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Thursday, August 26, 2010


As I watch television and notice the level of aggressiveness exerted by the paparazzi I cannot help but feel for those at the other end of the camera lens. I believe that if the paparazzi are following the current laws regarding paparazzi, then “legally” the public figures do not deserve protection, even though I personally think the public figures are entitled to walk about town without having cameras in their face at all times, but according to the law, as long as they are in areas that are not restricted by law, they are fair game.

A lot of celebrities love the attention, as it keeps their name fresh. Some are obviously irritated and some even resort to violent attacks on paparazzi. It has to be frustrating when you cannot take your child for a walk without someone hiding behind a bush secretly taking pictures that will appear in a national magazine, or even on TV. Being hounded by the paparazzi is something all public figures will have to deal with at some point or another, some get worse than others, and some have even died as a result. Princess Dianna allegedly was being chased down by the paparazzi when her car crashed resulting in her death. These types of incidents are likely to occur again as the paparazzi becomes more and more aggressive in their attempts to access public figures.

I believe in freedom of speech and expression, but there is a fine line between legitimate reporting and stalking. I really see no difference between taking pictures of someone nude in their house from a bush outside, and taking a picture of someone sitting in their backyard with their children from behind a fence on their property. Some of the ways the paparazzi gather these photographs are very unethical and possibly illegal, but the all mighty dollar drives this behavior. You always see paparazzi taking pictures of celebrities while they are shopping in a store or whatever. I have tried to take a picture of a shirt I wanted to get my girlfriend to make sure she wanted it, and was screamed at about that and told it was illegal! That is illegal, but waiting outside someone’s house until they take out the trash just to get a picture if fine? I do not think so.

Week 10 Sarah Anderson

In my opinion celebrities do deserve protection from the paparazzi, and the news media does not have the right to pursue these figures at will. These people may be famous but they are still human and still have feelings and emotions. These people have families and small children. It is a shame that many celebrities feel like they cannot take their children out in public without hiding them or having security surrounding them.

A public figure’s role as a public figure should end when they are not on stage or being filmed and their privacy should begin once they leave the set of a show, or are no longer being filmed. When they are in public with their families or friends they should be able to live their life just as we do. Celebrities are people too.

Being hounded by anyone is bothersome even we as normal people can agree to that.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Are they that much different than us?

That question really sums up what I think about celebrities. The only difference between me and them is that they happen to be really good at something or had the correct networking. For example, Tiger Woods got a lot of publicity the past several months. He's good at golf(darn good) but he still has human weaknesses. Although cheating on one's spouse isn't good, it happens all the time from both sexes. We can all sit here and pretend that we're more noble than him, but we've all done wrong in the past.

I believe that the press has the right to pursue a story on persons with whom they have a mutual agreement with. That way, nobody gets hurt in the process. I can't think of a single person who wouldn't care if they were being relentlessly stalked by a reporter 24/7. A person's pristine image can be ruined overnight or even over a single story in the newspaper or on TV. Again, everyone is human first above all their other roles.

The line between a person's public image and their private lives isn't the same for everyone. Some persons want to get the limelight no matter who else is there. Others only want the good stuff shown(tabloids take care of that though).

Tuesday, August 24, 2010



    For many years I have looked at this argument, and you truly have to look at all the angles, as if you were the judge and jury. Paparazzi have infamously made headlines for misconduct and truly rude let's say "ethics!" for over decades now. Stating this those still seek to watch, thus further stating more than ever now, and never the less people still find them intriguing enough to gorge themselves with their hysterical rants, reviews, and what we all know as their tenacious and most outrageous footage that constantly pops up on E.T. or E News weekly! I tell you it really tweaks my nerves at times. I would rather leave people to make their own lives than for others to rule them by how they are judged in the spot light. Now, you probably are thinking I am giving these media lights penance for some of their more deviant behaviors, I tell you and scream I am not! No I do not and never will justify their actions, some more uncanny than others, but still this is their business as ours is yours and mine, and should rightfully be in my eyes and of course my more bold opinion if you will. Let thy own self be true to thy actions and words because justice is sought in ways know man or woman can control without proper authority. That is truer than you know. I myself have had many troubles in my past it was bad enough having friends in family come to give me support or criticism sometimes even a swift kick in the well you know what but that's when I was younger. My point is it's bad enough those people being involved, so let me ask you this if you were fined for something or pulled over for maybe not something terribly wrong but still it happened, would you yourself want the world knowing or even worse yet people outside your own area code?!!! Come on people!!

So getting to the assignment, I will move on……….


I myself believe that the power of speech is sacred and true, and should not be made to put a clamp on, but too often than not people tend to abuse the privilege so harshly fought for a gained, that it makes me sad sometimes to be as we are. But unless this person or well media figure has committed a truly bizarre and despicable most heinous crime, that is unforgivable even by the higher powers themselves, then yes most certainly they should be protected, because unless it was as I mention before, to that extent, then we have know right knowing their personal endeavors, it is rude and further more truly without taste and to the lowest of classes. So shame on those, that indulge to much of their time to make a profit off of others misery is what I say! But if it is to the most outrageous and terrible nature then I believe yes as murders, and some of our greater know criminal minds of now and the past if they are of that nature then we as the people have the right to know for our own well being, it teaches a lesson, but that is in my eyes if only the way it is possible to give lead way or rights for the media to do so, because as I have made clear throughout all my blogs, family is the most important thing in this world and love for your fellow brother and sister. So what I want people to think about is remember all those people have families to, and if you had a day to walk a mile in their shoes, would you want your family to walk that mile with you because they were so unwillingly brought in on the event and caused harm by those actions. No I think most wouldn't or I hope they wouldn't. Just remember we all have loved ones and think of how those people in the spotlight feel every time their name is mentioned or a new photo is released.

Well further going into the assignment this is where it does get a bit harder, but to me still can remain the same,

I feel as a public figure yes you do have the role to uphold and do properly with what has been bestowed upon you and in a sense honor it don't abuse it. But it still means that unless the role itself was used in the poor judgment, if you understand what I am stating, if they were on that public time, because work is work, and when you go home your home, and some things that live at home should stay there to certain extents. But as I said before, if it is of harm to another in ways unforgivable, or things done so irreparably done that they could not be taken back and done so poorly then it needs to be known the justification of that irresponsible persons behavior so others may not follow in those same steps, I guess, I know I sound like a preacher on Sunday, but I have a point to this.

All in all everything has a time and place, things should be done with dignity, lead with the right foot, and always done the right way. That means the paparazzi should not be so quick to judge because what if the roles were overturned and suddenly those shoes were the ones strapped upon their feet, and for the public figures walk the line you would want to be seen in, but be cautious because there can always be those who are watching, just do the best you can an what you were raised with, and at the end of the day if you can live with what you have done, and know in your heart you did what was right and the best you could do, well then those who caused that harm will have charma following them around the next day.

In a further glance…..

So as it may it is what it is we can't change it but we can try to be better than the rest, and not give them an ear to turn. I just think and feel I wouldn't want it done to me and if I had the chance to do what they do, well people make mistakes sometimes you just have to hope that you did all the rest like no other, and made rave reviews of it all while you could and lived it up while the time you were given was there. It may not be right but it happens, but it doesn't have to continue if everyone takes stand.

Paparazzi or Glorified Stalkers?

In essence, these public figures do deserve protection from the paparazzi! No, the news media does not have the right to pursue these people. If the public figure wishes to participate in situations, which include the news media and/or the paparazzi, then they deserve the attention, if a public figure does not wish to partake in these antics then leave them alone. If a public figure is making a speech or a statement at a charity function, go ahead and take all the pictures you want, it will get the charity the publicity it possibly needs. When the public figure is involved with anything that is newsworthy, publish the information. Private matters such as the death of a loved one is just what I said, a private matter. No one has the right to impede on the family’s grief; I consider that deplorable. When a public figure brings home a newly adopted child, let them have time to bond. Children especially newborns, infants, and toddlers can feel the stress a parent has and it passes onto the child. Everyone is entitled to their privacy, especially the children of these famous people. Why would anyone want to hound celebrities shopping with their children? These children need as normal a life as possible and just by being the offspring of someone famous, does not give the paparazzi the right to hound these children. It is bad enough their parents put them on display why add to the drama. The paparazzi, in my opinion, take things a little too far at times. Hounding by anyone is annoying, let alone money hungry, picture-taking stalkers…yes I said stalkers. Paparazzi are nothing more than a glorified stalker who is paid to take pictures of famous and/or infamous persons. Yes, entertainers are in the public eye, I understand that, but why do us as consumers; need to know every little move these individuals take in their lives. These famous people worked hard to get where they are and some inherited their fame, Paris Hilton for example, but who are we to cross the line and enter their private world. Personally, I do not care how much cellulite Britney Spears has on her thighs, what person in their right mind would care.


sThe million dollar question.. Should celebrities be protected from paparazzi. I think that they deserve the privacy, but not that they will get it.
Each and every person in the world deserves their privacy. However, when you sign up for a job in the 'spotlight' you also know what all you are giving up. I am not saying it is right, but it is a little frustrating to see the people in the spotlight complaining about something that has been around forever. Why would one celebrity be any different than the rest? It is not like this is a new thing. So why I believe it would be the right thing to allow them their privacy, I can also realistically say that will probably never happen.
I can understand how people born into the lifestyle being upset though. I feel terrible for the children on reality shows, having to go through everything in their lives on television, with no say in the matter. I think that they deserve to have the cameras away from them too. At least adults ( actors, actresses, singers etc.) make the choice for themselves, those children have no choice. And they will be pounded by paparazzi for the rest of their lives. I see tabloids all the time showing 'child stars' that I have never heard of, and where they are now. Or just photos saying something about how bad they look, or that they got hooked on drugs. I don't feel bad for the adults, but the children should be left alone until they are old enough to make the decision for themselves.

Week Ten

From the newspaper, to the internet, to the television, to the magazines and to the radio, you always hear of some story about a famous figure. On the question whether or not the paparazzi should leave the people in entertainment and politics alone, vary from person to person. In some eyes, people wonder why someone is paying people to stock the famous people when if someone else did it, they would be arrested. Others will say, these people wanted to be in this and they knew what they were getting themselves into. The paparazzi are the price they have to pay.
The famous figures are the role models of many children, teenagers and even some adults. Many people want to know everything about these famous figures. In my opinion, I say just leave them alone. I am getting sick and tired of hearing about some famous person overdosing, getting in a car accident and etc. Sometimes, it hurts others that are in the business. I also agree that they knew this was going to happen so they should not really complain about it. Going back to the role model to many people in the world, if one behaves then one will not get a story out of the person. I guess money drives them mad.
As for protection from paparazzi, I have to say that one needs to have some free time away from everything. I have to say when someone is at home, they should not be bothered. Home is where the heart is. It is not a place for someone to get a story or picture from. Someone has to think though about the rights of the paparazzi. They have a right to take photos, right stories and etc. It is their job. They have to live too. In conclusion, famous figures should have protection from the paparazzi and some areas should be left alone so they can get away from everything. I have to end by saying this. These people knew what they were getting into and should not complain because of the paparazzi. They can just behave and be role models. The paparazzi cannot get anything that would cause trouble for them if they just do that.