For this writer it's something to hope for - sitting with the wife at a sports event thinking the Kiss Cam would be nice. Married, kids, priorities change, wife is busy, etc. etc. But for others, like Selena Gomez, the Kiss Cam is - humiliating.
Gomez and boyfriend Justin Bieber got the Kiss Cam pointed at them Tuesday night at an L.A. Lakers game - surely they knew it could happen - and she talked about it on Ryan Seacrest's radio program yesterday (on his, it must be noted, KISS-FM radio program).
"Oh God, that was probably the most humiliating thing that’s ever happened to me," she said to Seacrest. "We were watching and I thought it was funny, and they were showing little elderly couples (kissing) and it was so cute. And all of a sudden we’re both looking up and we come on the screen and it’s like…it was so awkward. It was so weird. I mean you have to kiss, right?"
Justin Bieber, Kiss Cam and a Fan
The slideshow provided by the Huffington Post does not paint the picture of a seriously humiliated Gomez. So when she talks about the experience it's possible her tongue is firmly in her cheek (is there a kissing pun in there?). There certainly was playfulness evident in her voice as she spoke so let's assume it wasn't a truly difficult experience for her.
But still her reaction was different from what millions of Bieber fans would have reacted like, most of his female fans would have got goofy about it. For Bieber fans, the chance to plant a kiss on the guy would rank up there with wining the lottery or American Idol. And her reaction is very different from what this married-with-kids husband would have been like if he got a chance to kiss his wife in front of the Kiss Cam. Or, for that matter, to kiss Selena Gomez.
Hey, but don't tell the wife I said that.