Pete Davidson is in the news again! We know what you’re thinking, and no–Pete Davidson does not have another new superstar singer/actress/model girlfriend. He is still in a steady relationship with Cindy Crawford’s daughter, Kaia Gerber.
Today, Davidson is causing a different kind of controversy. Reports are in that the stand-up comedian is now requiring fans to sign $1 million non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) before attending one of his shows.
A fan of Davidson’s from San Francisco shared details of the NDA on Facebook, writing, “I got an email today informing me that in order to see [Davidson’s] show I have to sign a non-disclosure agreement. In that NDA the signer CANNOT GIVE ANY INTERVIEWS, OPINIONS OR CRITIQUES about it in ANY form whatsoever including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any other social networking.”
Apparently, the NDA authorizes Davidson’s team to confiscate any cell phones, cameras, or other personal devices that are brought into the show.
It’s typical for comedians to ask fans not to record shows. After all, they work incredibly hard on their jokes, and it’s not cool when a leaker exposes what a comedian is working on before they’re able to release a special taping of their act.
The consequence for violating Davidson’s NDA, however, is a bit unusual: “ANY BREACH of the agreement will REQUIRE PAYMENT OF $1 MILLION in damages as well as the legal costs,” the fan reported.
Apparently, Davidson has quietly been doing this since at least early November. But is he (or one of his shows) worth the million-dollar fine for critiquing, discussing, or even having a public opinion about his jokes?
There’s something a bit Orwellian about being told you can’t publicly critique a person’s art. But a $1 million fine seems less about being aggressive and more about being an obvious deterrent to would-be offenders of the NDA.
As one of the youngest cast members to ever join SNL (he was 20 when he was hired), Davidson is a talented guy who’s unafraid to make provocative choices. It’s a little ridiculous, yes, but come on–a $1 million NDA is kind of hilarious, right?