more interesting view of it than the media did. It was almost as if C-SPAN covered the Oscar red carpet to remove E! anchors taking away from the “you are there” approach.
Because there’s such a push to go to extremes in order to get noticed today, will someone do extreme performance art on a red carpet in order to get attention? Performance art is something that’s starting to increase in public places lately as an off-branch of the flash mob. Some of them have been extremely risky, including movie studios setting up flash performance art in major cities to promote a film. The American red carpet is now the only place where we have yet to see this happen, and you know it’s about to happen.
While whoever does this probably won’t crawl up someone’s dress, don’t be surprised to see some future pranks on wardrobe. It’s already happened with the merry prankster Sacha Baron Cohen.
Will Cohen Strike Again on the Red Carpet?
You may remember back in 2012 when Sacha Baron Cohen arrived on the Oscar red carpet in disguise to promote his film “The Dictator.” While talking to Ryan Seacrest, he spilled a fake urn of ashes on Seacrest’s tuxedo, raising a few eyebrows. While ultimately harmless, will Cohen strike again on the red carpet again if no one else will first? Even he knows the limitations in what he can ultimately get away with, though you can see someone in the Sediuk mold doing something that affects red carpet wardrobes without causing permanent damage.
It’s a fair warning to notables attending red carpet events where you see complacency in assuming there’s a fortress at the gate keeping potential pranksters out. Unfortunately, like terrorists, the next pranksters are planning out their next attack right now. Whether there should be an intelligence team in media to scope those people out before they act is another subject worth exploring. But with few of them out there, the good news is that their faces will be much easier recognizable at red carpet events.
The real danger is when they disguise themselves as Cohen does, plus perhaps recruiting new people to take part in something they think will help make them household names.