North West says no to pictures
Should kids of celebrities be off limits to paparazzi?
On her way to ballet class, holding her nanny's hand, 2-year-old North West can be heard saying, "I said no pictures!" in a video taken by paparazzi. Her nanny relays this to the paparazzi and they just ignore her. They laugh at how cute she's being. But why does a 2-year-old's "no" not count for anything?
Yes, her parents are famous. They chose this life and I understand when they are hounded for picture but I really wish the paparazzi would let the kids just be. She wasn't even with either of her parents for them to have half an excuse to behave this way.
This whole incident reminds me of the time Suri Cruise got called a "brat" all because she told paparazzi to "stop it"and to "get out of the way". I can only imagine how overwhelming it must be to be confronted with a mob of photographers as an adult - can you imagine what it must be like to be for an 8-year-old?
"Did you get that?" one photographer asked another. This is such a gross invasion of privacy and it rankles. It makes me so uncomfortable to watch grown men (I don't think I've seen a female paparazzi - I might be mistaken) stalk kids like this. It's borderline creepy to see men with telephoto lenses, hiding in the bushes or in the boots of cars.
This isn't a new thing though, back in 2010 Joel Madden had a rant at paparazzi who were parked outside his daughter's school and in 2014 Frozen actress Kristen Bell and her husband, Dax Shepard called for readers to boycott magazines that ran pictures of celebrity's children. Their argument was that if there was no demand for the pictures, they wouldn't be published.
In August, Kensington Palace sent out a letter to the press asking them to respect the privacy of Prince George and Princess Charlotte as "paparazzi photographers are going to increasingly extreme lengths to observe and monitor Prince George's movements and covertly capture images of him to sell to the handful of international media titles still willing to pay for them".
The palace releases photos of the children quite regularly because they understand that people are interested to see the little ones.
Yes, I like seeing pictures of celebrities' kids because they are so cute. But I'd much rather see pictures that their parents have approved of than creepy ones of them playing in a park or leaving ballet class. I mean, just look at that picture of Prince George!
Every child should be entitled to a safe and stress free childhood and just because their parents are public figures doesn't mean that they are fair game.
Do you think that the children of celebrities should be off limits?