Magazines pay a lot of money for photos of celebrities, which is why paparazzi can get very aggressive and often break the law to get a shot that they want. Legislators have had difficulty dealing with them, mostly because any new law would also hurt the freedom of press and affect many regular people.
To get an idea of how terrible the paparazzi have become, SplashNews posted a new video, showing Katie Holmes stepping out of a NYC hotel with her 7-year-old daughter Suri (Tom Cruise's daughter) to find a group of photographers outside.
On the way to their car, Suri is becoming visibly agitated by all the men jumping around her. But when she ignores one photographer's request to turn around for the camera, he begins insulting her, calling her a "little brat" and a "b*tch."
Another photographer attempted to calm the first man down, telling him that it's inappropriate to speak to children that way, but this incident is just another reason for celebrities to worry that paparazzi don't mind crossing the line, even when it comes to kids.
Halle Berry has been fighting to create a law that would put restrictions on taking photographs of children of celebrities and public figures. "My daughter doesn't want to go to school because she knows 'the men' are watching for her," Berry testified recently.
Discuss: Should laws be passed to stop paparazzi from approaching and taking photos of children of celebrities?
Hate to agree with Halle Berry but the paps are crossing the line when they go after kids. There was an article about how prince William & his wife Kate will be going to great measures to keep their new kid away from the press no matter how much the public wants minute updates.
Not really if all you're doing is taking photos of people when they're out and about in the public space.
If you pass a law that says a person can't take a photo of someone else, in public, than basically it would open the floodgates to a billion lawsuits against people who unintentionally captured someone on film without their permission.
You should look the definition of trolling up, Sac, you big fat Texas dumb ass, because trolling is NOT telling some retard he's said something that is factually WRONG, and what you said regarding taking people's photo's in the PUBLIC DOMAIN is just downright ignorant.
Taking photo isn't really the problem. Mobbing someone to the point that they can't walk or drive away, insulting them to get a reaction, and slandering their names or image with false stories attached to these photos is the problem IMO.
Yeah, but that behavior goes far beyond infringing their right to privacy, which is what you said previously.
Agreed that some of the sh*t these parasites do in the public should NOT be allowed, and in the old days, it was more of just celebrity journalism, but the vicious competition among these animals has mutated them into modern monsters of harassment, and that is NOT okay.
@Sacdaddy: I agree with you regarding this particular story, and something should be done, but again, you can't talk about "rights to privacy" in the public sphere because in general you have none, outside the realm of your own body and possessions. And that's where I had an issue with what you said originally.
And then when I put a beak on my bashing, but before I could post it, you called me a troll.
Fair enough, Sac, as I was kind of trolling when I called Jordan an Uncle Tom, but I wasn't trolling here.
Anyway, I agree with what else you said about these lowlife sc*mbags, and yeah, something should definitely be done, because celebrity or not, it's f*cking wrong to harass people on the way to their car and then call their kids a bitch.
Man, my nigg@ Tommy C is gonna go all Jack Reacher on that (unt...
Suri was funny. "Get out of the way!" ha
Speaking of Reacher, I really enjoyed that movie. I'm not familiar with the original source material, so I went in with an open mind.
Also, The Way of The Gun is one of my all time favorite movies, and Jack Reacher is only the second film directed by Christopher Mcquarrie...They both had similar endings with the shootout, I thought...
Papparzzi take pictures because the're bought off them (plus, anyone can become a Pap...making a good penny)...depending on the scandal, popularity, or children, very handsomely. The money makes it worth their time.
The pictures are bought off major magazines or publications to paste in the magazine/ cover, or online This is done so the public can see celebrity do regular stuff or showcase a rumor or celebrity news. The point is to sell magazines. I do it myself, skimming it at the supermarket, waiting in line to buy my grocery.
They want to sell magazines because people actually buy it, increasing sales. So ultimately all this happens because there is an interest or a market for all the pictures to be taken.
And the interest is made when celebrities are interviewed to promote a film where they talk a little about themselves for all the fans that like their acting or the project. More interest, more box office.
Then when the celebrities' movie becomes profitable or the video scandal leaks out and before they know it, they're hunted down for that picture.
Now look at that...celebrities want their acting jobs, get their millions, have their faces plastered on side of building promoting their projects...they want people to know who they are. Then celebrities want to have pictures STOPPED taken after the project AND at the same time receive that fan base to sell their tickets...like a "Take my pictures, see my movies, buy my book...but don't bother me when I'm enjoying my money.." I've said it before, celebrities can't have selective fame!!
Having said that, some celebrities have publicly said that some celebrities WANT TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED!! They go to the hotspots, the popular club, or that famous outdoor restaurant "the Ivy" where people expect to see celebrities. But think about it, how come we always see pics of Lohan, The Kardashians or Paris Hilton (at her popularity) but you've never see pics of Harrison Ford, Denzel Washington (the guy coaches basketball!!), or Tom Hanks...they're popular as ever with their fans...they are always working...but seem to have a regular life.
If they don't want to seen or taken picture of, don't go in public to swanky places where the Paps are. Everyone curses the Paps, but we all buy the magazines, look at the online pics...we basically pay to keep them doing their jobs...
IT'S f*ckING INSANITY!!
As for Suri...her parents should beef up security and that piece-of-sh*t Pap should've gotten a slap in the f*ckin' mouth. The end.
It's an modern issue that wiil be obsolete once we destroy the cult of celebrity, which will be very soon. 10 years from now we'll all look back on this period in popular culture and laugh. Suri will too.
Champ1432writes: on July 13th, 2013 at 11:16:07 PM
I disagree, Stapes. I don't think the cult of celebrity is going anywhere. Not any time soon, anyway. I think it's only getting worse. The stories of these crazy paps only seem to get progressively worse.
Plus, we're so obsessed with celebrity these days, we CREATE celebrities artificially. The regular ones weren't enough, so now we make regular people celebrities through bogus "reality" shows. It started with actual celebs, then went to used-up, past-their-prime celebs trying to hold on to an ounce of fame and recognition. Now any douchebag can become a "celebrity" just by doing something stupid. Or doing nothing at all, really. "Jackass", "Buckwild", shows of that ilk, and people like Paris Hilton. These people have done nothing to deserve any kind of fame, but they're given it anyway. Granted, perhaps not on the same level as a legit "star", but it's there never the less.
I dont know, I disagree, I guess we'll see, I for one am raising my children in a mass media/cable tv free environment and I know Im not alone in this attitude towards mass medis driven hysteria and confusion, I'm optimistic, only time will tell.
I would hope that you're right, Stapes. I just fear otherwise. You would think that in a supposedly reasonable society this craving and adulation of all things celebrity would reach critical mass and implode sometime soon. You would think, "How much worse can it get?" But every time I think we're there, it just keeps going. You would think people would get sick of it with the saturation of it, the 24-hour news coverage, entire channels and websites and magazines devoted to nothing but celebrities, be they real or contrived. But it seems like the more we get, the more people want.
I guess a lot of people just want to look at someone that has what they consider an awesome life and wish they could have it, too. Or perhaps they just like knowing other peoples' business. I really don't know, because I don't understand it in the least. I look at most of these supposed celebrities and wonder how in God's name they function in any life, let alone one of fame and privlege. I just fear it's not going to end any time soon. But again, here's hoping you're right and not me, for society's sake.