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Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

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Celeb-hungry paparazzi getting a bit out of hand

Celebrities have been fighting back more than ever against aggressive photo-hungry paparazzi as of late.

It’s seems like today’s paparazzi will go to any length to get what they want.

Perhaps the real question is, “At what point should the line be drawn?” Incidents of “celebrity versus paparazzi” altercations are at an all-time high. Celebrities constantly come in contact with the paparazzi that follow their every move. Therefore, it is no surprise when celebrities become aggravated, and begin to strike back. The paparazzi photograph celebrities at their most vulnerable moments, often revealing things like new romances and alleged affairs.

In the 2004 film “Paparazzi,” produced by photo-friendly Mel Gibson, Cole Hauser plays a celebrity that becomes fed up with the paparazzi and retaliates against them when they begin to intrude on his life.

In the film, hostile paparazzi cause Hauser’s character and his family to just barely avoid a fatal car crash.

The character promptly goes on a paparazzi-killing rampage.

One could argue that sometimes paparazzi can work in favor of celebrities, essentially promoting their projects, whatever they might be. It is not a secret that controversy sells, and that that could actually help a celebrity’s career.

Are celebrities who fight the paparazzi ultimately fighting their own fan base? Photos taken of celebrities serve as an update for fans wanting to know about their favorite celebrities’ “daily lives.” Most of the photos paparazzi take end up in mainstream magazines that pay an enormous amount of money for them.

So that begs an important question: why are paparazzi the only ones being targeted by angry celebrities?

Don’t celebrities know what they are getting into when they become famous? It’s not like it’s a shock that once a person obtains a certain amount of celebrity, the paparazzi will begin to photograph that person. It’s something that comes with being a celebrity in the United States. It’s almost as if there is no turning back.

Celebrities are still just regular people, however, and they need their privacy, even if they are seen in checkout stands across the globe.

But what is being done about all of this?

More importantly, what is being done to protect Lindsay Lohan and George Clooney?

In 1998, an anti-paparazzi law was established in California. The law prohibits the use of enhancing devices to capture images or sounds on private property, calling it an invasion of privacy.

But perhaps celebrities should also be concerned with where paparazzi photos are being sold. If there is a market for these photos, then the paparazzi are going to continue to do what they do best: invade.

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