Halle Berry Wants to Protect Her Kids From the Hazards of Her Profession (VIDEO)

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halle berryHalle Berry and Jennifer Garner got political this week when they went before a California State Assembly committee to argue in favor of an anti-paparazzi bill that would redefine harassment under the state's law. Their moving testimony included accounts of their children being harassed and called names by the paparazzi -- stuff no parent would want for their children.

According to the Los Angeles Times, under the bill, harassment would be changed to include "any conduct that alarms, annoys torments or terrorizes a child while photographing or recording that child without express parental consent." It's a great bill, and I'm glad to see that it passed the first hurdle and will now be sent on to the Appropriations Committee. But there was something about Garner's heartfelt plea that got me thinking.

She said:

I chose a public life … [but] my three children are private citizens. I love my kids. They’re beautiful and sweet and innocent, and I don’t want a gang of shouting, arguing, lawbreaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are all day every day to continue traumatizing my kids.

Understandable. But she chose that life. We all choose our jobs and professions, and many of them have consequences for our children. As a writer, if I post anything about my children, I have to be prepared to have them be the subject of vicious attacks. Doctors on call have to risk disappointing their kid when they get paged during a tied ballgame, and their son is up to bat. The children of lawyers must endure jokes about their parents' dirty profession. Preachers' children must endure the judging eyes of entire churches. No, it's not the same as being stalked by paparazzi, but the point is that our jobs do have consequences for our children, and we usually can't legislate them away. We have to decide if our career is worth what it means for our children.

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No one should treat a child in the manner in which they're describing, and the paparazzi clearly oversteps its boundaries repeatedly, which is especially vile when it comes to children. So if this law helps stop that, great. However, we can't forget that Berry and Garner chose to make their careers and fortunes based on fame and paparazzi wanting to stalk their every move. With fame comes a price tag that unfortunately their children may have to pay, and if it's too high of a price tag then they always have the option to choose another career.

What do you think of this bill?


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Craft... CraftyJenna

Saying that they deserve the constant stalking and harrassment because they chose a public life is a co-out and a pathetic argument. They chose a public life, and sure, that means people are going to want to take their picture. There is a difference between taking a picture and screaming obsenities and crowding, blocking paths and chasing stars while they are holding their children. The whole paparatzi thing has gotten out of control and I hope the law to protect them passes. 

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

Should they expect photos and a steady stream of paparazzi doing their jobs? Of course... however, our society is no longer a moral one that is sympathetic towards anyone, mush less our precious children. Today's paparazzi are animals- who are cruel and down right evil towards all parties. The stalk, they break and enter, they harass, and the cause duress...


If they acted humane and professional, this wouldn't be a problem. But they aren't- they are money hungry dangers.

Elaine Cox

maybe halle should explain why she was trying to sell her baby pics for a million bucks....and to act like these stars and their press agents arent feeding the beast is a joke...my sister works in pub in LA...stars call her and tell her they are coming in and to alert the media...so she drops a dime to tmz and others...then the star acts all insulted and bad ass about the media in their face

hopef... hopefulmommieLW

They chose the life, they have to deal with the consequences. That being said, the paparazzi have to tone it down a bit, even for their own safety!! A picture is not worth a life, antone's life!

catfisha catfisha

"As a writer, if I post anything about my children, I have to be prepared to have them be the subject of vicious attacks". But has she wrote anything about her children?


She says: "I don’t want a gang of shouting, arguing, lawbreaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are all day every day to continue traumatizing my kids."  remember the word " lawbreaking"!

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

It doesnt matter what profession you choose!! Children deserve safety and peice of mind. 

ds79 ds79

I don't understand why people say choosing to act as your profession automatically makes you a public person who has to share your entire life with the world. I doubt most people become actors because they love the paparazzi. No matter what their parents do for a living it's never ok to harass a child.

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

This bill is totally necessary, and I think if theStir wants to be completely child friendly, it needs a new policy banning articles about celebrity kids. No judgment about the Jolie-Pitt kids, no articles on Suri Cruise's fashion choices (which is really quite sad that it's "newsworthy" anyway), no speculation about the feeding habits of North West. If you recognize that you want your own children to be protected, why wouldn't you extend that same respect to other people's children?

Marcel Chagnon

GET A LIFE ..NOBODY SHOULD BE IN PUPLIC  UNLESS THEY WANT TOO BE SEEN ....HERE AND IDEA MOVE TOOSAUDI  ARABIA .....OUR CHINA OUR ISREALL ALLASSSHOLETHERE TOO

TheSe... TheSecondWife

I have no doubt if this writters children were being stalked on a daily basis, with greasy scary men jumping out from behind trees and terrorizing her children, she would not be so cavilier about this issue. Nor would any mother on this thread that thinks the stars children get what they deserve. I would support this legislation for the simple reason it is effecting chilren. I guess I'm just not jealous of these women's big paychecks. I hope they win, and I hope their children get to have somewhat normal lives. That's what I would want for my own.

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