June 22, 2011

Alyssa Milano Wants End to Paparazzi Photos Online: “Perpetuating Unethical and Unsafe Behavior”

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Alyssa Milano is always sharing on Twitter – about her pregnancy, dancing with Prince at a concert, and sharing links about parenting and other topics.

But one Alyssa Milano tweet grabbed my attention. In response to a tweet from one celeb baby site that posted a photo of Alyssa Milano attending prenatal yoga, Milano requested that the site reconsider publishing paparazzi photos:

“@celeb_babyscoop I really wish you would reconsider publishing these paparazzi shot of celebs & their children on your blog. It is perpetuating unethical & unsafe behavior.”

Is she right?

Obviously, I’m a celebrity parenting blogger, so looking for celeb photos and finding pics of celebs with their kids is part of the territory.

After all, don’t most of us want a glimpse at the rich and famous?

But seriously, are we so celeb-obsessed that we need to see photos of celebs and their kids? Isn’t all that paparazzi attention just a tad intrusive? Yes, they’re famous and the attention comes with the territory, but where do you draw the line?

Tori Spelling recently got in a car accident trying to keep the paparazzi out of her kids’ faces. And how many cameras follow Suri Cruise around? At what point is it all just too much?

Alyssa Milano brings up an important point when she says that posting these photos “is perpetuating unethical and unsafe behavior.”

It’s such a huge invasion of privacy – can you imagine having photographers chasing you and your family around constantly?

It’s too bad that celebs have to put up with the intrusion, but there should definitely be laws that prevent paps from photographing kids.

Nicole Richie said it well last fall on her blog when she slammed paparazzi for chasing down shots of kids:

“You do not get to spend 200 dollars on a camera, and think that gives you a free pass to shadow my child. These are strangers, grown men, stalking young children. You think that’s ok? Here’s a better visual: Pulling up to school and seeing grown men slouched in black windowed cars outside of a preschool, all day. I’m not even there, so you cannot say you are following me as you always do. You are stalking the children. Now how do you feel?”

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