Are the Paparazzi Too Vicious?
According to a new California law, they definitely are.
There are two sides to the paparazzi debate: on the one hand, celebrities say it’s the worst part about being famous. They don’t feel safe, they feel their lives are put in danger, they don’t like being followed, and they consider it to be a huge invasion of privacy.
On the other hand, it’s really one of the only downsides of being a celebrity, and people are well aware of that before they enter into the industry. The paparazzi make their living off of getting the best photos, which is why they go to such great lengths to do so. Magazines and media outlets will pay paps big bucks for an exclusive photo, because the average person, like you and me, creates a large demand for them. We want to see celebrities without makeup on, what they wear to the grocery store, and how they do normal things “just like us.”
Considering both sides, California passed a new law on Tuesday (the 13th anniversary of Princess Diana’s fatal car crash) with a 43-13 vote that will fine paparazzi $5,000 or one year in jail if they ignore or break traffic laws or they block a celebrity’s car from moving. A very influential piece of evidence that probably swayed most state officials was the following video, which depicts Kate Moss and her children being attacked by paparazzi at LAX airport in 2008.
You tell us that’s not one of the scariest things you’ve seen in awhile. Imagine what it must’ve been like for Kate and her poor kids. We’re sure she and many other celebs are thrilled about this new law. (The Star)
Tell us: do you think there should be more laws to restrain paparazzi?
Faye Brennan is assistant editor at BettyConfidential.