According to E! News and Yahoo News, Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner have joined forces to ensure that an anti-paparazzi bill that would make it damn near illegal to take pictures of their beautiful children, without their consent, passes through the California court system.
And when I say damn near illegal, I mean outright illegal.
Moving on, Garner and Berry were both recently testifying in front of the California State Assembly about the serious issue. If the bill, Senate Bill 606, (authored by Sen. Kevin DeLeon of Los Angeles), passes, the legal definition of harassment would be altered to include the photographing or recording of a child without seeking permission from a parent or legal guardian. Here are some words from Garner as it relates to her stance on the issue:
“I chose a public life. My three children are private citizens; I love my kids. They’re beautiful and sweet and innocent, and 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.”
Berry concurred as she shared her own stories. She went as far as recounting a number of tales where heartless paparazzi taunted her five-year-old daughter, Nahla, about never seeing her father again—who happens to be Gabriel Aubry:
“How do you feel, Nahla? You may not see your father again. How do you feel about that? They say curse words and call me names, all trying to provoke some sort of response to sell a photograph.”
Paparazzi are assholes.
Berry is definitely no stranger to protecting her kids from the grimy cameras of paparazzi. Recently, she got into a screaming match with a paparazzo when the aforementioned douchebag showed up outside Nahla’s school, ready to take pictures.
Man. If that’s not creepy and intrusive, I don’t what is.
Here’s a video of the face off below:
Obviously, there is some slight backlash against the bill. Newspaper publishers happen to be very apprehensive about the bill, worried that it could in fact stop them from doing their jobs correctly.
I mean, I guess I could understand that. It kind of deals an unfair blow against people who are legitimately just involved because for actual journalism purposes versus some asshole who’s in it to make bank.
Don’t get me wrong. Making bank itself is not bad. However, if you’re doing it using exceedingly underhanded ways, (like by f*cking harassing people and helpless children), then no, you don’t deserve to make any sort of bank whatsoever.
In fact, you deserve to be punched in your f*cking face. Seriously. I sincerely hope karma throws a vicious left hook to your smug face.
Continuing on, being a celebrity is not easy and people forget that they are still a f*cking human beings with feelings, rights, emotions, and such. Just because there is a spotlight on them, doesn’t make them or people related to them immune from problems or unpleasant situations. And that doesn’t give us or anyone the right—especially the paparazzi—to treat them as if they are something less. Because guess what?
THEY ARE PEOPLE TOO.
Point. Blank. Period.
So, in closing, I wholeheartedly applaud Garner and Berry for standing up for their privacy rights as parents and for the privacy rights of their children. I for one hope that the bill passes and hope that the right amendments can be made so that legitimate journalists aren’t punished and celebrity children can finally live in peace.
Sources: E! News, Yahoo News
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