Anti-Paparazzi Law Passes

    September 27, 2013
    Shana Norris
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Earlier this week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed an anti-paparazzi bill into law.

It was seen as a huge victory for supporters of the bill, many of whom are well-known Hollywood actors. Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner, and Adele were among the bill’s proponents.

California Senate Bill 606 was introduced by state Senator Kevin de León (Democrat, Los Angeles) in February, 2013.

“Kids shouldn’t be tabloid fodder nor the target of ongoing harassment,” Senator de León said. “SB 606 will give children, no matter who their parents are, protection from harassers who go to extremes to turn a buck.”

In the ensuing months, Hollywood rallied around the bill. In June, Berry headed to Sacramento to testify in favor of the bill.

In August, she was joined by fellow Hollywood mom Jennifer Garner who gave a heartfelt and at times emotional testimony:

Besides thanking Garner for her support, Berry expressed her gratitude to the “enormously talented musician” Adele.

Berry released a statement through her publicist after the passage of SB 606: “On behalf of my children, it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end for those overly aggressive paparazzi whose outrageous conduct has caused so much trauma and emotional distress.”

SB 606 will modify the definition of harassment to include photographing or videoing a child without the permission of a parent or legal guardian.

Not everyone in Hollywood supports SB 606. At one point, the Motion Picture Association of America opposed the bill, and both the California Broadcasters Association and the California Newspaper Publishers Association opposed the legislation on the basis that it violates First Amendment rights of freedom of the press.

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    There is just no end to a woman’s complaining. On one hand, celebrities want to be paid millions up millions and to always be in the public eye. On the other hand, they don’t want their pictures taken by the very same people who are keeping them in the public eye.

    The sad part is that if this was me and you —- an average citizen —- we could never get a law or bill passed and if we did, it would take years. Privileged, rich women who live in some of the nicest gated communities in the world, however, seem to be a priority with lawmakers. Heck, the average American will just be lucky if the country doesn’t shut down next week.

    The funny thing is that actually there are very few incidents of children being harassed by paparazzi. It is mainly just the stars themselves being photographed and then all the stars really have to do is just stand there for a couple of seconds, let everyone take the pictures, and then go on their way.

    At the end of the day though, the only way to really stop all the craziness is to stop buying all the magazines that have the photos in that. But we all know that will not happen. America without Hollywood would collapse. Do you see how many people go crazy over Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) and Justin Beiber. It is like people live and die with this garbage.

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