Christina Applegate slams paparazzi; says she relates to the way MJ raised his kids
Christina Applegate Slams Paparazzi: 'Taking Pics Of Kids Is Sick!'
Posted: 08/24/2012 12:56 pm Updated: 08/24/2012 12:56 pm
Christina Applegate is sick and tired of the paparazzi invading her and her daughter's personal space.
The "Up All Night" star took to Twitter on Thursday and revealed that an everyday outing took a frightening turn when she and 1-year-old Sadie were surrounded by photographers.
In a series of tweets, the 40-year-old actress wrote:
I want my daughter to live a normal life I want her to feel free to be who she wants, so paparazzi stop taking pics of her! Enough! It's times like these where I understand why Michael Jackson had his kids covered they were able to be anonymous. Until they decided to be public. We need a law against this! Taking pics of kids is sick! Sorry everyone. I'm pissed. Just imagine for one second you having fun with ur kid in the park and a bunch of a holes start surrounding you and freaking ur kid out.
According to Gossip Cop, the actress continued her rant in tweets that now appear to have been deleted:
"When I chose to be an actor we didn’t have paparazzi. We excelled on the merit of our work, not by what gown we were wearing," she wrote, then calling out attention-seeking celebs who use the photogs to try to further their careers and telling them they "are going to have a rude awakening when their talent doesn’t get them anywhere.”
“When I chose to be an actor we didn’t have celebrities. We had actors. Not people who wanted fame. I blame those people who need fame," she wrote before restating her main point: “Just imagine for one second you having fun with ur kid in the park and a bunch of a holes start surrounding you and freaking ur kid out.”
Applegate joins a long list of celebrities who are fed up with overly invasive photographers. Actress Halle Berry shares Applegate's sentiment when it comes to paps taking photos of her 4-year-old daughter, Nahla.
"We are going to figure out what we can do on our local level in Los Angeles to sort of change some laws because it is becoming child exploitation,” the actress told "Access Hollywood" in May.
"Our children should be off limits. They are innocent little babies that should not be exploited all over these magazines. I’m fair game, I get that, but my kids [and] kids at my children’s school should not be harassed like that,” Halle said. “It’s just wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong."
The actress is so fed up with photographers that she's currently in the middle of a bitter custody battle with Nahla's father, Gabriel Aubry, as Berry is seeking to move to France, where they have laws that protect celebrities from having unwanted photos taken in public.
Of course, even celebrities who don't have children are at their wits' end in their dealings with the paparazzi. In May, Justin Timberlake turned to Twitter to complain about overeager photographers who unsuccessfully attempted to snap a photo of him and took out their frustration on his business partner Trace Ayala's truck.
"So... A paparazzi can't get a photo of me so he kicks my best friend's truck door in..? And they wonder why they can't get a 'fair' shake," he wrote. He followed up his complaint, telling the paparazzi to "get a real job." Meanwhile, actress and singer Miley Cyrus is constantly tweeting about her contempt for the photographers who follow her at every turn and has threatened to move to Nashville in an attempt to avoid their prying eyes.
And celebrities' kids themselves aren't particularly fond of being hounded by creepy men shoving cameras in their faces. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' 6-year-old daughter Suri is a popular target for photographers -- but she's not afraid to show just what she thinks of them.
Well.... I wouldn't exactly call this a "slamming" but I guess that's typical Huffington Post.
I have very little sympathy for celebrities, including Michael, when it comes to paparazzi. This point is one of the only ones that I feel validates their bellyaching and it only applies to those who became famous before the late 90s. But still, there are a lot of other people who have experienced the nature of their careers change since when they began practicing and they do not receive any of the perks that celebrities do from it. I mean it sucks to be a farmer now more than ever but they don't have the chance to get paid by a designer for carrying around a handbag. I totally sympathize with celebrities when they complain about untrue and slanderous content. That is wrong, unfair, and nothing that they can help. But having your picture taken is a part of their job and they need to get over it. Or they can stop pretending that they are meltdown Britney-famous enough to have anyone camped on their front lawn, move 30 minutes out of town, and live in relative peace.
Originally Posted by GlitterySocks
I'm so indecisive about this topic. For one, anyone in the entertainment business knows what they are getting into. It just comes with the package. They should all know that loosing privacy is the price they pay for fame. There's a million other jobs they could have had. I understand that people who had fame before the paparazzi were even in existence didn't know what was to come, but the times have changed and they just have to get used to it. But on the other hand, I think it's not okay how invasive they can get. Them sitting outside of someone's house waiting for them to appear is just too extreme IMO. I also think it goes too far when the paparazzi is deliberately trying to capture a shot of the children. i.e. Suri Cruise. I mean I get them shooting the parents and the children are with them but when they are there to also get the shots of the child is too much. Halle Berry said they are at her child's school is not okay because there are other children there who don't need to be involved with that.
I really don't have a problem of them shooting them outside walking down the street but they can get so intense the person can barley walk.
So what about the ones that do live out of town and do their best to live a normal life but still get harassed on a regular basis? I agree that some celebs court it but I think the majority of major stars that would be complaining about this do not court it on a regular basis. I just don't see why a grown man with a camera should ever be able to legally follow someone around and snap pictures of them. That would never be OK with me whether I had kids or not. I find the methods of paparazzi creepy and stalkerish. I don't see why celebrities should have to get put through the ringer just because they happen to have a talent that I don't have. If my chosen career came with paparazzi I don't know what I would do because it is what I feel called to do in life, you know?
Originally Posted by ivygivy
I just don't understand why there is not some line in the sand. I understand that you chose this as your life and invite a certain amount into your life, but walking your kid home from preschool isn't one of those times. The kid, at least, should be protected as a private citizen. And if not, just stay the eff back. You have a zoom lens. I have seen footage of Jennifer Garner trying to get into her car with her 2 year old and the effing paps are all crowding her, sticking their cameras in her face, inside the car once she opens it, and what are they trying to do? Provoke her, that is all. Is that really fair game? It's pretty pathetic.
I actually don't think they are trying to provoke her. I think they are trying to get good shots to sell for money. It all comes down to money IMO. However, I am sure that some stars with known volatile attitudes are more prone to provocation from the paps.
Originally Posted by Lizard76
I agree that there needs to be a line in the sand. I just don't see why or how any of this is legal. As much as I admit to reading celeb gossip I have always felt icky with some of the levels of invasion involved with pap pics. I would rather have pap photos uniformly outlawed and stick to official press photos. Those are definitely part of celeb's jobs and they did indeed sign up for those as part of their chosen careers. I don't think that kids should be game changers in this. Celebs should have the same human rights as their minor children. I don't see why just because they happen to have high profile career that they don't deserve privacy and a harassment-free lifestyle. People should be able to stand in their front yard and get their mail without having to fear a man with a long-range lens snapping pictures over a fence.
I remember one instance when I was overseas and a random man took a picture of me while I walked down the street. My friends and I freaked out and I felt grossed out all night. It obviously isn't the same thing as being a celeb (even a fame-hungry celeb), but I imagine that creepy grossed-out feeling being magnified by 1000 times for many of the celebs who are just going to CVS or driving to the grocery store. It isn't safe for them or for the rest of the people on the road/in the community dodging a manic paparazzi that is desperate for a money shot.
Yikes...just after I wrote this I saw this headline. Apparently it just happened:
Originally Posted by GlitterySocks
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I totally agree that when the person decided to be an actor or singer that they needed to prepare for fame, getting asked for autographs and getting papped. But the paparazzi take it way too far. I think taking pics of a celeb walking down the street is fine but ive heard they nearly run cars off the street, skip red lights and they do cause celebs to crash, even paparazzi get run over. They shouldnt take pics of celebs kids, the child didnt decide to be famous.
What they did to Britney and Michael was horrible, they felt trapped and didnt want to leave the house. Some other celebs seem to get a better deal and dont get it too bad. I guess its what level of celeb you are.
The paps go way too far. And I feel bad for the younger kids who have to deal with it. I know people like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez are older now, but when they were 13 or 14 they were constantly being followed by strange 40 year old men up in their face as they walk down the street. At that age I would be scared to go out with friends or alone knowing they would be there following me. I've seen videos of Miley Cyrus getting out of her pilates class and she gets SWARMED. There are tons of them just waiting for her to leave and capture a picture in the two seconds she walks to her car. She is one of the celebrities who is always followed now. And she's very vocal about how much she hates them.