Jennifer Garner, star of Dallas Buyers Club and Alias, turned the tables on an obnoxious shutterbug that followed her and her three children on an outing to the Pacific Palisades Farmer’s Market. She pointed her phone at him and snapped a picture. Apparently he was filming them walking down the street.
That picture won’t be worth anything, but documenting a situation like this could assist Garner in her crusade against unwelcome paparazzi. The actress has three children — Violet, 7, Seraphina, 4, and Samuel, 17 months — with husband Ben Affleck, and has been working with Oscar winner Halle Berry to enact more strict anti-paparazzi laws.
In August, the two A-listers addressed the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee on Public Safety in an effort to criminalize the taking of unauthorized photos of children. The result was senate Bill 606. The bill is meant to alter the legal definition of harassment and would add photographing or recording a child without the permission of a legal guardian.
“I am an actress, but I am a mom first,” Garner told the committee. “Being stalked has been hard for me, but it’s beyond what a child should have to endure. The price paid for pictures of celebrity children is now absurdly high. They have a bounty on their heads every day. Literally every day there are as many as 15 cars of photographers waiting outside our home. Large, aggressive men swarm us, causing a mob scene, yelling, jockeying for position, crowding around the kids.
“My children aren’t actors or celebrities, they are just kids like your kids or anyone else’s,” Garner continued. “And just like you want to protect your children, I want to protect mine. I chose a public life,” she said (via the New York Daily News). “My three children are private citizens. I love my kids. They’re beautiful and sweet and innocent, and I don’t want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are all day, every day, to continue traumatizing my kids.”
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