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Feb 20th
03:22 pm
"But he smiled all the way through it..."  

I don't want to spend too much time on this because we've really moved on to other things, so just a few words...

Basically I was frustrated that the event planners seemingly did not do a sufficient job preparing for even the most likely problems and the mishandling of media coverage didn't help either.

It probably shouldn't have bothered me as much as it did. Maybe it was just because it seemed like a few small preventative steps could have averted the drama and left everyone more satisfied, things like having real crowd control, a weather contingency plan, and better setting up what Zac was doing there, i.e. no he's not there to learn to surf (duh, he already knows) and no he's not there to surf for the cameras (which the pros didn't do either as far as I know)... he's there to help out.

It was unfortunate that some people were rather disappointed and frazzled by the whole thing, in particular Annette Sharp. And that because Zac is the name, no matter what good intentions he came into the event with, he is the one on whom all the blame was transferred... unfairly.

Of course, in a situation like this the negative stuff tends to come first and then the good responses trickle through later. That is what has made me feel better about it over time. Finally some of what was really happening and how crazy it was came out. In particular, this radio interview came up...

So that was just really lovely to hear. Typical that he'd make the best of it. I am determined to do the same, lol. Anyway... that added some perspective and I appreciated it. Also, if you want to see Peter Harvey's original report (in which his pants went nuts) click here.

In another interview, Hamish and Andy talk to Layne Beachley about the crazy event:

Source: Twitter and FB (some via ZF)

Also there is a story about the event from one of the participants here.

FYI: I posted the Bondi interviews and other video with additional event pics from the restaurant here.
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
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IF U SEE K-A-H-L-I-L: Robbie Wadgevilain_garcon on February 20th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
omg he should totally smile more in fan pics! i'm a little confused on the drama though... what exactly happened?

Edited at 2010-02-20 10:27 pm (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on February 20th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
this one woman who participated was kind of very bitchy about him in her write up and video report of the event (and at times factually incorrect too... like saying vanessa was in the water too). she had reasons to be upset because the event was kind of miserable overall but she should've probably thought about the bigger picture before just blaming it all on him.

and then all the other media coverage which made it sound like he was too much of a baby to take a lesson or surf in public when that wasn't his goal at all. legit surfing wasn't even really feasible given the conditions and on top of that there was the onslaught of fans they had no way of controlling and did not plan for at all.

like i said, i probably overreacted but it got me down to think how a few small steps could've prevented some of that negativity.
vilain_garcon on February 20th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
it did seem like a mess of an event.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on February 20th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
i checked the webcams for bondi off and on all morning before the event started trying to see where they'd set up but nothing ever happened. i figured they'd at least put up barriers to keep fans organized. but nothing! and of course then there was just a mob of people. i was pretty baffled.

like i just lol at this pic because it looks like that guy is about to pick him up and throw him in the buggy to save him from the crush of fans and photogs:

i mean, the weather... there just isn't much to be done about that. but the fan and media situation was out of control.
vilain_garcon on February 20th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
i think this was a smack of reality for zac somewhat. he's probably more famous than he thinks and because of that situations are gonna be blamed on him that are out of his control. which sucks.
Audrey: audrey hepburnkylijah on February 20th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
hum awkward pic.

In the videos, I was pretty surprised that the only 'security' around was that small blonde woman.. she's in the pic actually. I mean, in the event of a riot, what was she going to do? Tackle the fans? Or was she hiding a taser gun... JK

All in all, it's pretty shitty. But there's more positive things now to focus on, so... yeah. I hope Zac's enjoying his vacation, if that's what he's doing now!
Daniheartunprepared on February 21st, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)
You didn't overreact at all. I've followed this event really closely, read every article, I scoured the news stations here - exactly as you just said, the general vibe of the coverage was just very slanted and inaccurate and it upset me. In the grand scheme of things, no one is paying attention to the minor details though. One of the ladies at my work whose daughter loves Zac knows I love him too and she commented to me 'I saw that Zac is here, mate he's looking mighty fine!' and she had to ask me why he was here because she didn't quite understand why, she just knew he'd been at the beach looking hot and he'd been mobbed by fans.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on February 20th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
pretty uneventful day.

why is it that people on facebook whom you barely know or have never met in person find the time to wish you happy birthday but your "friends" can not when you know well and good they're active on the site. I even have a friend who shares this birth day and one of my friends sent her a wish but not me.

makes me sad. and what ever happened to a phonecall??
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators): birthday beachehs_wildcats on February 20th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
:( i didn't know it was your birthday till you mentioned it, but i am happy to provide you with more spam!! <3

here have a cupcake:

zaccy23zaccy23 on February 20th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday. I'm sorry your friends are disappointing you today. I can totally relate. This is the first year a lot of my good friends forgot mine. But it's okay. Enjoy your day for you and be thankful for the friends and family who did remember:) Plus you are way too awesome to be upset on such a great day!!!
butterflybee260: pic#92303818butterflybee260 on February 20th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)

Happy birthday Matty! :D
vilain_garcon on February 20th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
happy bday!
IceGoddess: cover boy dirty little secretccmskatechick on February 20th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Ugh ugh ugh that's ass - I'm so sorry.

Know you've got some people here that think you're all sorts of faboo. Happy birthday!
Audrey: zefkylijah on February 20th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
i dont know you, but anyway.. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great one and many happy returns.

People suck sometimes, I'm sure your friends will come through tho!
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Tizaudrey_za on February 21st, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Happy birthday again (and sorry about my confusion earlier)!
jessica3311: Learn to ridejessica3311 on February 21st, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
Happy birthday Matty!!!! Hope u have an amazing one!!
germangirl89germangirl89 on February 21st, 2010 10:40 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday from me too... I just hope I am not too late... stupid timezones...

samwise gamgee.: zac. adonis.colfer on February 21st, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
he looks so pretty in the first three fan pics... smiling with his eyes AND his mouth, which has become rare for him.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on February 21st, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
I didn't know/hear until I saw this post that things were hectic/crazy or that Zac was being blamed for/by disappointed event goers. I get it, he's the 'big name' there, so blame will easily be pushed to his corner, but I hope the event was at least able to raise awareness (or funding- if that was the mission at hand) for the One Sight foundation.

I scrolled down to that photo of him holding out the dvd and kind of leaned back from the screen like 'Get that yoga dvd out of my face, Zachary'.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on February 21st, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
like tbh, part of my concern was that i wasn't sure how far it would go and i'm glad that it didn't get worse than that. but at the time it did get me down for a bit :( i really try not to get wrapped up in that stuff because i can't control it of course, but knowing that one major reporter there saw the truth of the situation was a definite relief to me.
The Writers Denmusewriter on February 21st, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
I didn't know there was any drama, though I thought it seemed a little odd that the one reporter said that Vanessa was in the water when she wasn't. Is she the same one who asked him like six different ways if he knew how to surf. THAT was annoying.

Either way, I think it's awesome that he did it for charity. Kudos, Zef.

Oh, and Happy Birthday Matty!
shadow830: Bondi Feb 2010shadow830 on February 21st, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting all of that. I hadn't heard the radio interview. And the magazine blog the girl wrote was cute.

Could it be that the people who arranged the event were totally oblivious to the hysteria that surrounds Zac when he is making a known public appearance? It's a shame because it might have been an event Z probably would have enjoyed if it had gone smoothly.
jessica3311: Learn to ridejessica3311 on February 21st, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
Love all the fan pics <3 That one negative article annoyed me as well LOL
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on February 21st, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Good luck to Christian at the BAFTA awards!!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes. My day did get better. :)
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on February 21st, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
:( didnt win.

i'm convinced no one saw this movie.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on February 21st, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
ia that not enough people saw it. that said, christoph waltz would've been hard to beat no matter what. :( but hopefully more people will see christian's performance on dvd because it really deserves to be seen.
🦉willbeloved on February 22nd, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Unrelated, but thought you'd enjoy this.

hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on February 22nd, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
lol. i had seen the pic but reading those people's comments is hilarious!