Thursday, October 16, 2008

Paparazzi are the Jolie-Pitts

Cow was considering paparazzi after reading Anne Morrow Lindbergh's biography.

Yes, even back in the 1920's celebs were chased and hounded by photographers. When the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped the press became a third, unrestrained player in the crime.

There is a huge market for photos and prices commanded are sky-high. But the lengths and expenses stars must go to, trying to protect themselves or even just have a dinner out at a restaurant, are extreme and probably horribly expensive.

Cow thinks the best way to solve this would be government regulation. When every pap has to take a test, and get a license, pay fees, and request permission to fish a certain pond, and have their equipment examined for safety at regular intervals, and attend "continuing education" classes and take tests on sanitation procedures followed, and be subject to new regulations every year (international, of course)....their numbers would quickly dwindle.
Just as hairdressers must be licensed to use scissors, paps should have to be licensed.

Just regulate them as fishermen are. If stars only faced a couple paps instead of bloodthirsty hordes of them, it would be better. Not ideal, but better. It would also conserve the stars from being over-fished to extinction.

See! The Land of Topiary has an answer for everything.


Blogger Watercolor said...

Interesting concept....

7:28 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

And just maybe we'd have less ridiculously stupid celebrity news taking up time and brain cells.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Gorilla Bananas said...

I'm surprised more of them don't get beaten up.

11:19 PM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Watercolor: Cow was reading the story about the paps chasing the Jolie Pitts and it was ridiculous. Felt very sorry for them.

Susan: Yes. The news shows follow these people as if they are the only story on earth. When, they are just rich, good-looking people who don't know us, and that we don't know.

GB: Cow agrees. Guess it is because they could sue for millions were that to occur.


6:54 AM  
Blogger From the Doghouse said...

You'd also have to have a way to punish the people who use work from unlicensed fishermen - er, people.

And I think that, if you continually stick a camera in someone's face (or worse, their kid's face) and interrupt their lives, they have the right to beat you senseless with said camera.

7:54 AM  
Blogger Sandi said...


This sounds like a good plan to me. I always feel so sorry for the children of celebrities. That's a heck of a way to grow up, under a microscope like that.

10:46 AM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Dog: Cow agrees with you.

Plus, footage of said "beating senseless" would be great to watch! (heh)...

Sandi: Amazing how some of these people grow up with it and it never goes away, never gets better. For instance JFK Junior, all his life, people following him. Prince William and Harry, the same.

The gilded cage, apparently. You have a life of luxury. But you just don't have a life of your own.


2:46 PM  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

After the death of Princess Di the English press solemnly vowed to protect 'the little princes' from the excesses of the worst extremes of the paparazzi and would never, ever, ever stoop so low ever again, honestly. At all.

Which just goes to show the unbridled hypocrisy and cant of the English press.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Linda and her Twaddle said...

Maybe if people stopped reading trashy mags then the demand for the pics would drop.

Except when I am at the hairdressers and need to catch up on all the celeb gossip via the copious amounts of trashy mags on hand.

All those regulations could start AFTER the divorce between Madonna and Guy Richie is finalised - I mean to say, that would be interesting reading.

The relationship between Paparazzi and celebs is almost parasitic on both sides.

11:49 PM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Kevin: yes. Looks like the princes, and their girlfriends, are subjected to just as much as before.

Linda: true, there is a relationship. When stars are starting, of course they would welcome some publicity. But after they are famous the amount of stalking they are subjected to is insane.

Don't know much can be done though...


2:30 PM  

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