Fans not allow to talk to Olsen twins, must follow 9 rules at book signing

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen aren’t really trying to endear themselves with their fans. Over 2000 people showed up to get copies of the girls’ book Influence signed yesterday. But first they had to follow a long list of rules, including not speaking to the Olsens (I guess they could try, but they were informed that the Olsens would not be speaking back), not taking pictures, not asking questions, and wading through the massive throng of PETA protestors outside.

FANS of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen gladly lined up to get the tiny twins to sign copies of their book, “Influence,” yesterday – but they had to follow a slew of rules at the Union Square Barnes & Noble. posted a long list of obligations for anxious collectors. “Mary- Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen will be with us for a limited time,” the sheet stated. “They will only be signing copies of their book . . . They will not be speaking, reading or taking questions.” The 9-point list also warned that the Olsens “will not sign any memorabilia or product other than ‘Influence;’ ” “There is a limit of one book per person and, “There is no photography allowed. You must put away your camera or cellphone before approaching the signing table.” Meanwhile, Olsen-hating activists from PETA were parked outside the store in unflattering masks of the sisters, reports The Post’s Aliyah Shahid.

[From the New York Post]

The PETA protestors are anti “Trollson” (as they call the twins) because the girls use fur in their clothing lines. Yesterday was the rainiest, coldest weather so far this season. It was 37, pouring rain, and windy. Those are some super committed PETA activists. They also kept me out of a KFC last week, so I guess they’re getting their job done.

Curious what other rules you must obey in order to view an Olsen in person?

1) Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen will be with us for a limited time. They will only be signing copies of their book, Influence. They will not be speaking, reading or taking questions.

2) Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen will NOT sign any memorabilia or product other than Influence. There is a limit of one book per person, and your one book must be purchased here.

3) You will be directed to pay for your book upon entering the store and will be given a receipt for your purchase. Please keep your receipt. You will receive your book at the signing table.

4) Along with your receipt, you will be given a B&N wristband, and then directed to the event space on the 4th floor. You must have a receipt and a wristband to access the 4th floor.

5) Anyone approaching the signing table must have paid for the book and be wearing a B&N wristband. One person, one wristband, one book.

6) You will collect your signed book at the signing table. If you have paid for any additional copies, a staff member will provide you with those before you exit the space.

7) There is no photography allowed. You must put away your camera or cell phone before approaching the signing table. The authors will not pose for photos.

8) If you leave, or the authors leave, before you are able to collect a signed book, you may present your receipt to a cashier for either an unsigned book or a refund. (Refunds only issued within 14 days of receipt.)

9) There will be no extra signed copies available after the authors leave the store. They will not be able to sign for anyone who is not on line. No pre-orders.

[From Racked]

Racked has a pretty funny list of entries they live blogged at the “draconian” event. As we mentioned yesterday, the girls certainly have some security fears, some of which are understandable. But it also seems like they have some “interacting with other people” issues, which aren’t quite so excusable.

Here’s Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen signing their book at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan yesterday – along with some protestors. Photographer: A. Miller. Images thanks to WENN and Fame.

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  1. Shelly Shellz says:

    I can understand being a celebrity can be a bit overwhelming alot of times but honestly…the reason u stay a celebrity is bc of the fans. To market the release of a book w an autograph signing is the best way to get the most purchases in one day but to say “good, u bought my book, now dont speak to me, dont take pictures, dont ask anything just take the signature and walk away” is a terrible way to conduct a signing and it’s a slap in the face to everyone who shelled out the $ and stood in line all that time dealing w such ridiculous rqsts.

  2. clare says:

    The Olson Twin World sounds depressing.

  3. TC says:

    They have tons of money, why do they continue to do this stuff if they don’t want to deal with the public? Makes no sense.

  4. Oversneer says:

    Even funnier was the PETA protester who showed up wearing a fur-trimmed coat.


  5. Enonymous says:

    Both girls look great, they look much happier and way more healthier (especially Mary-Kate).

  6. gia says:

    i am not a fan, but the rules sound reasonable to me for such popular celebs.

  7. Laura says:

    I used to be the Manager of a Bookstore, and rules # 3-9 are more like standard rules for these things, vs requests the Olsens would have made. As a retail business we really had to control things for events so that it runs smoothly and didn’t mess up other shoppers who were there just to make regular purchases.
    I’ve had events where we’ve even had pre-printed information sheets, signs, and employees to handle the crowd and someone invariable wanders up, with no wrist band, no purchased book, expecting to get facetime with a celebrity or take part in an event.

  8. aspen says:

    I worked in one of the largest independent bookstores in the country back in the mid-90′s. We had everyone from Anne Rice and Stephen King (nicest man EVER) to Mary Engelbreit and Martha Stewart come in for book signings.

    We had to make some pretty stiff rules for the events…but not allowing the signees to speak to the author? Wow, that’s rich. Martha Stewart was the only author we EVER had who seemed put out by having to talk to her fans, but she DID manage to force herself and just took out all her frustration at having to do so on the store’s staff.

    So yeah…book signings are not film premieres. These little brats should stay home if they’re gonna be such raggedy asses about it.

  9. vdantev says:

    After they signed the book I’d give them a big thumbs-up and say in the loudest most childish voice I could, “OK dude!!”

  10. Tina says:

    :lol: vdantev! your sense of humor is KILLER. for those out there, that was one of “michelle tanner”‘s cute little catch phrases on Full House.

  11. tigerlille says:

    These rules are pretty standard for book signing events where a large # of people wanting their book autographed are anticipated. They are designed to ensure that as many people are able to get autographs as possible, so that people will not be disappointed. I encountered a similar situation recently at a book signing for Amy Tan following a speech she gave. In Amy’s case, she has a chronic illness, and wanted to get as many autographs signed as possible before she had to stop because of fatigue. There isn’t time for every fan to talk to an author, and those who lose their opportunity to get an autograph so that someone ahead of them in line can chat with the celebrity are not going to appreciate the situation.

  12. WTF?!?! says:

    TC: They fancy this good PR, which is why they’re doing it.

    tigerlille: this is not exactly the way these things work. I’ve been to book signings at that Barnes & Noble, and the limit on number of the book being promoted is usually limited to three or five, not one, and the no conversing/no pics rule is unheard of. A few briefly exchanged pleasantries is standard– how do they know who to sign it to if you don’t talk to them?

    The purpose of seeing them in person is for personal contact, and a photo at a PUBLIC appearance is not unreasonable, especially when you’re spending $35 plus tax on their book. And the fact that they aren’t signing a few hundred additional books for people caught at the end of the line is incredibly snobbish.

    These chicks are just weird, but not as weird and hypocritical as the PETA Freaks.

  13. Jeanne says:

    There’s something wrong with them.

  14. whatevs says:

    What a bunch of bitches. I’m surprised anyone was allowed to make eye contact with them. Or was there something about that in their autograph clause…

  15. precious says:

    hi y love your movie full house and ashley bye