Celebrities vs. the paparazzi:::.what's your opinion?

emo ♥ Яenju 2012/06/06 07:15:07
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Justin Bieber's wanted for questioning by police after he and a photographer trying to take pictures of Bieber and his famous girlfriend Selena Gomez had a confrontation at The Commons at Calabasas shopping mall outside Los Angeles on Sunday. As TMZ reported, "The photog had been blocking Justin's car as the singer was trying to leave. Justin got out of the car and asked the guy to move away but he wouldn't, and a scuffle ensued." The photographer was eventually transported by the Los Angeles County Fire Department to a local hospital, although it seems unlikely that the pint-sized Bieber could inflict much pain on a man who reportedly holds a black belt in karate.
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The incident once again highlights the strange relationship between celebrities and the photographers who follow their every move in order to get a shot they can sell to news organizations. These images are worth hundreds, thousands, or, in the case of wedding or baby photos, even millions of dollars today. How did we get to this point? According to NPR, the phenomenon originated in post-World War II Italy, where lots of American movies were being filmed because it cost less than making them stateside, so lots of movie stars were always spotted milling around. Italy's high unemployment rate mean that lots of men without jobs were around, too, and they soon realized that they could make money by turning a camera on the actors. They could make even more money if they forced a confrontation with one of these stars. Legendary Italian director Frederico Fellini gave the celebrity-trailing pack of photogs a name when his 1960 film about a journalist, "La Dolce Vita," featured a photographer named Paparazzo.

The decades since have seen a huge increase in the number of news organizations that use those images — and not just those focused on celebrity news, such as omg!. In part, to feed this appetite for candid images of famous faces, the men and women behind the cameras have become increasingly aggressive in pursuing the perfect shot. They often yell out questions or comments at the celebs to try and invoke a response, and can often be quite dangerous when they're trailing behind stars on the road. We all remember Princess Diana's shocking 1997 death in a car crash following a high-speed chase in Paris that was blamed on the paparazzi. However, Peter Howe, the author of the non-fiction book Paparazzi, told NPR last year that the tragedy couldn't be pinned only on the people with the cameras. "A lot of the people who were most vocal about how awful those photographers were to be chasing her were exactly the same people whose obsession with her had been fueled by similar photographs, and who'd bought magazines with pictures of her in them time and time and time again," Howe noted. "So it is a very complex relationship. The celebrities themselves who are the subject matter ... they will tell you how awful these people are, but they will also use them whenever it is convenient for them." Celebrities, who chose a career in the spotlight, are thankful for the cameras at red carpet premieres of their latest movies, for example. And some of them who desperately want publicity — former "Hills" stars Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag come to mind — have even been known to call the paparazzi themselves.
But sometimes, celebs are not in the mood to smile for the cameras. Less than three weeks before the Bieber incident, Halle Berry lashed out at photographers outside her daughter Nahla's school in L.A. Berry, whose confrontation was caught on video, later explained that some of the paparazzi had come too close to her daughter. The Oscar-winning actress opened up about the incident in an interview with "Extra." "I hate that I lost my cool, but you know, I'm human," Berry said. "That happens and when it comes to my daughter — I'm ferocious." Berry later told "Access Hollywood" that she planned to talk to L.A. law enforcement officials particularly about paparazzi photographing children. "I am going to get together [with some people] and figure out what we can do at our local level in Los Angeles because it is becoming child exploitation," she said. "Our children should be off limits. They are innocent little babies that don't need to be exploited all over these magazines. I'm fair game. I get it. But my kids, kids at my daughters school should not be harassed like that. It's just wrong, wrong, wrong." Berry is reportedly interested in moving to France, the home of her actor fiance Olivier Martinez, where laws regarding the paparazzi are more strict.
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of course, plenty of other celebrities have clashed with photographers through the years — and it had nothing to do with their children. In 2010, Russell Brand famously shoved a man behind the lens shooting him and Katy Perry at Los Angeles International Airport. That same year "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf threw hot coffee on a paparazzo in Washington, D.C. Two years earlier, Kanye West took a camera from a photographer and smashed it. A newly-bald Britney Spears infamously attacked a photographer's car with an umbrella in 2007 in L.A. Back in 1986, future Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn dangled a paparazzo from a ninth-story balcony after he found the man hiding in his hotel room on the Chinese island of Macaco. (Penn claims that he escaped from prison, and has since been pardoned from a charge of attempted murder.) And the list of confrontations between celebs and the paparazzi goes on and on and on...
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Whose side are you on in the battle between celebrities and the paparazzi? Do you think being followed by photographers is just something that comes with the price of fame, or does today's paparazzi go too far?

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  • Jorge Enriquez 2012/07/06 16:57:29
    i think
    Jorge Enriquez
    waste of time, really, both....
  • **weaselbee::StarkidJay* 2012/06/15 01:45:59
    i think
    If he asked the photographer to get out of the way and he didn't, then I side with the Biebs on this one.
  • merlin 2012/06/07 20:16:04 (edited)
    i think
    Money Power they new the paparazzi was there before they started this job! Don't like it do like the rest of us haft-a do start a new carrier! But i don't think you will like the pay in the new job market. I'd stick with the one you have paparazzi if i were you because i don't think you could handle http://www.portlandonline.com... framing crews the real world roofers and you definitely would not like the pay!
  • Denny 2012/06/07 02:53:44
    i think
    I think Celebs wouldn't survive without the paparazzi. They probably hire them.
  • bansheebanski 2012/06/06 22:55:04
    i think
    i think its part of being famous......i want to be famous:(
  • MichaelDillon 2012/06/06 22:08:34
    i think
    Paparazzi repellant ... flame
  • merlin Michael... 2012/06/07 20:34:21
    That's right folks we get all your news strait from the paparazzi clan
    paparazzi running away in fear
    fresh in man caught on camera using what he said to be "Paparazzi repellant" on another magazine's crew luckily we were there to get the footage above on camera!
    LOL "Just Kidding" Michael Hay watch that flame thrower
    burnt news van ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2012/06/06 21:53:09
    flyingseaturtle BN
    1. I don't care how celebrities live their lives but there are people who do. There needs to be a balance between access to the stars and their privacy.
  • RICK 2012/06/06 21:39:23
    i think
    Paparazzi are out of control.These types of incidents are going to escalate if something is not done.
  • Trisha 2012/06/06 18:12:32
    i think
    I think the paparazzi need to leave celebs alone!
  • Mz Understood 2012/06/06 17:48:12
    i think
    Mz Understood
    I think the paparazzi are dirt bags and they need to back off. If I had some dumb azz following me around, snapping pictures every time I took a breath...I'd snap.
  • none 2012/06/06 17:19:40
  • Jack's Pearl 2012/06/06 16:08:48
    i think
    Jack's Pearl
    Celebrities have equal human rights to all of us. They do not deserve to be hounded without permission.
  • Sammi </3 2012/06/06 15:23:38
    i think
    Sammi </3
    i think the paparazzi needs to get a different job b/e just b/e there are celebrities out their that doex not mean they need to be followed every min. of their life
  • beach bum 2012/06/06 13:50:01
    i think
    beach bum
    the paparazzi are intense for them by hounding them
  • Reggie☮ 2012/06/06 13:43:57
    i think
    I'm just sick of celebrities in general.
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/06/06 13:02:09
  • IChangedMyNameAgain 2012/06/06 10:08:44
    i think
    People need to know when to f**k off.
  • Anonymouse ~superdoge~ 2012/06/06 08:57:19
    i think
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    If they wanted to be famous, it's their fault and they have to deal with it. If they got fame by accident, and didn't want it, I feel sorry for them and the pap should leave them alone...
  • Jackal 2012/06/06 07:37:04
    i think
    Freedom of Press...

    I think the paparazzi should respect privacy and take pictures without blocking the subjects pathway. I believe that when a Subject is driving, they should not pursuit only for the safety of the paparazzi and the subject.
  • Simmering Frog 2012/06/06 07:23:29
    i think
    Simmering Frog
    I think these run inns are staged more than you think.

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