Viral clip of Anne Hathaway talking to fans in Rome sparks fierce debate about whether she’s being ‘rude’ – so what do YOU think?

A heated debate has erupted online after a clip of Anne Hathaway greeting fans in Italy went viral.

The A-list actress, 41, wears a shimmering fuschia dress in the cutwho was filmed after the Valentino fashion show last summer, exiting her car as crowds cheered her name and asked for selfies.

With far too many people lining the streets to stop and take pictures with them all, Anne instead stands patiently and gives them the chance to take pictures of her standing alone, waving and smile.

She even tries her hand at speaking Italian in the recently resurfaced TikTok clip and narrates fans: ‘Me can’t take pictures with everyone because there are too many of you but I’ll stand here and wave if you want to take a picture.

“Mi dispiace (I’m sorry), but I want you to have something, so if you want, I’ll just wave a little.”

A heated debate has erupted online after a clip of Anne Hathaway greeting fans in Italy went viral, with fans debating whether or not she was being rude

A heated debate has erupted online after a clip of Anne Hathaway greeting fans in Italy went viral, with fans debating whether or not she was being rude

Anne continued: ‘Thank you for understanding. Thank you for waiting.’

As one eager fan continued to press for a selfie, Anne added: ‘I can’t get (a photo) with you because then I have to get a photo with everyone – it’s too much but very thank you.’

The Princess Diaries actress then giggled as she thanked everyone for their patience, before uttering a string of sentences in Italian.

As the clip also spread on X, formerly Twitter, fans debated whether she was being polite or rude to her fans, arguing: ‘Very polite. Celebrities are not obligated to engage with fans’; ‘I will never understand how sheepish people are with celebs. Stop idolizing them, they are only human.

“I feel she handled it well, especially if it was in-the-moment.”; ‘Absolutely not she is fair and personally I can respect her for what she said.’; ‘Rude and fake polite at the same time’;

‘Absolutely. Very gracious.’; ‘With how long she took to be condescending, she could have possibly signed and taken the pictures. She was unnecessary.’; ‘I think she is what she is – an obnoxious narcissist.

‘She is extremely polite and sets boundaries. I can respect that. And this is the best way to control the situation.’; ‘Very polite; she has no obligation to even pose for a photo. I know people are excited, but they also need to be mindful that celebrities are people with personal lives too. As she said, there are too many, and she couldn’t possibly pose or sign for them all.

‘Is ‘deflective’ an option?’; ‘She is not very gracious to her fans. In reality, she is probably repulsed by them. What does she have to do that is so important that she couldn’t take 20 selfies with her fans?’

Faced with the fact that there are far too many people in the streets to stop and take pictures with them all, Anne instead stands patiently and gives them the chance to take pictures of her alone

Faced with the fact that there are far too many people in the streets to stop and take pictures with them all, Anne instead stands patiently and gives them the chance to take pictures of her alone

As the clip also spread on X, formerly Twitter, fans debated whether she was being polite or rude to her fans.

As the clip also spread on X, formerly Twitter, fans debated whether she was being polite or rude to her fans.

The A-list actress, 41, wore a shimmering fuschia dress in the clip, which was filmed after the Valentino fashion show last summer (pictured earlier in the evening)

The A-list actress, 41, wore a shimmering fuschia dress in the clip, which was filmed after the Valentino fashion show last summer (pictured earlier in the evening)

The clip went viral after Anne made headlines this week for walking out of a Vanity Fair photo shoot.

The Oscar winner was ‘in hair and makeup’ when her team ‘was notified by a SAG-AFTRA staffer about the Condé Nast union walkout.

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According to Variety , Anne was reportedly unaware of the work stoppage when she originally arrived at the New York City shoot.

A source told the publication: ‘They haven’t even started taking pictures yet. As soon as Anne was made aware of what was going on, she just got up from her hair and make-up and left.’

Hundreds of unionized staffers at Condé Nast, the parent company behind legacy publications including Vogue and Vanity Fair, walked out on Tuesday in protest of impending layoffs.

As part of the NewsGuild action, 400 employees walked off the job on the news-heavy day, which saw the announcement of Oscar nominations and voting in a presidential primary.

The union urged people not to cross the digital picket line by refraining from visiting Conde Nast websites, which also include GQ, Bon Appetit, Glamour, Architectural Digest and Teen Vogue.

The union action comes after Roger Lynch, CEO of the company, said last fall that it would lay off five percent of the total staff – about 300 employees.

The clip went viral after Anne made headlines this week for walking out of a Vanity Fair photo shoot in support of the Condé Nast Union walkout (pictured in 2021)

The clip went viral after Anne made headlines this week for walking out of a Vanity Fair photo shoot in support of the Condé Nast Union walkout (pictured in 2021)