Recently my husband and I, along with a group of other actors and entertainers, started a public discussion about the use of children in entertainment media. When discussing paparazzi, its commonly said that “actors signed up for this”. Actually, my pursuit was to entertain people. But I do accept the consequences, that I will be followed by photographers during my private time. What I DID sign up for, however, is to be a Mother. Which means I have a duty to create a safe environment for my child. My child is not a public figure, and she has the right to privacy, until she chooses otherwise.
Magazines, television outlets and blogs around the world cover every cute little move and outfit change of public figures’ children. They pay paparazzi who are camping outside schools, homes, parks, yelling, pushing, jumping out of bushes, running red lights and driving erratically. This is dangerous and scary for kids. The complexity of the machine, in which the children are a cog, is far beyond their comprehension. They experience only the primal feeling of being hunted. This effects other young children who are unlucky enough to be in the vicinity, even if they themselves are not guilty of having a “celebrity” parent.
Anyone with a moral compass can agree that no child should be stalked by a group of strangers with or without cameras. We can settle for the explanation “that’s just the way it is”…but why WOULD we? Let’s all strive to create the best environment possible for all kids. The only way to fix this problem is to take away the demand. I urge anyone that has the power to use it in eliminating the demand side of this equation.
Please join the many outlets that have made this ethical pledge. Please join us, and be a part of the solution.
Thank you for listening,
PS – below is the list of outlets onboard at the moment and we get more and more every day.
CBS This Morning and Evening News
E! Entertainment Television (all platforms)
GMA and ABC News (across all mediums)
The Today Show
Glamour (all platforms)
Gossip Center Network (all websites)
Hollyscoop (all platforms)
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