Claire Foy refuses to sign fan autograph with a blue pen: ‘I don’t do blue’

Claire Foy
Credits: The Crown/Netflix

Claire Foy was seen refusing to sign fan autographs for the most bizarre reason in a viral video. On Friday, December 15, ‘The Crown’ actress made headlines when she declined to sign a fan’s autograph with a blue pen as she was escorted into Rockefeller Center in New York City.

In a TikTok video that has amassed over 1.5 million views, the actress, 39, stated firmly, “I don’t do blue, sorry.” The surprised fan questioned her decision with a puzzled “What?” to which Foy reiterated, “I don’t do blue.” The exchange left the man audibly groaning as he let out an “Oh, come on.”

On the other hand, Foy continued her entrance into the building. Shortly after the incident, Foy was approached by another bystander equipped with a black Sharpie, which got her to sign them an autograph.

Netizens find Claire Foy’s move petty

Several individuals swiftly expressed their disapproval in the comments section, criticizing what appeared to be a petty move. One user found it peculiar, stating, “That is the weirdest thing. No blue, wonder what the reason is?” Another disappointed fan remarked, “I loved her so much since ‘The Crown,’ but was pretty disappointed in her here.” A third person hit at the actress, saying, “She could have signed in blue. She’s not writing her personal signature, she’s just scribbling.”

Fans rushed to Foy’s defence

In defense of Claire Foy, some fans offered an alternative perspective, asserting that using blue ink might pose a higher risk of forgery. “Most celebrities and athletes are taught not to do blue ink cause you can scan and forge the signature on other things and sell them,” explained one supporter. Another individual shared their newfound knowledge, stating, “I was today years old when I learned that you shouldn’t sign in blue because it’s easy to forge.”

Why did Foy leave ‘The Crown’?

Claire Foy, who played young Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, garnered two Emmys, two SAG Awards, and a Golden Globe. After seasons 1 and 2, Olivia Colman and Imelda Staunton took over the role in subsequent seasons.

Foy expressed contentment with leaving the show, citing personal well-being. In an interview, she stated, “I’ve got a lot of love for the people who are still doing the show, but for my own sanity, I ended the show when I ended it. I let it go and moved on, and I think that’s quite healthy.”

Foy’s performance was praised by Queen’s former press secretary

Despite being famous for her iconic role as the young Queen, Foy does not only want to be known for starring in the Netflix series. She emphasized, “I don’t feel like I’m defined by playing Queen Elizabeth. It’s a huge honour that people liked that character…I’m not trying to actively go against that.”

Moreover, while criticizing Colman and Staunton’s portrayals, Queen Elizabeth II’s press secretary Dickie Arbiter said words of praise for Foy’s acting as he called her performance “brilliant.”