Rami Malek shot down a fan's photo request.

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Rami Malek goes viral after shooting down fan’s video request

Yes, there are memes.


Ana Valens

Internet Culture

Published Oct 30, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 2:54 am CDT

Twitter user xan, who uses they/them pronouns, is a long-time Rami Malek fan. But little did they know that on Monday night, their life was about to become intertwined with Malek’s after the two passed each other in New York.

Xan eventually reached out to Malek and turned on their camera’s video mode, asking if he could “say hi to my friends.” Malek quickly interrupted, shaking his head and saying, “no, but we can take a picture.”

Of course, the whole entire conversation was recorded on xan’s phone. Afterward, xan says Malek “literally swiped my camera” and changed it to photo mode, just to make sure the two would get a picture and not a video.

“Nah I’m done with video messages,” xan concluded.

Xan’s story is just the perfect viral cocktail: An adoring fan meets Malek, walks up to him, gets shot down for a video, and the actor then proceeds to take their phone away from them to change the camera mode. As you can imagine, Twitter is going nuts with the whole premise.






Even xan is sharing some of the memes.

Others compared Malek to actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who has absolutely zero chill when it comes to meeting fans.




As for xan, it’s safe to say their notifications are swamped with Malek-inspired posts. Their follower account has since ballooned to 2,220 Twitter users.

“My follower count was 400 this morning.. did I make a career?” they tweeted. Probably not, but they can take a picture.


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*First Published: Oct 30, 2018, 9:20 am CDT