Stars Fight Back Against Paparazzi
April 19, 2005

An angry Jude Law was caught off guard at London's Heathrow Airport by aggressive shutterbugs and actually sent a kick toward photographers. Yes, the battle between celebrities and the paparazzi is certainly heating up, and Hollywood is speaking out.

"There should be laws and there should be a line that you can't cross," Ellen DeGeneres said.

Lara Flynn Boyle added, "It's a great problem to have, but it is a problem."

The tenuous relationship between stars and the people who shoot them has taken an ugly turn since Reese Withersoon was cornered and then chased by photographers as she tried to make her way home from the gym on Friday.

Ron Galella is the original paparazzo, the man who jetted around the world in search of Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Onassis for decades. But even he objects to the hunt and shoot tactics of today's paparazzi.

"The paparazzi today are money-hungry people," he explained. "They're unskilled."

Pam Anderson snapped back at the paparazzi with her own camera Monday at her son's baseball game to get them to leave her alone, while Eva Longoria tried a playful approach at a newsstand. But her "Desperate" co-star Ricardo Chavira says he understands both sides.

"It kind of goes along with the territory," he said. "You have to find a way to deal with it and find a happy medium with it."

Some stars are calling for new laws, but at least one photographer says he wants his rights protected too. "People died on foreign beaches to have free press in this country," he insisted. "If you start making special laws for special people, we're going to go down the wrong path."

There may be no easy answers, but Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi say each star has to find their own peace. "We always do what you're supposed to do with bears, which is to make yourself look bigger," Ellen said. "We lift our jackets and it seems to work, and the paparazzi run from any technique like that scares bears."

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