What were you up to this weekend? Did you go see a movie, have brunch with friends, maybe watch the Emmys last night? Did you take any selfies on Instagram? How nice. Well, was your selfie used as evidence for an arrest in Thailand? Because Rihanna’s was. And if you can believe it, the selfie — and the arrest — had absolutely nothing to do with marijuana. Who’d have thunk it?
Rihanna was on vacay in Thailand this weekend, and she posted plenty of Instagram photos for her fans to peruse. One of those photos depicts her with a slow loris, a protected species in the country. Phuket authorities caught wind of the photo and managed to track down the people who had the animal, as explained to AP by a district chief:
“Phuket authorities were alerted to the picture (of Rihanna), and last night police arrested the two individuals who brought out the loris as a photo opportunity for tourists.”
The men arrested, who are 16 and 20, face a $1,300 fine and four years in prison. And it’s all (or at least partially) thanks to a celebrity’s Instagram account. What a world we live in. While I’m relieved that these people are being punished for using this protected animal as a tourist attraction, I find it ironic that Rihanna was such an unintentional crime-fighter. She just thought the loris was cute and wanted a photo with it, like she was meeting Mickey Mouse at Disney World.
I can’t help but wonder, in true Carrie Bradshaw fasion, if, as more and more celebrities use social media, there will be even more frequent arrests made thanks to selfies. Maybe the police will spot a mugging in progress in the background of one of Miley Cyrus’ half-naked pics. And then they’ll catch someone littering on the sidewalk through the window of the cafe where Kim Kardashian is photographing her meal. This could be a whole new trend in detective work, and it could lead to a new TV show complete with cops saying “Enhance that selfie!” and slow motion shots of celebrities raising their iPhones. You just wait and see.