A paparazzi is a freelance photographer who follows famous people to take pictures or videos. They sell those photographs to tabloids, celebrity gossip websites, and media companies. Paparazzi accost celebrities, aiming to capture a controversial moment or an exciting picture. The job offers easy money, and in the present digital world, more individuals are venturing into the “profession”. Currently, the practice is legal and unregulated in many states, allowing paparazzi to wreak havoc on celebrities’ lives. More limitations are required to mitigate the terror and chaos caused by the paparazzi.
States should implement laws prohibiting paparazzi from accosting a celebrity when accompanied by their children or relatives. Most stars do not mind a photograph by a paparazzi because they are used to cameras and show business. However, their children and relatives do mind appearing all over the internet because they have a private life and do not earn a living in the show business. The law protects people’s right to privacy, and being with a celebrity does not mean losing that right. The law should require paparazzi to take pictures of celebrities when they are alone or in the company of other prominent figures.
Furthermore, celebrities’ children suffer emotionally when followed and waylaid by paparazzi. The most infuriating thing is that paparazzi do not care about the emotional distress they cause and subject children as young as six to the trauma. These children require the freedom and peace to move freely without being photographed by strangers. Additionally, paparazzi bombard celebrities’ children with questions, inappropriate comments, and absurd suggestions. It should be against the law to take pictures, follow, or question children of celebrities when alone or with friends.
Another limitation on the paparazzi involves distance. For safety and privacy reasons, a celebrity’s private residence must be a no-go zone for paparazzi. A paparazzi should be at least two miles away from a celebrity’s house to allow individuals to enjoy the right to privacy bestowed by the constitution. Pictures of a celebrity’s home should not appear on news outlets, blogs, social media, and other platforms unless they have authorized it. Additionally, the law should prohibit paparazzi from using telephoto lenses to survey celebrities; such prevents a situation where an individual monitors and takes celebrity pictures from a distance. It is an invasion of privacy to take someone’s photographs at their home when they have no idea someone is watching.
Moreover, distance limitations should apply in public places. A paparazzi should be at least five meters from a celebrity when taking a photograph or asking questions. Such helps avoid physical altercations arising when a paparazzi gets too close to provoke a prominent person. Some paparazzi’s primary objective is to create a controversy by angering celebrities. Others want a situation where the superstar will retaliate, and in return, the paparazzi will sue them for monetary gains. Paparazzi annoy famous people by blocking them or stepping in front of their cars, hoping the individual strikes them or hurls insults. Implementing a law that mandates paparazzi to observe a 5-meter distance would help prevent quarrels, fights, and chaos.
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