When Does Enough Really Become Enough?
Date: (See Above)
To: Any and everyone involved in celebrity gossip, specifically the paparazzi
From: Yours Truly
Subject: When are you going to fucking back off already?!
Okay, it’s been a while since I wrote anything exciting in The SoapBox—let alone anything exciting at all— but now I just need to fucking explode. I have really bit my tongue on this subject way too long and it’s time to let it all fucking go.
I just went to visit my guilty-pleasure website to see if there was anything new, and low and behold, I found something which subconciously, I knew it was bound to come. Unfortunately, you can’t see it unless you register, so I’ll just tell you what it is. Here we have FOUR totally candid shots of Mr. Kutcher as he tries to have a jog throughout the neighborhood. Isn’t this something one would like to do in fucking peace?!?!
My point is the paparazzi is really getting out of hand, and something really needs to be fucking done about it. What am I talking about, you may wonder? Well, if you, too, are not a dumbass, you will see my subliminalaties and follow through. If not, then oh well.
Back in the day, I never gave a shit about movie or TV stars, but lately I have, and I really don’t know why. Celebrities seem to be more and more exploited these days than ever before. We’ve gone as far as to have a channel totally dedicated to them. Any network that carries a news program even devotes a segment on telling you what the stars are doing, what they’re wearing, how many times they sneezed, who they’re engaged to, who they divorced, how many times they went to the bathroom, the list just goes on forever. Even though that is enough in itself to drive me crazy, the thing now that I can’t stand is how the paparazzi is really taking themselves to the extreme, and now it’s starting to get fucking ugly. Hey can you tell how mad I AM YET?!
Many people in the entertainment industry—whether it’s film, television, music, theatre, or whatever—understand certain sacrifices have to be made in order to be successful. Yes, you’re going to lose some of your privacy, but when it comes to the point of having cars or vans parked right outside your front door—because God forbid someone halfway around the world doesn’t see a candid shot of your favorite movie star, they won’t be able to even function through their day, she said ever so sarcastically—that’s when it needs to just end. Ever hear of the zoom lens?! Use it! It’s actually worth what it’s created for.
There really needs to be some sort of law established, at least in California first, that states no one is allowed to photograph any well known person from a certain, “personal space” type of distance; let’s say for argument’s sake, 500 feet. Celebrities are regular people, just like you and me. Just because they chose to be in entertainment does not mean everyone has to flood their privacy and space because Us Weekly would pay big bucks for a candid shot. This is why actors like Leonardo DiCaprio have to stay on the downlow; poor guy can’t even have a night on the town without a zillion assholes following him around with video cameras and still or digital cameras. It’s just gone way out of control lately.
If there are laws against stalking, and laws that allow people to get restraining orders against others, then why isn’t there anything for celebrities??? The amount of security these poor people need nowadays is ridiculous, and downright frightening. I’m sure you all heard about how Britney Spear’s mom backed into a photographer who was asked politely to step back, and refused? It’s his own fucking fault he got hit! There’s going to be a point where you’re not the current hot commodity in Tinseltown, and other people will be more in the spotlight than you, regardless of how well your career is going, or how successful you are.
The media just needs to start pulling the brakes now, before something really fucked up happens. Don’t exploit entertainment, be gentile. Celebrities have feelings, too, you know. They’re not freaking machines or robots.