There are many ways to make an easy buck these days. Viral YouTube videos, dog walking, donate plasma—liquid part of the blood that carries the red and white cells, or selling rare pictures of celebrity kids. Yes, that’s right, money can be made taking elusive photos of other people’s children. Well, that’s unless the ways intended to acquire these rare pictures consist of ambushing them after camping outside of their home masquerading as an auto accident lawyer.
What’s so wrong about that?
Well, for one, it falls within the lines of harassment. Other than that, though, California has decided to crackdown on the overbearing paparazzi by boosting penalties, fines, and jail time for the act. The bill was introduced by Senator Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, who didn’t have go very far to find the support he needed. A-List celebrities, such as Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner, were among those who pushed hard for this bill to put in place in order to protect their children and loved ones. The bill not only protects the children of celebrities but, also, other public figures, judges and police officers.
Doesn’t the press have the right to take those photos?
Of course, The First Amendment prohibits the government from interfering with the printing and distribution of information, which includes photos. Though, the recent bill wasn’t put in place to disallow paparazzi and others from taking pictures, it’s to improve their actions on how they decide to capture such photos. There is an abundance of paparazzi these days. Pictures don’t sell as well as they used to because now anyone can get those elusive shots that tabloids pine so desperately for. So what does the paparazzi do? They try to get the even more elusive shot by any means necessary; whether it’s following people to their homes, place of business, or their children’s school just to get the career-altering shot that guarantees them an enormous payday.
Why don’t more people get involved with this profession?
It’s not even a profession worth getting involved in anymore since, also included in the bill, parents or legal guardians of the harassed child can sue paparazzi for damages and fees. Taking most of, if not all, that highly coveted payday. The paparazzi will always be okay, though. There are still another 49 states that have both celebrities and public figures for them to make money off of.