It's no secret that Jennifer Garner, ah, how do I say this delicately, despises the paparazzi with every bone in her body. But, typically, the actress manages to remain rather stoic when cameras are intrusively shoved into her and her three children's faces when she's simply out for a carton of milk. Her husband, Ben Affleck, has freaked out on them -- numerous times, actually. But not our girl, Jen. Until now.
On Sunday, while Garner was at a Farmer's Market in the Pacific Palisades with her kids, she whipped out her phone, got in a paparazzo's face, and proceeded to snap away, "giving him a taste of his own medicine". The photographer seemed to be amused by Garner's reaction, and he unabashedly continued to film her losing her sh*t.
When I first saw these pictures, I thought, "No, Jen! Whydja do it?! You're giving this guy exactly what he wants!" But then I realized, "Wait a second. What mom wouldn't do this?"
Imagine you're at a grocery store, or a park, or on your way back from a playdate, and some big scary man (or woman) is in your children's face (right up in there!), rudely taking their photo; and said photo will eventually wind up on the Internet and in magazines. A complete lack of morals -- or Jesus, manners -- all to make a buck. And imagine your children crying to you at the end of the night, asking you why their friends never have to have their photos taken? And then imagine, in your darker moments, wondering if you and your job are going to be the thing that puts your kids in therapy, years down the road? Sounds pretty terrible. How could someone not snap under those circumstances?
At the end of the day, did Jennifer Garner teach that shameless paparazzo a lesson? No. Not at all. In fact, the person who took those photos of Garner freaking out probably made a pretty penny. But she was done. She'd had it. And she simply lost it. What mom can't relate to that?
What would you do if you were Jennifer?
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