Looks to me there is no denying it, that is a pick if I ever saw one. There is a purpose behind that action and there's no "spin" to put on this move. A pick, undeniably. Could this be the reason for the failed presidential bid? Were voters haunted by this image inside the booth? Sorry Hillary, this can't be good for business. Now do us all a favor and don't get caught doing this over at French President Nicolas Sarkozy's table. They already think we are a bunch of vile Americans. We don't need you stirring the pot. And Hill, try and use a tissue next time, please.
Elizabeth, I am astounded! That is a pick, my dear. A full on, engaged in combat, digging for gold, pick. Tsk, Tsk. For such a private woman, you certainly chose a strange time to "get real" with your subjects. How bad could it have been? It's possible you dipped into the gin a little too hard this time, because this is a definite breach of protocol. I will give you this, at least you had the decency to use a gloved finger. There may be hope for you yet, Liz.
This is clearly a scratch and perfectly acceptable public behavior for Kate Hudson. Upon close inspection the index finger is on the outer nostril and clearly relieving a topical irritation. No way this could be construed as a pick. Even her body language suggests a casual scratch, with no tension in her expression or her finger. No, there is clearly no motive for her finger to be in the vicinity of her nose except to graze. A scratch, no doubt.
HOLY BATMAN! Michael Keaton is in full on pick mode. The worst part is, he is engaged in this behavior while eating at a restaurant. Did he think no one could see him??? As his body language suggests, he is being somewhat secretive, shielding his move by hunching over and trying to poorly cover it up with his other arm. It's as if he's saying, "Look away, nothing to see here." Unfortunately for you the paparazzi thought differently. Imagine seeing that on the cover of The National Enquirer. You have defiled the good name of The Caped Crusader forever.
This one is too close to call. Because of the angle of the shot, one can't be entirely sure if it's a pick or a scratch. I say, WHO CARES? Jake is pretty much perfect in my book and even this was a flagrant pick, at most, Jake got the camera angle correct.
Although, his expression is tensed and suggests an uncomfortable moment. It's possible whomever he was speaking to on the phone said something unpleasant, hence the expression. His finger could have been snapped in motion while reaching to push his sunglasses up. Yeah, that's what it is! Jake would never pick in public. We hope.
Niki Hilton is engaged most undeniably in a pick. The heiress, a multi-tasker, doesn't have the time to half-ass this task, she needs to get in, get out, and move on to the next task. And the amazing thing is that she can do it all while carrying on a telephone conversation with her agent.
What bothers me here is that I don't see her carrying any hand sanitizer and by the looks of things, she's going to need it. Notice how she closes her eyes while going in for the kill? She has no time for shame because she has a 12:30 lunch date!
A pick or a scratch, celebrity or not, even I was taught that it's bad manners to pick in public. But as luck would have it, most of us aren't followed around by the paparazzi every day.
I'll just quietly get back on my high horse and go back to my life.