Paparazzi and why they are wrong

A paparazzi is a freelance photographer who is not affiliated with any mainstream media organization. They try to make a name for themselves by constantly searching for best celebrities’ photographs. At times to get a glimpse of celebrities’ events or personal lives, they stalk them using hidden cameras. The motive of most paparazzi is to capture celebrities in their most unappealing or candid moment. Competition among paparazzi is usually very tight since all of them are trying to earn a large amount of money by getting the unique pictures. Celebrities have taken to court a number of paparazzi who have been found trespassing on their homes or their personal events. For a celebrity, it is very stressful to have paparazzi following you around and that why celebrities are forced to look great all the time.
The word paparazzi came from an Italian word “paparazzo” which means an annoying insect, which in some way can be compared to today’s paparazzi. The current society is somehow obsessed with celebrities and how they live their lives, this has resulted to off limit paparazzi coming up. They disregard almost all ethical and moral values in photography. Most of these photographers forget that celebrities are human being too and they require privacy which is their right.
The paparazzi problem was not there in the two generation that has passed, for instance, President Franklin D Roosevelt disability was never photographed or frequently mentioned despite him using braces and wheelchair for years. In the previous years there was a number of presidents who cheated on their wives but still, media did not cover it. Now if you compare such scenarios with the President Clinton extramarital affairs scenario, you will see the difference. The media widely covered the extramarital affairs which show clearly the falling a part of the ethical code of conduct.
When a celebrity or any other person is inside a fenced yard that is not visible for the street or inside a house, he should be given the privacy that he deserve. Paparazzi should seek permission first before entering or photographing in such private places. New York court ruled that patrons dining in a restaurant should be allowed to dine in peace and for photographers to shoot inside the restaurant they will need permission since restaurant is a public place for purpose of dining (Dill 177)
Behaviors such as impersonation, fraud, disguise, trickery and breaking into are used by paparazzi to gain access to private area and are illegal. Surprisingly you will still see some paparazzi engaging in such behaviors so as to get pictures or stories that they want. It is disappointing to see when these paparazzi are found in such private areas they are forced to leave but they have nothing to lose since in most cases they have the pictures that they wanted. Celebrities should make sure to press charges to such photographers who clearly seems not to mind other people privacy.
After the death of Princess Diana many people especially the public figures have increased the disgust towards the paparazzi. During the fatal accident that killed Princess Diana and her driver, her Mercedes was being chased by seven paparazzi. It is saddening to know that Princess Diana had pleaded with the paparazzi to leave her alone, she stated that the photographers were causing a distressing intrusion into her personal life. Actor Tom Cruise commented after Princess Diana death that he too had been chased by paparazzi is the same tunnel where they run light and harass you the whole time.
It has become very difficult for celebrities and ordinary people to have their privacy from the public especially when they are at their most vulnerable situation. For instance, some celebrities are unable to privately grief when they lost a child or a spouse because there are paparazzi who are waiting outside his door to take advantage of his tragedy. To photograph a window inside a funeral home is illegal and inhuman. It is very important for paparazzi to carefully consider what they are publishing on the internet and the means they use to get the photographs or the information.
The laws that protect the privacy of an individual should be used to protect the public figures from such paparazzi. I believe our society don’t have to revolve around the celebrities personal lives especially the negative ones. By people stepping forward to change the law is the best way to deal with paparazzi problem. For instance, the use of long-distance photographic equipment to take photographs in someone private home or facilities should be prohibited. Also, publishing photographs that are taken at home or other private places without the consent of the homeowner should be made illegal.
As I conclude, just because someone is a talented actor or musician doesn’t mean the public should have access to all his/her personal life and get to judge everything he does. In most cases, celebrities are different from what they are advertised as, and all they want is to make a living from their talent. The torture and hating some celebrities experience on social media is because of paparazzi who invade celebrities’ lives and expose their personal information not meant for the public.