It has been said that any press is good press, but can that honestly be true? Looking at the paparazzi, we can learn a lot about our society and what we value today. A photograph of a popular celebrity may be great press for a certain magazine or website, but it is really good press for that person? In the past the paparazzi has gotten a bad reputation for that great lengths they will take in order to get that “money” shot. Some of these actions taken not only endanger the life of the celebrity, but also the life of the photographer as well.
The most common case that gets brought up is the paparazzi not following the proper driving laws. Some will go way over the speed limit, swerve through lanes and drive extremely close to the celebrity’s car in order to get a better shot. When has this been taken too far? Well since this has been an issue being brought up for many years now, actions are finally being taken. Governor Schwarzenegger, has brought forth a bill that will aim to stop the reckless behavior that celebrity photographers engage in when it come to driving, this will be an anti-paparazzi law. Laws have also recently been passed which help to protect privacy and in turn will cause photographers fines when they are not willing to follow the rules. Will this new law really put an end to this reckless behavior, or will the paparazzi find another way to get the shots they need in order to make an income for themselves. Cant magazines and online websites find a way to get the pictured they need without having to break any laws or endanger lives in the process?
We all know that celebrities and paparazzi have a cant live with them, cant live without them relationship. Lets face it, without the paparazzi what would happen to magazines like US Weekly, Intouch and People? They would no longer exist, and the millions of customers that buy them on a weekly basis would have to go elsewhere for their celebrity gossip. Also, these photographers would be out of work and not getting big paychecks from magazines for the “money” shots!
There needs to be an agreement made between the celebrities who are trying to live their lives and the paparazzi trying to do there jobs. A line needs to be made which give the celebrity and the magazine positive press from the pictures being sold to them. Hopefully with this new bill, a stop will be placed upon the reckless behavior that has occurred in the past. The lives of the celebrities, paparazzi and the civilians will all be unharmed. Would this boost the relationship between the magazine and photographer? Would the celebrities be more willing to give paparazzi the shots they need? I guess we will have to wait and see what the future has in store.