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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Paparazzi

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.

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