Sunday, August 25, 2013
I have seen a few times in the news about Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testifying and pleading with California lawmakers to support legislation to help keep away paparazzi through tougher penalties. They are wanting to change the definition of SB-606 to impose harsher consequences without parental consent of photographing or recording children. They argue that their children are scared of them and feel threatened any time they are around, which is most of the time.
I am embarrassed to say it, but I will admit I read those magazines that pay such people for pictures and stories. I know it isn't right, but I do read them. I don't believe everything I read, though. I like to see the pictures to look at what the stars wear and as a general interest in "being famous." There are a lot of people who say we should stop buying them and put the paparazzi out of business. That might work, but I think they would just find another way to keep going.
The word paparazzi has a kind of intriguing sound to it. If you look up the origin of the word it is quite humorous. It came from a character in the 1960 film La Dolce Vita. The character, was a news photographer named Paparazzo. The funny part is the director of the film took the name from an Italian dialect word (pappataci) which describes an annoying noise like that of a buzzing mosquito.
Some people defend the paparazzi by saying that is the price of fame. If people don't like having their lives on display, they shouldn't be famous. I totally DISagree with this statement. I love television, movies, music, all kinds of entertainment. Somebody has to entertain us. These people have a job to do, but like everyone else, they are normal people at the end of the day. I remember when I was young and if my dad thought me and my sister were getting too star struck with someone he would always say really funny things to point out they are just like us. He would say crazy things like, "they pee as soon as they wake up just like we do." He would always give us a mental image that would make them a little less fascinating!
Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner are beautiful, talented actresses. They have made it clear that their most important role is being mothers. They aren't doing anything different than any other mom would do to protect her children. They are famous, glamorous, and lead amazing lives, but at the end of the day, they are moms. I don't think their job allows or gives people permission to stalk them and their children. It would be incredibly scary for any child. It is really disturbing that stalkers and dangerous individuals can kind of blend in with this group of photographers and get really close to the stars. The kids sure didn't ask to be in the spotlight or the center of this lifestyle. They shouldn't pay the price and neither should their parents for simply doing a job.
I think these two are smart and brave women fighting for their kids to have a safe, private life. I have respect for them as actresses, but I have even more for them as mothers. They have a right to protect their children.