Her tweet indicates that although the autograph sellers were exploiting her "celebrity," she did accommodate them. In return, they were rude. I have no problem with her calling them out for bad behavior.
To me, the notion that a person in the public eye should be pleased that s/he is expected to enable a total stranger to make a profit off of her/his autographs is absolutely absurd.
Refusing to give autographs to anyone (if that is what Eislauf is suggesting?) penalizes the true fans, and many celebrities (to their credit) would not feel right taking that kind of hard-line stance. I have no doubt that signing autographs for sincere admirers is gratifying to Wagner and to most other skaters.
(2) Being tired, embarrassed, tongue-tied, and/or forgetful is NO EXCUSE whatsoever for failing to thank Wagner.
- If the autograph seekers were true fans who had the energy, assertiveness, and presence of mind to make their requests, then they should have been capable of adding one simple word: "Thanks." How difficult could remembering and uttering that one extra word have been?
- And if the autograph seekers were true fans, they should have been sufficiently respectful to realize that Wagner is a human being who esp. at midnight might have been exhausted and preferring privacy. If they still could not resist approaching her, they at least should have been bending over backwards to be polite and appreciative.
As with any types of public figures, different skaters might choose to depend less heavily or more heavily on professional advice and input.
Wagner (again, to her credit) seems to know her own mind very well and to steer the ship of her own messaging to a large extent.