Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are two celebrities who have been very vocal about their belief that celebrities should be able to go out in public with their kids without being accosted by yelling men with cameras; they even succeeded in getting several media outlets--including People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight--to reject the use of photographs of said children unless they are in a red-carpet situation where everyone is being photographed. But a certain paparazzo--who is actually the owner of a paparazzi agency--says that it doesn't matter who stops publishing the photographs, because they're still being taken out of the belief that the people still want to see them. And that didn't sit well with Bell and Shepard.
The couple had a Sopranos-like sitdown with AKM/GSI owner Steve Ginsburg and a reporter named Christian Zimmerman on Access Hollywood this week so that both sides could have their say in the matter, with Bell saying that the easy solution is to stop the publishing of such photos in order to protect the children involved.
"We believe that if the paparazzi were no longer getting paid, they would stop hunting children. The magazines are paying the paparazzi because they believe that the consumers want [the photos]," she said.
But Ginsburg says that's not a real solution, and that even if he did stop accepting those photos, some other agency would.
"At the end of the day, this business is not going anywhere. You have succeeded in getting certain clients of mine to stop buying photos. But the photographs are not stopping. I'm still receiving photos. Family at the beach, all smiles, photographers are not on them, it's not creating a scene… those are nice photos, and they have a good possibility of being printed."
At the end of the day, there is no easy answer for both sides, as celebrity photographs are a big business and will probably continue to be for years to come. But Bell and Shepard--as well as their celebrity backers--are not going anywhere anytime soon.
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