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