Jack Harlow performs with NBA videographer’s gear
In a video posted to Twitter by the sports media publisher Over timeRapper Jack Harlow is shown adjusting the dials on a broadcast camera during a recent Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks playoff basketball game.
What Harlow did
Harlow, a rapper best known for the Grammy-nominated track What’s new, was seated fieldside during the Celtics-Bucks game directly behind a base camera operator. In the video posted to Twitter, he bends down and adjusts the “RET1” dial as the camera operator continues to film.
I’m certainly not an expert on broadcast cameras, but a bit of googling suggested that this dial affects the camera’s output or return signal. And it’s entirely possible that his adjustment had an impact on the video feed sent back to the broadcast control room. In other words, Harlow’s deception could have genuinely affected how the camera works.
While Harlow did not share the video himself, the Over time The Twitter account did with the seemingly light-hearted comment, “Jack Harlow bouta get somebody fired 😭.”
As you can imagine, it was mostly criticized. It was, after all, an extremely uncool decision, even for a seemingly cool celebrity.
The cameraman responds
While commenters on Twitter took issue with Harlow’s action, the camera operator, Tami Nguyenwas lighter about it.
Nguyen responded by tweeting “Hi @JackHarlow you owe me chicken fingers”, apparently a reference to the rapper’s love for (and exclusive menu with) KFC.
She also responded directly to Over timewriting, “Hi! It was me. No bad blood. His team apologized afterwards.
On her own Twitter account, Nguyen also pointed out that she was a cameraman, as much of the media coverage identified her as a cameraman, and it was not fired.
And, perhaps most damningly, she said she didn’t want to be harassed — presumably by impersonators — while she worked so she “may not be attending the next playoff games.”
Do not be dumb
Although Nguyen handled this whole situation with incredible professionalism, it is a situation she should not have been placed in. PopPhoto reader would consider playing around with the equipment of a fellow photographer or videographer, but in case it needs repeating, don’t. Stupidity may make headlines, but it’s unlikely to do your career any favors.
(Although if you ever find yourself backstage at a Jack Harlow concert, we wouldn’t necessarily blame you for fiddling with a few important dials on a keyboard or lighting.)