The fact that people look ridiculous using them is only one reason. Most businesses say these monopods are a growing safety concern for art and historical artifacts as well as the visitors coming in to view them.
Moreover, no one likes a rod of steel being poked into their faces, do they now?
Take this incident, for instance. A British man visiting the Sydney Harbor recorded a fight between two other tourists – an American and Japanese man – with selfie sticks on a boat.
The fight is hilarious, though a lot of viewers on YouTube think it could be a staged act. Terry Tufferson, the man who filmed the entire thing, has a couple of more videos on his channel that add to this suspicion. For example, this tornado threat looks less than convincing:
So does his face off with a great white shark: