We love Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard for all kinds of reasons. But this makes us love them even more. Dax and Kristen appeared on Access Hollywood to confront two paparazzi bosses about photographing celebs' children. As you can tell from the photo, it got a little heated. If you thought Kristen was passionate about sloths, wait until you hear how she feels about photographers mobbing her to photograph her baby.
I don't mean to make light of this issue. Here's how Kristen describes her experiences with photographers.
We're on the street. And I'm telling you, as a mother, when I'm holding my baby, your foot soldiers are nasty. What they're doing may be legal. But when I get off an airplane, and I'm walking to my car, and it's dark, because I don't travel with an entourage, and I'm with my baby by myself, it's terrifying ...
Dax interjects at that point to describe the screaming and the flashbulbs going off in Kristen's eyes, probably because he can't stand that this happens to his wife and his baby. They admit it's legal, but they say the "pederazzi" are unethical. And they want magazines to stop paying for photos of celebs' children.
The photo agency owners talk down to Kristen and Dax, telling her she's being hysterical. They also seem to think nothing will ever change, so (shrug) whatever lady. Quit complaining. It's not as bad as you say it is. Outta my control!
They look like total jerks. But who's really at fault? Magazines are buying these photos from harassing photographers. And who is buying those magazines? WE ARE. While people like Kristen and Dax and Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry fight to protect their kids' privacy, I think fans have to think about our appetite for those photos.
Are we total jerks, too? Are we feeding the monster every time we buy a magazine or click on a headline with those baby photos? I feel for parents like Kristen, and I hope they succeed in getting magazines to stop paying for photos of children. But I'm also going to think twice the next time I think about clicking on a link promising to show a celeb's baby.
Do you think it's unethical for photographers to stalk celebs for photos of their children?
Image via Access Hollywood