Paparazzi feeds public need for celebrity news

By Melissa Mariani
September 3, 2009

I am a huge fan of TMZ, Perez Hilton and US Weekly. I love watching videos and flipping through tons of photos of Britney Spears and her babies, or should I say toddlers now. I feel like I’m a part of her life by watching them grow up in the media.

As a fan of certain celebrities, I enjoy anything the paparazzi can get a hold of. Videos of Shia LaBeouf walking around the streets of LA never get old either.

Through the years it’s obvious paparazzi will do anything for a photo. However, I don’t believe that the paparazzi have gone too far with celebrities at all. If you are willing to be in the public eye as a celebrity, then there are going to be some consequences.

Celebrities make a disgusting amount of money on just one concert or appearance on TV. They need to realize their lives are extremely different than an average American.

The paparazzi are entitled to snap as many photos as the desire; if the celebrities don’t want photos taken of them, then they can always hide in their mansion or beach house.

I don’t have any sympathy for actors or actresses in any aspect because they live easy lives and a little attention never hurt anyone.

It’s not about fans caring that Paris Hilton is going shopping every day. Celebrity photos are all about money. This has become a form of living, getting paid hundreds of dollars for a photo of any celebrity and being supported by popular Web sites and gossip magazines like US Weekly and People.

Photo taking is a career for millions all over the country. During the Britney breakdown, paparazzi were making over $5,000 for a single shot. Celebrities get their money; let the paparazzi get theirs.

However, I do think that if the west coast wants to make taking photos of celebrities a legal form of money making, there should be certain laws set. The paparazzi crowds who block celebrities’ cars, making them unable to drive away quickly, is wrong.

Lindsay Lohan’s reported crashes are prime examples of how the paparazzi cause accidents harming the public. I think that in states where tons of paparazzi are present, the senate should take action to create a list of laws so they are not harming the public.

A distance rule of staying at least 10 feet away from the celebrity while photo taking is reasonable. Celebrities are still humans and we all need some personal space no matter if we appeared in a movie or not.

I think how paparazzi antagonize celebrities to get them to reply back on certain rumors is wrong. Trying to get them to reply is just another trick to get celebrities to act out of control, so they can just post more photos online.

I am definitely a fan of stalking celebrities online and I enjoy the tabloids as well.

However, I don’t feel bad for any celebrity who complains about photo takers and paparazzi stalking them, it’s a part of their title of being famous.

Melissa Mariani

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