Hollywood Paparazzi And The Cost Of Fame

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In the past 20 years there appears to be a new breed of paparazzi, they are aggressive, arrogant, and obsessed with providing information about a well known celebrity. From digging through garbage cans to stopping traffic a person has to wonder if living the lifestyle of the rich and famous is really worth it.

When Princess Diana passed away in 1997 , many observed what the paparazzi could do but were lead to believe it was possibly an isolated incident. Princess Diana was always cordial to the paparazzi posing for the cameras, answering questions so why the chase?

Move ahead thirteen years and it appears they are getting progressively worse. Hiding behind garbage cans just to get a glimpse. Following them through the airports only to add stress to their environment or blocking there vehicles until they get a shot.

When they pick up there children from daycare, they either have to have bodyguards or request aide from the police department just to get there children home. Does this make any sense?


There are those who are star struck and those like myself who could careless when it came to the type of toilet paper they used or wondering what there children looked like. If a parent wishes to share there children publicly then they should not be bullied, shoved, or followed at high speeds just to get a snapshot if an actor/.actresses children.

They were given a gift to act,sing, dance or make us laugh. Everyone has some type of God given talent. There are those who excel in the craft of building or banking,others excel in writing, directing traffic or protecting our community. We enjoy there talent and we pay them to perform for us but they are people who are entitled to privacy, respect, and peace just like anyone else.

We appreciate them but it does not mean that when we see them in a public place we should interrupt there day. Just like us they need there space and should not live in fear being concerned about how they are going to plan a dinner for two and wondering how they are going to escape the world of the paparazzi or stalkers for that matter.

Hollywood paparazzi and the cost of fame has became stressful for many stars, we are finding that they are taken prescribed drugs just to cope with the world outside of theirs. Michael Jackson, Anna-Nicole Smith were good examples of what happens when the world does not leave them alone.

Paparazzi and the media were cruel to both Michael Jackson and Anna-Nicole Smith. While the camera was snapping, the media was painting horrific pictures of their drug addiction. Do you blame them for being hooked? We expect them to look perfect, act perfect and smile for the camera. Who are we to tell them what to do? How would the paparazzi, the media and all of us feel if the shoe were on the other foot? What if someone was chasing us just to get a glimpse of our children or to see if our hair was done or not? Would fear and panic run through our veins?

They are only people who make more money then the average Joe, they put there pants on the same way as we do, tie there shoes, brush there teeth and you can bet they watch many of the same movies or listen to similar music.

Many of us do not blame them for punching someone in the nose or shoving a camera out of the way. They are not puppets. The Hollywood paparazzi and the cost of fame is not worth another person's life. We are not desperate to see that Demi Moore has put on a few pounds or that Ashton Kirschner purchased a new vehicle. Are we really that concerned about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arguing? Any relationship has there indifference, so why is it our business?

Being a star has its price but a law needs to be passed in the United States that does not allow them to stalk, harass or chase them at high speeds. Something needs to be done before someone gets hurt again and it costs someone there life. All due to trying to get a snapshot of a person who only wishes to have a little privacy. If the paparazzi were being stalked by people one would wonder how they would feel.

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Shalini Kagal profile image

Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

It's sad what happens and yet it seems to be a vicious circle. The paparazzi go after the tiniest bit of news simply because they know that it will boost their readership/viewership :(


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Shalini Kagal: It is nuts and here in the U.S. it is getting worse, I wonder if we began to snap photos of the paparazzi and follow them around what would they do? Maybe they would get a hint. :)


Pachuca213 6 years ago

I couldn't agree more, today the paparazzi in the media has become so hard core that it is now dangerous to be famous. Back in the time of Classic Hollywood the photographers new their place and showed respect. Sad to see how the world has changed so much.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Yjank for your great hub and yes, they certainly live in a golden cage.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I totally agree with this. They (the paparazzi) seem to be completely out of control. They're like a pack of animals. It's really disgusting.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

rated up & useful! Thanks AEvans for this insightful and interesting hub...


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

I agree also. Yet, I suspect that the fans demand for the news the paparazzi can be so cruel in obtaining, is also a contributing factor.

Nice hub. Thanks!

Forever His,


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janices7 6 years ago

I completely agree. To me, it is sad to see that since Princess Diana's death 13 years ago, the paparazzi have learned nothing and in fact, have gotten even worse pursuing their "prey". Ridiculous!


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ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

This is the reason, if I had to choose, I'd prefer to be rich person from the dot.com business or from an insanely popular invention, no in-your-face photo freaks 24 hours a day.

And it has gotten worse if there was a law that limited the prices received from TMZ, the Enquirer and other junk papers pay, then less paparazzis will be there taking snapshots when you're on a caribbean vacation and enjoying the vacation.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

There should be a law which states that any photo taken by these clowns about any person famous or not, they need a swarn signed document giving permission to release said photo. This law should be inforced by a $50,000.00 fine for both the photo taker and the one publishing it and a retraction.

Maybe this would curtail this trash for sticking their noses into peoples privacy, even if they are a celebrity or infamous.

I do not like having my picture taken. Over the past 25-30 years you will not find one photo of me and prior to that maybe one or two that I am aware of.

Brother Dave.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Pachuca213: Times have changed and it is sad that they have to revert to be obsessed! I hope they put laws in place to stop the madness. :)

Hello, hello: I wonder what they would do if the role were reversed?:)

alekhouse: Maybe if all of us ignore the tabloids and not watch many of the shows maybe they will get a clue. :)

samsons1: You are welcome! :)

RevLady: There are many fans out there who are starstruck, but I have always wondered what they would do if the role was reversed. :)

janices7: I don't know if they will ever learn and I certainly do not have any respect for any of them. :)

ocbill: I agree there should be a law limiting the prices and there should also be a law with how many feet they need to be from them in order to take pictures. They should not be allowed to block there vehicles or they should have to face some time in jail. :)

Dave Matthews: Have a signed release is a wonderful idea! They possibly they would leave them alone. :)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I recognize there is too much money to be lost if there isn't a new photo of Britney Spears or the kids in the Twilight movies, but there should be limits established. The intrusion into their lives has especially hurt child stars like the Olsen twins, or Britney Spears and her sister. It is sad to watch them disintegrate in front of our eyes as the pressure gets to them. When a star lashes out, then the photographer sues THEM! It is insane.

I agree that there should be a way to limit how much a person's image can be used for another's personal gain without their consent, but I can't imagine how to implement that. It is truly a problem.

Mike


SilverGenes 6 years ago

As you said, in reality it's just a job. But Hollywood has nothing to do with reality. It's the 'star factory' that's at fault but actors are more than happy to comply initially. Stars are made off the movie/music lot by publicity. It starts with an article here and there until it 'catches' the public's interest and voila. The actor benefits by commanding more money but unfortunately, when it works and the public responds by wanting more, things get out of hand. I'm not sure at what point in a person's acting career they cease to have the same rights as everyone else but it might be worth exploring and changing the law. Just because a ball game is televised or a movie is released shouldn't mean those involved relinquish their basic freedoms. It's another case of money overruling constitutional rights.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

A Evans, Nice informative hub! I think the paparazzi should remember that stars are people too! Yes! It is a cost for fame but I think they should have some privacy boundaries impressed upon them! Especially since they thrive on spreading bad news and their concerns is about the ratings and really not the star!

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Hum, what to do what to do, the stars beg for it when out of the spot light and long for it once gone. I do feel there should be some human rights considered in terms of stalking, entering a persons personal space (four foot radius) etc. Great read thanks :)


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Mike Licketig: Soemthing has to be done, we here about the complaints all of the time about the paparazzi but something needs to be established before another person truly loses there life at the hands of the inconsiderate. :)

SilverGenes: I agree with you money certainly does rule over there constitutional rights. Being in the public eye is one thing, but when they ask for privacy the rules should be followed.

Deborrah K. Ogans: I agree with you, 110% :)

katiem2: They do ask for it, but as we both agreed there needs to be a type of law implemented regarding there personal space. :)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

It's an awful thing to be harrassed the way that the 'rich and beautiful' are by the paparazzi. Some people say that the stars ask for this attention because of their job and that they should just shut up and live with it. I think there needs to be some kind of rein on what lengths they can go to to get a story.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Avans, This is a very interesting hub and I think the Paparazzi have gotten out of hand causing wrecks, standing on house tops or in trees with long range cameras to try and catch a picture of a nude star. It is disgusting and surpasses the freedom of speech. I think thy ought to have to stay a certain distance away at the very least.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

KoffeeKlatchgals: I have heard about that to but the paparazzi are going to the extreme as both you and I know. They need to give them some breathing room and respect. It is one thing to capture there story but another when they are asking for privacy. :)

Pamela99: I agree with you completely! It is getting out of hand and law should be passed before someone gets hurt.


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

There needs to be laws about how far the paps can go, ie: a limit to how close they can get, no photos of private holidays/ceremonies if requested (some celebs want these taken), no photos of kids unless parents allow them and generally the paps need to use some common sense, how would they like their privacy compromised ALL the time??? Another good hub AE.


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humanmade 6 years ago

Fully Agree ... and they play a major role in the celebrity buzz, rumors and stuff like this, which is really garbage for the ordinary audience .. why should I care if this singer is dating that girl, or this actress hates this another actress ... However, though, the audience should be blamed too, cause if there is no audience for such stuff, the paparazzi would vansih at the end!


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

MPG Narratives: That is my question exactly! Maybe a handful of people can turn the tables and begin to puruse them and maybe then they would stop and give them space and respect. :)

humanmade: Thy do play a major role and yes the audience does play its part, but if the paparazzi would step back a little we may find the audience also given some respect to them too. :)


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jayb23 6 years ago from India

Even if a dog of a famous actor sneezes then it becomes a news. Celebrity rumors, link up break ups...but at end of da day, does a common even bother what brad pitt is interested in. Anyways a thought provoking and insightful hub. Keep up the good work


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

jayb23: A commondoesn't honestly care. lololoo It is the media and paparazzi that really believe all of us do. I couldn't tell you what is happening from one day to the next with an actor/actress although Lindsay Lohan has been in the news so much, how can one forget her?


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eternalstudent 6 years ago from Idaho

Good topic, however, you should check out your use of the word "there". I think your spelling/gammar check might be broken?


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

eternalstudent: It isn't broken it was my error. Thank you for taking notice so that I can correct it. :)


MaryRenee 6 years ago

AEvans: What a great idea for a hub! I couldn't even imagine living a celebrity papparazi life for one day. I was just watching a Britney Spears special the other day, and felt so terrible for her. They really need to respect their privacy. Awesome hub, loved it! :)


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

MaryRenee: They should respect a stars privacy, but for some reason they become like madmen and women trying to get a story. It gets to the point that you are concerned about the safety of them. They should back off a little and give some space, I couldn't imagine the type of stress either.

There was a hair show I had been in when I was in my 20's everything moved so quickly, cameras, backstage etc. I was glad when it was over but occassionally I would run into people who would say, " hey you were the girl in the hair show." They would ask for tips etc. or even pics but it was nothing compared to what they live each day.


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drcrischasse 6 years ago from NH/Foxboro

Being that my hubs are so popular I can relate to the press following me around all of the time. :)


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

drcrischasse: lololo I can only agree with you. :D


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must65gt 6 years ago

lol.....I am hoping for a police escort to help protect me form ALL my Fans!!!! ROFL


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

must65gt: You are funny! A police escort is on its way. :)


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wingedcentaur 6 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Good Day AEvans

My, but it took me almost as long to scroll down here to make this comment, as it did for me to do so on the other hub of yours. But you're so right! I think the "reporters" who chased after Princess Diana, were sociopaths who belong in jail, because as far as I'm concerned, those paparazzi killed her and her boyfriend.

Anyway, I rated this up for useful. Well done!

Ta-Ta!


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

wingedcentaur: Thank you and I to believe they were sociopaths. Something has to be done with the papparazzi because it is getting really out of hand.


peter emmanuel 5 years ago

I think the issue is crystal clear! The paps are invading the privacy of these celebs. Of course the fans want a little of the inside story of their stars.... Bbut that should be as far as the stars are willing to show. Pls give us a law to stop these beasts called papaparazzi...... Let there be peace to all men!


peter emmanuel 5 years ago

I think the issue is crystal clear! The paps are invading the privacy of these celebs. Of course the fans want a little of the inside story of their stars.... Bbut that should be as far as the stars are willing to show. Pls give us a law to stop these beasts called papaparazzi...... Let there be peace to all men!


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celebritie 5 years ago

I agree it is so dangerous to be a celebrity today because the more famous you are the more risks paparazzi go to take pictures. From what I understand they get paid huge amounts of money for those pictures and that motivates the photographers to be so aggressive.


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AEvans 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

peter emmanuel: I also agree with you when it comes to the invasion of privacy and yes a law should be passed.

celebritie: There isn't any amount of money that a person should take when it comes to risking a stars life for a pic. They need to walk in a celebrities shoes and see what it feels like to be stalked, harassed, followed or even tapped. If people would quit purchasing the gossip magazines that create stories built on lies, life would be much easier. Laws really need to be passed. :)


kijames 4 years ago

Well i think it's pathetic the way the paparazzi uses people information, photos, blogs, backrounds, etc just so they can hypen up their pay and people who enjoy this kinda stuff. It should be limited i do agree to that. Their have been people of the press changing information around on people to either embarrass them, humiliate, or to hurt peole for others with the reward of money and other rediculous things. The system need to trust certain people handling others information. Alot of people who have been interviewed by the press and put themselves out there but what about the people who don't even have a clue on why are they on the front page of a newspaper or the magazine with some rediculous head title. They should limit those powers with the press. If your going to humiliate someone do it to someone who has damaged or scarred someone for life then send them to jail. Not those who are trying to be something in this world. That's my piont of view on this.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

kijames:I agree with you when it comes to the paparazzi. The press should be limited and they need to be honest and not stretch the truth. Thank you so much for commenting sharing your thoughts on this hot topic. :)


pat s 4 years ago

don't know how to get paparazzi to check out joe jonas. facebook joe jonas says he has 2 kids a boy and girl. jr, and brooklyn aka brook i don't believe this but think it should be addressed.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

pat s: I honestly don't believe its our business. Just like us we don't always need to be concerned about their own personal lives. Paparazzi just need to leave them alone.

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