Cleveland Museum of Art Bans Selfie Sticks


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The Cleveland Museum of Art has officially banned the use of selfie sticks, which is probably the CMA's humble way of asking visitors to stop acting like photo-fanatic dumb asses in its galleries.

The museum's Director of Visitor Experience told that folks were at risk of harming the artwork and potentially each other as they tried to capture that perfect, shareable selfie. 

Cleveland isn't the first museum, nor likely the last, to stand its ground against the fad: New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and D.C.'s National Gallery of Art, among others, have also banned the selfie stick.

Here's the amendment, recently added to the CMA's policy page:
Flash photography, tripods, monopods, selfie-sticks, and professional photography are prohibited unless prescheduled through the Marketing & Communications Department.

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