While crowds, lines, and inconvenient wait times are a part of everyday life for most people, Hollywood celebrities are much less patient and forgiving.
Accustomed to VIP treatment and line-cutting, some of those stars had their patience tested after Sunday night’s Golden Globes, when more than one thousand industry figures and their guests spent hours waiting in an L.A. parking garage for shuttles to the after-parties. The Hollywood Reporter has since named the incident “Shuttlegate.”
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Those attending Golden Globe after-parties being held at the Beverly Hilton hotel by HBO, The Weinstein Company, and Fox were told to park and meet at a parking structure at 1999 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. The stars were to then be transported 1.5 miles away, to the Hilton by shuttle, as the hotel was not allowing pedestrian access.
According to numerous reports, things did not go as planned.
Due to added security measures at the garage, area road construction, and a shortage of buses, some stars waited in line at the garage for up to three hours for a ride.
The celebrities and their guests, who were all decked out in formal evening wear and ready to party, were not shy about voicing their grievances.
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Fuller House actress Jodie Sweetin and 22 Jump Street actress Amber Stevens West were reportedly among the lower-tier stars that opted to take shuttles. Both ladies were spotted in line on Sunday.
An unnamed female guest who had removed her stiletto shoes was overheard saying, “This is like waiting to get off the Titanic,” reports TheWrap.
The industry site reports another person was quoted as saying, “He just won Best Drama, but it’s cool, his family will wait.”
That comment was reportedly made in reference to Mr. Robot showrunner Sam Esmail.
Meanwhile, The Whispers star Milo Ventimiglia complained, “I feel like I’m in a prison junk yard.”
Actress Jamie King (Pearl Harbor, Sin City) was overheard complaining, “It was like a prison camp.”
Deadline quoted one lighthearted insider, who quipped, “Us one-percenters don’t like to stand in line and there we were.”
The insider added: “It was so funny.”
According to TheWrap, due to the shuttle snafu, post-show parties that are usually busy were half empty.
Once enraged and tired guests finally arrived at the Beverly Hilton, they were met by security guards carrying machine guns and half-empty ballrooms. Most people arrived three hours after the broadcast concluded.
An industry publicist complained to The Hollywood Reporter that people were too “impatient” over the debacle.
“People in L.A. are way too impatient. Calm the f—k down,” said the publicist. “There’s a lot of construction and security issues.”