Halle Berry’s anti-paparazzi Bill protects children from paparazzi in California
Very recently, renowned Hollywood actress, Halle Berry, appealed for laws which protected children, especially celebrity children, from being harassed by photographers. The result was the swift signing in of the anti-paparazzi Bill into California law by current state governor, Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 606 demanded legal punishment for those who attempted to video record or take still photographs of the children of celebrities in a manner which, “seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes them”. Upon the Bill being passed, Berry, along with fellow supporters, actress Jennifer Garner and singer Adele, is quoted to have expressed gratitude by saying, “On behalf of my children, it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end for those overly aggressive paparazzi whose outrageous conduct has caused so much trauma and emotional distress."
Berry, who is currently expecting her second child, is no stranger to altercations with the paparazzi, who are known for overstepping ethical boundaries in their bid to get exclusive photographs of celebrities and their families. She recently yelled at a photographer who was attempting to photograph her young daughter. The other paparazzi members, who went on to upload photographs and videos on various gossip and social media websites, filmed the altercation. It is common knowledge that the paparazzi sometimes use tactics to push the buttons of, or otherwise provoke celebrities into reacting to them, just for the sake of getting those classic controversial photographs, which will then be sold for thousands of dollars to popular tabloid newspapers and magazines.
Photographs and videos of celebrities are hot sellers, no doubt, but when the subject of a photograph is a young child, it is necessary to take a step back and respect his/her personal space. Berry’s point was made clear while she testified in support of her Bill, citing numerous instances where the actions of paparazzi directly endangered the life and safety of her children. Also coming forward in support of the Bill was actress Jennifer Garner, who shared an instance where a stalker posed as a photographer as part of an endeavor to get close to her while she was pregnant. The same stalker, who was later arrested while waiting outside her child’s school, had threatened to cut the children out of Garner’s pregnant belly, and was no doubt, looking for an opportunity to inflict harm on her child. Stalking therefore, constituted a large part of the reason why she chose to support the passing of the Bill; the actions of paparazzi, which do, in fact, stalk celebrities by following them around, qualify as unsafe and threatening behavior.
Speaking as a concerned mother first, and a celebrity second, Halle Berry shared the fear she had as a mother who feared for the safety of her children, and brought forward relevant points pertaining to the need for paparazzi to conduct themselves in a less threatening fashion. Thanks to Berry’s efforts, any photographer who is found taking photographs of celebrity’s children will be fined for up to $1000 per infraction, and will serve a jail term of up to 1 year. This law should serve as a deterrent to paparazzi who do not respect the privacy of celebrities and their families, and will hopefully put and end to the harassment faced by young children.