California Fights the Paparazzi
Berry, Garner back bill protecting kids
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 16:10
Celebrities seemingly complain about the paparazzi all the time for being too intruding, too pushy and sometimes even aggressive. Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to protect people who can’t protect themselves against paparazzi—celebrities’ children.
The bill was backed by high-profile celebrities such as Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner and Adele referencing “hellish conditions” brought onto their children because of paparazzi.
The new law goes into effect in January and will penalize paparazzi with 10 to one year in prison, along with a $10,000 fine.
I can’t decide what is more concerning or pathetic: the fact that the paparazzi act the way they do or the fact that many people buy into tabloids and entertainment magazines.
I can’t even exclude myself from the population that buys the magazines that tells us pointless details about insignificant people that have no impact our lives. Although I have no idea why I care what Kim Kardashian’s baby looks like or where Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were spotted over the weekend, I admit I still am fairly invested in pop culture.
However, I do not think that the consumers are to blame for the aggressive behaviors of photographers, especially when it may cause fear to children.
Many celebrities have been reported to fight back photo and videographers by shoving, attacking photographer’s cars, flipping them the bird or just getting into verbal confrontations. However, these are much less effective forms of making a change.
Berry, Garner and Adele actually made progress by using their transparency in society to create a positive change on their behalf.
If even half of the celebrities that have had problems with paparazzi in the past would band together to make some sort of a change, they would be much farther along than they are now. Verbally—and sometimes physically—abusing other people does not do anything to change the paparazzi’s behavior.
Hopefully other celebrities can take notes from the women involved in this movement rather than continue to complain about them.