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Monday, August 23, 2010

Week 10

I think that many people in the public eye end up being hounded by the paparazzi because of their own actions. When public figures act out in public, they can expect to find themselves in tabloids and all over the internet. For instance, if Lindsey Lohan behaved herself, there would not be as much interest in her. She brings on this attention herself. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2010/07/lindsay-lohan-nail-message-was-a-joke/1?csp=34

With that being said, I believe that all people have a right to their privacy. Many public figures do try to maintain some level of privacy and I do not believe that the paparazzi have the right to pursue them at will. If someone took a picture of me, with a high-powered camera lens, I think that would be stalking. If someone followed me around attempting to take pictures of my children, I would fear for their safety. While public figures can expect that they will be photographed when in public, they should not fear for their own or their children’s safety.

Many celebrities have release photos of their own children in order to stop the paparazzi from stalking them for pictures. These pictures bring in big money for the photographers, so they become very aggressive. This behavior would land them in jail for stalking or harassment if it were directed at a regular person. Celebrities do not have the same protection from this behavior, though. It is hard to define where the celebrity’s public life end and their personal life begins because they live in the spotlight. Without a doubt, any stalker-like behavior that puts them in danger, invades their privacy, their homes, or involves their children, should be completely off limits. I can understand the cases of famous people who break the cameras of the paparazzi that stalk them. After all, Princess Diana died in a car accident while trying to avoid the paparazzi. That is just not right. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/31/newsid_2510000/2510615.stm

2 comments:

  1. Good post Kim. Excellent point about Princess Diana. You would think after that someone would have come up with some laws and penalties regarding the paparazzi. Maybe someday....

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  2. Thanks for the comments Andy. I remember watching the news the morning after Princess Diana's crash and being sick. It is so sad that we live in a world that people could cause this accident for a picture.

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