No cameras, pleaseI may be the only female in America who feels this way (and judging by sales of 'exclusive photo' magazine sales, I probably am), but why can't we leave babies of celebrities alone? I don't need to see if Knox and Vivienne look more like Brad or Angelina within weeks of their magical French birth. I really don't need to catch a glimpse of Baby Portman-Millepied as he leaves the hospital. And pictures in the park when Ben and Jen are pushing Violet on the swing? No, thanks.
Children of celebrities shouldn't be treated the same as the celebrities themselves. After all, they didn't ask to be born into a megawatt family. So bravo to Pink for releasing a statement and controlled photos of her new baby Willow Sage that tells the paps to back off. The singer with a crazy past makes some dang good points.
We recognize that celebrity has its upsides and downsides and do our best to manage just being people without hiring stylists and bodyguards before one of us goes to the store to buy some milk. I've seen some photos of myself that make me smile and some that make me less smiley. But you see, it's one thing to harass and stalk us, the adults, the celebrity that signed up for this life, but children should be protected and safe. There should be a clear distinction between us.
Pink goes on to express concern about putting children in danger by paps chasing down photos. Her concerns about creepy men hanging out at pre-schools also should make any parent concerned. Your child could be sitting next to Willow Sage someday. Do you want your little one to feel unsafe as traffic comes to a halt in front of the jungle gym and people stop to gawk and snap photos? Living in LA, this is a very real scenario for my children, and just because we're neighbors with people who also happen to be in the spotlight doesn't mean my children should give up their rights to be normal kids, who aren't exposed to aggressive paparazzi. The celeb kids should have the same rights.
Sure there are people who auction off photos of their children to the highest bidder, and if they're asking for it, they deserve the frenetic attention. But most parents, famous or not, simply want a safe environment for their children. Where they can grow up without interference from other people trying to make a buck. Pink gets it and is only doing what most moms would do: protecting her young.
Do you think the paparazzi should leave celeb babies alone?