Octavia Spencer’s diva behavior at a children’s book signing was allegedly so horrible, fans demanded refunds and walked out on the star.
Disgruntled fans of the actress were left furious when her shocking behavior and demands at a book signing caused many to leave in disgust.
The Insurgent actress was promoting her children’s book, Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective — The Sweetest Heist in History, at Barnes & Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles when she reportedly was just generally terrible to everyone in line.
“Octavia was mean, rude and horrible to everyone,” Angel Guzman, who attended the event and witnessed Spencer’s behavior firsthand, told the Daily Mail.
“Initially, there was a Q & A but Octavia acted like she was forced to be there and she took her anger out on all of us, including the kids,” Guzman explained. “Octavia’s answers were short and blunt and there were times she rolled her eyes to the back of her head like she couldn’t believe someone could ask such a stupid question. It quickly became a very uncomfortable situation for all of us. It was clear they just needed to proceed to the autographs because Octavia was not responding well at all to the questions.”
After taking a bathroom break that was so long people started to wonder if she had simply left, the Academy Award winner’s behavior went from bad to worse.
“Ordinarily, celebrities allow their fans to take a picture with them at these book signings, but Octavia said no touching, no coming around the table to take a pic with her and she also refused to have small talk with anyone — just give her the book to sign and keep it moving,” Guzman explained.
“And she didn’t even want to ask the customer what was their name, they had to tell the assistant standing nearby their name, she wrote it on a sticky pad and handed it to Octavia, who then signed the book and slid it over to the edge of the table for pickup, like it was a fast food window.”
Another witness told the Daily Mail that the actress demanded to see people’s receipts to prove they had just bought the book at that store before she would sign anything.
“I could not believe how rude she was to all of those people who were there to support her,” the unnamed source said. “When someone approached the table, Octavia demanded to see the receipt to prove they purchased the book before she would sign an autograph. It was outrageous — and insulting.”
But the last straw came when Spencer refused to autograph an 8 x 10 photograph in addition to her book for a huge fan.
“After several more encounters with her audience, a man approached with an 8 x 10 photo of Octavia for her to sign but she was clearly furious and said, ‘I’m NOT doing that,'” Guzman explained.
“The guy was devastated, saying he bought it specifically for that day, that he was a big fan and he promised he would not post it on any social media outlets but she didn’t care — she said ‘absolutely not.’ But she did sign the book he just bought and slid it across the table to the guy — who was absolutely dumbfounded. And boy, that was it. The crowd started to leave in droves and went directly to the counter to get refunds for the books.”
What does Spencer have to say for herself? She addressed the controversy on Twitter today.
Gotta laugh when ppl would acutally believe that you were rude to a child… at YOUR CHILDREN'S BOOK SIGNING.
— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) April 6, 2015
Of course, that doesn’t mean she wasn’t rude to any adults, so it’s not exactly a full denial of the story. Still, we hope it isn’t true because she is an immensely talented actress, writer and an otherwise good role model for girls.