Recent events have led us to believe that the selfie-taking device may be heading down the path of the panda, the purple frog and the tiger. Yes, it’s true, the selfie stick is endangered.
This might come as shocking news to you, consider that it’s nearly impossible to go to any tourist attraction or scroll through Instagram without seeing the presence of this species. Even so, the existence of the stick has been undeniably threatened this week. Last Monday, widely attended music festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza announced that the photo-taking device won’t be permitted at either of their events. (Coachella organizers, by the way, refer to them as “narsisstics.”)
And Coachella and Lollapalooza weren’t the first to ban the sticks. Venues like the U.K.’s O2 and Wembley Arenas announced that selfie sticks weren’t welcome within their walls, and last weekend’s Ultra Music Festival didn’t allow them, either. They’re also prohibited at museums like the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in N.Y.C.
And even with these previous bans stacked against them, it’s Coachella and Lollapalooza’s condemnations that really signal an upcoming dark time for the selfie stick. Think about it: Where would selfie sticks be more at home than at a music festivals? Who wants to take photos of themselves more than flower-crown-wearing, grass-dancing, Instagram-using concertgoers?
If this trend continues and selfie sticks continue to be banned, it’s very possible that the handheld tool will disappear from the planet. Of course, that could mean that something else could come off the endangered list: The phrase, “Could you take my picture?”