When we discovered grown-up child star Cole Sprouse‘s Tumblr earlier this week, my favorite posts weren’t the ones where he ate a duck fetus or summoned Cthulu. What most fascinated me were his snarky but eloquent comments on fame, especially in the most recent posts after mainstream sites started to pick up on his Tumblr. Just because Cole and his twin Dylan had been out of the spotlight for a year or so after their series The Suite Life on Deck ended, didn’t mean that he stopped being a celebrity or that he lacked insight on what it was like to be constantly recognized for the nostalgia of being on a Disney show.
As I mentioned, Cole outed himself on Tumblr about two weeks before we all actually found his site. At the time, he also plugged his Instagram, @camera_duels. For the past three months, he’s been doing an interesting little social experiment where he calls out the people who sneakily try to snap pics of him. (Basically, since when he started at NYU as a freshman.) The name is pretty self-explanatory: When he spots someone surreptitiously holding up their smartphone, he tries to draw his own phone faster and catch them in the act.
If that’s not great enough, Cole also provides rambling, poetic commentary on each encounter. For the most part he’s a good sport about the liberties people take on his privacy. This is the same good-natured reaction we’ve witnessed on his Tumblr: He accepts that people are gonna want a photo of one of the Sprouse twins. But that doesn’t mean that he can’t have fun with it.
I’ve included my five favorites here, but you should definitely check out the whole account.
This picture was taken just outside my Latin class. With a sudden coo, she made her motives known, and I quickly and loudly pulled my weapon. Her friend standing next to her was instantly filled with associative regret and turned his head, put his hands in his pockets, and tried to act as naturally as possible.
One of the most impressive techniques I’ve yet seen. Her gaze is directed towards another direction to make it seem as if she was casually turning the phone right at me. I would have been fooled too, if when she turned the phone around, I didn’t catch a glimpse of the camera ready screen. I’m not that paranoid…..am I?
If your going to stand THIS close to me, you really think I won’t see? HAH not even the mailman can save you from this duel. I’ve been getting question recently like, how do you know they’re taking pics of you dawg? Because the camera is pointed at my soul “dawg,” and the photographer can’t stop shaking.
Since the Sengoku period of Japan, Japanese mercs have employed the art of secrecy in order to achieve victory. Whilst sitting in a japanese resturaunt I caught, by far, the sneakiest technique I have seen, and the best, in my opinion. Like a bank shot, this duelist used the reflection of the glass in order to take a picture. She would have likely gotten away clean if the combined radiation from her phone and the microwave hadn’t crisped my eyebrows and alerted me to the process. Good game shinobi, good game
Hiding you face can’t hide you shame! Get used to lookin behind those bars because I’m takin you in. Sheriffs back in town pinky, and your poisoning the watering hole. She giggled the whole time I was taking her photo, almost as if she enjoyed it…….why…..my god why? It seems people have started seeking me out in order to duel. YOU’RE MISSING THE POINT! I should’ve seen this coming I guess, people always want vengeance for the ones I have slain. So be it, have at you!
For what it’s worth, Cole also has a website devoted to his more artistic photographs.
I graduated from NYU in 2011, so it sounds like I just missed going to school at the same time as Cole. I really wish I had, though, because he sounds awesome. Not that I would’ve tried to sneakily get a shot of him in the dining hall. Instead, I probably would’ve approached him and asked to interview him for whatever blog I worked for at the time, instead of just writing about him now.