Stars are fighting the paps in a positive way.
Long live the days of high-profile celebs losing their cool over invasive paparazzi. No more broken lenses, punches thrown, or lawsuits. Our favorite stars are taking a stand against paparazzi and this time, the message is a good one.
Positive Stand Against Paparazzi
Last week, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield were on their way to breakfast in New York City when the paparazzi captured some interesting photos. While the paparazzi have seen it all, this was a breath of fresh air.
06/17/14 - Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone left Cafe Cluny in New York (2) pic.twitter.com/sCVLaSXswT— Andrew Garfield ID (@AGarfieldIndo) June 23, 2014
The couple blocked their face with note cards that listed the names and websites of charitable organizations.
"Good morning! We were eating and saw a group of guys with cameras outside," the cards' messages started.
"And so we thought, let’s try this again. We don’t need the attention, but these wonderful organizations do: www.youthmentoring.org www.autismspeaks.org
(and don’t forget:)
Here’s to the stuff that really matters. Have a great day!"
When they mean again - Stone and Garfield pulled the same charitable act in September 2012, then calling attention to Gilda’s Club and Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
Parents vs. Paparazzi
It’s been almost a year since actresses like Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner stood in front of a Los Angeles courtroom to back a bill that fights paparazzi not just snapping pictures of celebrity kids, but completely traumatizing them. The bill protects the children of celebrities who have succumbed to a daunting fear of photogs who are known to chase, yell and camp outside homes and schools.
Jennifer Garner, mom of three, expressed her concern over her young children growing up afraid.
"I don’t want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are, all day, every day, to continue traumatizing my kids," Garner said in her testimony last August.
Shortly thereafter, Hollywood couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard who are parents to daughter Lincoln, began the "No Kids Policy," a social media campaign.
Their argument? When the demand for these photos diminishes, the solution is underway. "There is no way for a child to wrap their head around the fact that they are a cog in this machine. All they experience is the predatory sense of being hunted," Bell shared in an interview last February.
And Bell is not a woman to back down. Her heartfelt campaign is working and news organizations such as Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, US Weekly, E!, Perez Hilton and others have gotten on board with the campaign and agreed to end the use of unsolicited photographs of minors for news stories.
Bell and Shepard are not afraid to tell you which organizations are joining the fight, and which organizations will continue to use photos of star children. The progress is admirable and we hope the constant harassment has improved, even if only a little bit.
Maybe others like Alec Baldwin and Kanye West can take some notes from this, because, hey, it’s working.