Pedorazzi: Kids are not Public Property!

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, new parents, are leading the charge to keep photographers from taking pictures of their children. Does the paparazzi go to far or are celebrities asking for it?


  1. Dax Shepard, comedian and actor says that while he has chosen public life and have to put up with all of the photographers taking their pictures, his child and other celebrity children deserve their privacy and not to be stalked by strangers who scare them and make them fear for their safety.
  2. Kristen Bell, partner of Dax Shepard has started a boycott of entities that do business with the "pedorazzi" or those photographers that stalk celebrities to take pictures of their children.  She has said that she has accepted that part of her celebrity is that she will have to deal with the photographers taking her photograph, however, her child and other celebrity children are innocent victims and should not be subjected to the same treatment. 
  3. A prime example of pedorazzi...Philip Seymour Hoffman's children were photographed while leaving his wake.  Are they fair game?  Who has the power to create a law that makes this sort of "photo-journalism" illegal?  Bell & Shepard, as well as a list of celebrities such as Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Halle Barry, Hillary Duff and Kerry Washington and others have proclaimed that they will not do business with outlets that republish pictures of celebrity children.
  4. Paparazzi or entertainment photographers have a long and storied reputation for catching celebrities in compromising and embarrassing situations.  Notably, Britney Spears had a mental breakdown and was recorded in various states of sobriety and various revealing photo's when she was obviously having issues in her life. Above the now famous shot of Spears shaving her head was captured while she was in a salon.
  5. Celebrities such as Chris Brown, Amanda Bynes, Kristen Stewart, Justin Bieber and Lindsey Lohan,  have recently been filmed during the worst times of their life. Whether it be clashes with law enforcement, scandals or mental health issues, there are no boundaries for the paparazzi.  These celebrities invite attention while they are becoming famous and then shun the attention when they are having a "bad day."  In these cases, although distasteful, the photographers involved are dealing with adults who have decided they want a public life.  In the case of children, they have not decided their future and should not be subjected to this kind of scrutiny.
  6. Suri Cruise Yells At Paparazzi While With Mom Katie Holmes In NYC
  7. The daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, Suri Cruise is seen and heard yelling at the photographers who are yelling to her and trying to get her to look toward the cameras.  Obviously, the child is being traumatized, she hides her face behind a stuffed animal and buries her face in her mother's hair to avoid the onslaught.  One wonders what her outlook on the world will become and how she will develop a sense of security and trust.  If entertainment outlets stop buying pictures like the ones being taken in this video, will the demand for them be reduced, thereby lessening their value in the market? 
  8. Other celebrities make millions by selling their baby's pictures to magazines.  They are posed pictures and have approval of the parents in question.  Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have all made millions selling their baby pictures.  The latter gave the money to charity but one wonders how this sort of exploitation compares to the issue of pedorazzi.  Is it acceptable to exploit your own children for money, even if your reason is altruistic?

  9. We are all guilty of putting our children's pictures on Facebook, or any other social media outlet.  Do we consider the ramifications of our action?  Those pictures now belong to the world to be used for any purpose of the user.  While we strive to protect our children, we sometimes do not consider the consequences of our seemingly innocent actions.  The safety and sense of security for our children as well as those of celebrities should be the ultimate goal.  While we want to share pictures with our family - we need to be mindful of the fact that these photo's can be used in many nefarious ways and for many nefarious purposes by people on social media.  In the end, if you do not want your child to be hurt or threatened, we all need to be mindful of how we use these images and fight for the rights of our children, ours and those of celebrities.