Kristen Bell Campaigns for “No Kids Policy” for PaparazziBy: Shana Norris - May 29, 2014
Actress Kristen Bell is taking her No Kids Policy for paparazzi to the next level as she continues the fight against unauthorized media use of celebrity kids images.
Bell and her husband Dax Shepard launched the movement in January 2014 out of concern for their daughter Lincoln and other celebrity children like her.
Other celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence, quickly jumped on board.
After securing support from colleagues, Bell moved to put pressure on television and print outlets that use images of celebrity kids without parental consent. She did so by threatening that if they didn’t comply with her No Kids Policy, celebrities would effectively boycott the outlet, choosing instead to promote their projects with media sources that had adopted the policy.
In the next phase of her campaign, Bell will focus on the end consumer, asking them to consider the circumstances surrounding the images that appear in the media they consume. She’ll attempt to get her message out with a series of media interviews and meetings with mommy bloggers.
“The consumer is the only one who can put an end to this. They are the only ones with real power,” Shepard wrote in January.
Referring to the anti-paparazzi law that was passed in California last September, Shepard wrote that while he supported it and hoped it would hold up in court, ” .. it only really addressed the supply side of the equation, and not the demand … as long as people pay good money to buy magazines featuring famous people’s children, there will be men popping out of bushes and lurking around playgrounds to get those pics.”
Bell feels so strongly about the negative implications of paparazzi intrusion in celebrity kids’ lives that she would consider giving up her acting career if push came to shove.
“I like being an actress very much,” she said, “but I love being a mother and it is a very clear decision which one I would choose.”
Shepard said that since he and Bell brought their daughter home from the hospital in October 2013, there has been a car or two parked across the street from their home at all times, waiting to snap photos of the family when they leave the house.
“We think that people who like looking at children in magazines must actually like children. We are betting on the chance that they like them enough to protect them from constantly being shadowed by strange men … We pray that one of the classier weeklies, like People, will enact a no-kids policy, and that they will be rewarded by the consumer for doing so,” Shepard wrote. “And we hope that leads to others following suit. It would be miraculous if the situation changed and celebrities’ children got to be just children. And it would be even more miraculous if that change came from the will of the people and not legislation.”
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