Tommy Lee recently drew some heat from the Internet when he wrote a Facebook post asking fans to stop requesting pictures every time he walks outside. But it turns out the drumming legend has a pretty good reason to be irritated with photo-hungry fans: One of them asked for a picture while he was carrying his recently deceased mother's ashes. Wow.
I was speaking with Lee about Mötley Crüe's upcoming tour with KISS earlier today, when he told me the absolutely surreal, disgusting story about fame-fetish gone too far.
Lee started off the story with a warning, asking me, "Are you ready for this? This is going to f**king freak you out." Then he dove in: "My mother passed away recently," Lee explains. "I was picking up her ashes to take them home with me to do a service for my mother. And so I'm at the mortuary, I've got my mom's ashes in my right hand, and my girlfriend, I'm holding her hand with my left hand, and we're walking out. And the f**king lady, the receptionist, goes, 'Oh my god, can I take a picture with you?' And I looked and her and went [takes a deep breath], 'I'm sorry, but I'd rather not.'"
And if that wasn't classless enough, the receptionist went further.
"Then she was like, 'Are you sure?' And I couldn't even believe it—she asked me if I was sure. I'm f**king standing there with my mom's ashes and it's not the f**king happiest day on the planet for me. I couldn't believe it. I go, 'Okay, that's officially the most f**ked up thing that has ever happened to me.' I called the manager and said, 'You're not going to believe what just happened. I don't expect you to fire her or anything like that, but that was the most disrespectful bullsh*t I've ever experienced in my life.'
"I sat in the car, and I'm shaking, and my girlfriend goes, 'I'm so sorry honey,' and I was speechless. I didn't even know what to say. I couldn't believe a human being just did that."
So clearly the moral of the story is, "Don't be absolutely selfish and insane by pushing grieving people for photographs." But the sub-moral of the story is, "When stars complain about being hassled by fans too much, know that they probably have a few reasons to be wary."