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Paparazzi

Tommie always says that he won’t get involved when my brother and I get into an argument because neither of us will step down.  We might pretend to see where the other one is coming from but still neither of us will accept that the other is right.  This purely based on our own opinions.  Very opinionated we are.

The last time we had an discussion argument that was sparked by Britney Spears.  I said that it’s sad that she is hounded by the paparazzi the way she is.  That she has no privacy and doesn’t even have the right to break down in private.

My brother was of the opinion that she is a public figure and became that much when she attempted decided to become famous.  He says that she earns her money from the public and often uses the paparazzi to ‘advertise’ herself.

Yes, maybe.  That’s true.  Yes paparazzi might have had a big part in her becoming famous and rich.  Yes, she is a public figure.  Does it make her public property?  No. 

It’s her job to go to functions.  Perform.  Record CD’s.  Like it’s my job to be an Accountant.  For a doctor to be a medical professional.  Does it give the public the right to bother a doctor when he is out in public.  To ask him about their ingrown toenail?  For the public to bother me to complete their tax returns while I’m out having dinner?

NO.  Cause that’s my job.  Not my entire life.

As being a public figure is her’s.  Again.  She’s not public property.

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18 responses

  1. Hear Hear! I feel *SO* sorry for Brit. Leave the poor girl alone – she’s just trying to have a life.

    October 8, 2008 at 8:16 pm

  2. I totally disagree with you … if I may.
    Being famous is what makes you a public figure and eventualy “public property”

    October 9, 2008 at 1:29 am

  3. Addie, 🙂 Of course you may. So you feel that once they become famous they must lose their own lives and just become like hamsters in a cage?

    October 9, 2008 at 6:30 am

  4. The mother of all brothers :)

    A very well paid hamster in a double storey cage with electric garage and electric fence 🙂 What goes hand in hand with her not wanting to be “hunted” down in public, is that she gives up all the money that her “public figureness” brings in. She doesn’t want to give up a cent, but yet she is moaning about the consequences of her being a public figure. It’s like a prostitute that moans about not being respected 🙂 If someone decides on a career, they should be prepared to put up with the negatives if the are prepared to put up with the postives (Money etc.)

    Being a doctor or accountant is different from being a singer. People don’t look at their doctor’s note while kissing a girl/boy for the first time. They don’t have a copy of their balance sheet with them on a first date. But I bet you they will remember which song was playing on the radio when it happenned 🙂 Artists like Britney Speares affect our lives in a personal way.

    Maybe doctors should also complain about being called out 3am for an emergency? They don’t… publicly, why… because they knew the consequences of them becoming a doctor. If they refused to go out at 3am for emergencies, then they should give up the good money. The same way for poor Britney 🙂

    October 9, 2008 at 6:58 am

  5. The mother of all brothers :)

    Oops.. this photo is not mine 🙂

    October 9, 2008 at 6:59 am

  6. Oh brother of mine – That’s my point 🙂 Going out at 3 am to work is their job. They are on call that night and thus its part of their job. As far as the prostitute…I think she would not want someone to grab her in the street and just randomly have sex with her, while walking with her dog ahahhahah I can just imagine. Lol You get what Im saying. YES paparazzi is a part of her life, but there should be limits to it. Ag but I still love you…even when you are wrong

    October 9, 2008 at 7:07 am

  7. The mother of all brothers :)

    And even when I look like a woman on my photo? 🙂

    October 9, 2008 at 7:17 am

  8. Even more so then!!! 😉

    October 9, 2008 at 7:51 am

  9. Wenchy

    Your brother looks allot like Maggie! Oh btw, you know I am such a public figure I am forever having to fight people off my body!

    October 9, 2008 at 8:24 am

  10. They say it happens when you have been married for too long!!!
    I actually wanted to end this post with “Unless you are having to run away from your own self for photographing yourself at all hours, hey Wench” lol

    October 9, 2008 at 8:31 am

  11. Isis

    I don’t think being famous makes you public property. There are a lot of people in Hollywood who do not get followed the way she gets hounded.
    BUT: Britney Spears did quite a few things to get photographed by them, provoking the paparazzi’s interest. So, if you do that, you are inviting them to take pictures of you around the clock. If you have little kids and don’t want to have pictures taken of you partying wildly almost every day, don’t do it.
    If you don’t want pictures taken of you driving with your toddler on your lap, don’t do it. Leave the paparazzi alone. Before that, she did so much to provoke their interest, she practically invited them into her live. If you don’t want predators near you in the wilderness, don’t put bait out for them.

    October 9, 2008 at 3:25 pm

  12. Isis

    oops, my forgetfulness.
    I forgot to mention::
    The ‘provocations’ to the paparazzi are phone calls by her manager or close friends who call the paparazzi on her behalf to say where she is coming or going so the photographers can get good shots of her? Calling the paparazzi is done to get the stars onto the front page to get better public exposure when it is needed. Believe me, there are many, many celebs go partying wildly without having their picture taken.
    So, to add: If you invite lions/bears for dinner, you will have that they will check the garbage on the way out. It is widely known (here, at least) that Britney Spears got the paparazzi called countless times.

    October 9, 2008 at 4:04 pm

  13. Isis: Oh that’s true. MANY of the celebs do that. Advertising the cheap way 🙂
    There should still be a line though

    October 9, 2008 at 4:21 pm

  14. meghanwrotethis

    i agree with you

    October 9, 2008 at 11:39 pm

  15. This is the REAL Maggie. Can’t believe my poor photo had to get dragged into the debate! (Ha ha) Personally, I think paparazzi should NOT be allowed to hound people the way they do, no matter what the provocation. There should be strictly enforced laws. Look at what happened to poor Princess Di. But, it must be said, the rest of us are just as guilty for buying tabloid magazines and creating the market for it.

    October 10, 2008 at 12:14 am

  16. Wenchy

    Having not photographed myself today I am all out of touch now. *smile*

    Okay, I’ve read this, now write something else.

    LOVE YOU.

    xxx

    October 10, 2008 at 9:05 am

  17. Wenchy

    Ag no man.

    October 10, 2008 at 2:55 pm

  18. Isis

    yes, there should be a line, I agree. But it is common knowledge there isn’t that fine line any more. That’s why one should not encourage the paparazzi, leave them alone, stay away from them. Knowing the above and still ‘using’ them is tempting fate. That’s what I mean.
    When Roosevelt was American President, barely anyone photographed him with his wheelchair visible. Today it would be very different. Times have changed a lot, and not necessarily for the better in all points.

    October 10, 2008 at 3:18 pm

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