Sunday, July 27, 2008

Halle Berry Verses The Paparazzi

Yes, Halle Berry is one the most famed celebrities in the world. And yes, because of that fame there are certain sacrifices of privacy that come with the job. However, does that mean paparazzi has the right to take photos of her in the privacy of her home with her child? Hell, no! In a recent statement to Associate Press, Berry stated:

"I have long since come to terms with the fact that choosing a career as an actress has made me a public figure, but my baby has made no such choice, and unless and until she does, I will do everything I can ... to keep her out of the public eye,"

Soon after the pics of Berry and her four-month-old baby girl hit the web and celebrity-driven mags, I received an email from "Robirob", the manager of, Halle's personal fan club website. In the email she states how upsetting the situation had been and that she felt the media had gone too far. I agreed and asked permission to reprint excerpts from her passionate email here.
Today some photos appeared that were taken of Halle and her family without their knowledge or permission. ... I was extremely offended when I saw those photos. Personally, I feel that the media in general has really crossed the line and has completely lost its professionalism...Imagine waking up tomorrow morning and seeing photos of your children or loved ones in the privacy or your home, or playing at school or in the park or in your backyard or any other private place plastered across the internet. How would you feel? Would you feel invaded and disrespected?

...I don't agree with the saying that "this is what they signed up for". That's not true. No one expects to be stalked 24-7 just because they made a movie or released a CD and their children definitely did not sign-up for it, so how is that justified?.

And what frightens me most is that too many of us are becoming numb to it. I myself have been guilty of this. We see it so much that it doesn't bother us, but it should bother us quite simply because it's inhumane. Entertainers should not be treated this way. No one should be treated this way.

Now, of course I know there are going to be pictures but there needs to be a limit to how long someone can follow a person, how close they can be while photographing them, and they definitely should not be allowed to invade the privacy of their homes. The media is running wild right now with no regard for safety or just common respect and decency and new laws really need to be put in place to restrict how far they are allowed to go.
I totally agree with "Robirob". Some how, some way some boundaries and rules need to set in this game of cat and mouse . Currently, Berry is seeking criminal charges against the photographer and I hope she gets them. That may help,  but it won't solve the problem. The solution lies with the consumers of these publications and gossip news outlets. If more of them would get a damn life, find their OWN true purpose,  maybe they'll be too busy filling the voids in their lives to even care about what's going on in Halle Berry's or any celeb's backyard.  Feel me?

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