Jason Momoa has attracted criticism from some of his fans after he posted a string of photos from inside the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.
Photography or filming in any form is banned in the iconic landmark, which means you'll never get a selfie with arguably Michelangelo's best known work, The Last Judgement fresco.
Fun fact: Most people think it is to protect the historic mural, but the real reason is that a Japanese company actually owned copyright on the interior – a deal that had been made when the company funded restoration in the early 1980s.
That copyright claim expired in 2019, but happy snaps are still banned, which is exactly why people were furious to see photos taken inside the Chapel of the Game of Thrones star.
Momoa's critics have cried about how there seems to be one rule for the public and another for celebrities.
One social media user said: "We can't take pics but [of course] celebrities can. Nothing against Jason (I adore him) but it's not fair."
A second chimed in: "So they let the rich and famous film in there but us peasants can’t."
A third went right for the jugular: "So wait… pics in here are prohibited yet somehow, although I love you [Momoa], you can have the room cleared out just for you and take group pics. I mean, just wow, the privilege of famous folks. Goes to show what BS places like this are with their silly rules."
The photos in question have remained on Momoa's social media, but the Aquaman actor did make another post to apologise to his fans for his actions.
"Just want to send my absolute admiration for the Italians and this beautiful country. [I also] want to send apologies for any disrespect," Momoa said.
He added: "I love your culture and history."
Ignoring the fact that the Sistine Chapel is in the Vatican - wholly a separate country to Italy - some were left confused by his apology, in which he appeared shirtless, sweaty, and at the gym.
One Instagram user said: "For the love of God."
A second added: "Famous or not hon, you're a human being and as such, respect should be given."
A third commented, leaping to his defence: "People complaining about your private tour can't understand the good in others and other people's good intentions."
The apology video has reached more than 3.3 million views as of Monday morning (May 16).
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