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Topic : 03/11 Dr. Phil Now: Targeting the Paparazzi

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Created on : Friday, March 07, 2008, 11:30:06 am
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Dr. Phil takes on a hot topic that has people buzzing! They’ve been called wolves, snakes and vultures, and now Hollywood stars want them to back off. They’re the "stalkarazzi" who stop at nothing to get that million dollar photo. What should happen to photographers and videographers who chase celebrities through traffic, harass them and hunt them down like prey? Should they go to jail, or do celebrities give up their right to privacy when they become famous? Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine has created an anti-paparazzi proposal that would impose a personal safety bubble of several feet around public figures who are deemed to be paparazzi targets. Joining the discussion is Russell Turiak, a paparazzi for 30 years, Adrian Grenier, star of HBO’s show Entourage, Hollywood.TV owner Sheeraz Hasan, actress Illeana Douglas, and Brandy Navarre, Vice President of photo agency X17 Online. What do they think of the newly proposed Britney law? Plus, who does musician Gene Simmons say is to blame for the celebrity-obsessed paparazzi? Talk about the show here.

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March 8, 2008, 2:10 pm CST

The law and privacy,

 it should be against the law to invade the privacy of any person like the tabs and press do, if you don't give prior knowledge consent to be followed or photoghraphed it is stalking, and criminal invasion of privacy, I don't know why people need to know what does not concern them but it has become downright shameful, if you want to pry into peoples private lives and know what is none of your business expect to pay stiff penalties.
your image is your property and no one has the right to it but you,
March 8, 2008, 3:34 pm CST

Stalking photogs

 I am concerned in particular about Brittany. she  is stalked everywhere she goes.  Your Police Cheifs answwer to Brittany stay home.  She is not the one to have her rights taken away that should be the photogs should be taken away.  When she goes to court she can't get into the building because photogs are standing fifteen deep and then they berate her for leaving, another news story.  In N.Y. they almost caused her to drop her baby because they were blocking her path, another big story and lots of money for the stalkers.  I hope you can do something about this because they have gotten out of control.  They are stalkers and I thought there were laws against in CA.  good for you Dr. Phil.
March 8, 2008, 5:00 pm CST

Thoughts on the Paparazzi

The Paparazzi need to be held accountable for their behavior.  They endanger the lives of people.  They destroy lives without remorse.  I despise their work.
March 8, 2008, 5:18 pm CST

They have rights also

Why has this been allowed to go on like this. Sure people like to know what their favorite celebrity is doing when not making movies but not to the extreme that the paparazzi has been allowed too. If I was being stalked like that, the law would be there for me so why not for them. Just because they are a celebrity doesn't give anyone the right to endanger their lives . It makes me furious when I see something like that on television to where they can't even get in their car let alone drive away safely. It doesn't even matter when they are putting little children's lives in danger just to get their stupid photos. The law is the law regarding stalking no matter who you are. It's time for the law to protect and serve EVERYONE !!!!!!!



March 8, 2008, 6:59 pm CST


I agree there should be bounderies and this is true for anyone not just the famous.  But I also feel that if the famous people think back to the time when they were struggling to be known they made the choice.  It is not right but take Elvis for example, I am sure he had no idea what was to come when he started performing.  It goes along with their profession and some of them are paid very well to put up with the harrassment.  It does not make it right or moral but when no one wants to write about them or get a picture I am sure their income would decline.  I feel bad for the fact that they can not just shop or go to  a public event with their family and blend in with the crowd.   It will never happen.

March 8, 2008, 7:33 pm CST



I hate it when the paparazzi photograph celebs at supermarkets buying produce and Red Bull.  I honestly don't care when I flip open a Us or whatever in line at the grocery store out of boredom and see those dumb "Is this normal" segments with some famous guy wiping his butt or doing something equally mundane.  Who cares?   To prove, what, that they're human beings?  Whoop de do!


Celebs should get attention for doing charity work and fighting causes.  Not taking their kids to soccer practice or going to the dentist...yawn. 

March 9, 2008, 12:27 pm CDT


I think all of the people who are victimized by photo rape ought to band together and come together with a class action suit citing the publications of such photos, to stop them. Money talks and talks and talks. Follow the money and see who are the perpetrators of all of the damaging effects of that kind of repeated violation. The long term affects of this kind of abuse, to fellow human beings, is surfacing in many of the victims. It it is to the point of desperation, and it is our right and duty to stop it. It is nearly impossible to watch TV without seeing the devastation it is causing these poor souls on every media event. If you or I committed that kind of crime we would be punished. It is a sick and enormous crime to commit against fellow human beings, whether they are out in public, or trying to get sanctuary in their own homes or churches, or grocery stores, or anywhere they need to go. The love of the money for that photo product is it's "root of evil" and what has caused gross violations to go unpunished. Money talks and talks and talks, like I said, so take it from them, the purchasers of exploitation, media monsters. Surely I am not the only one out here that thinks Papparazzi activity is cruel and must certainly be CRIMINAL. Follow the money and stop them, somehow! Thank for letting me vent on something I've been thinking about a long time. Pamela in Colorado

March 9, 2008, 6:49 pm CDT

Thats just wrong

Celebrities should take the tiny inconvenience of being stopped by fans or whatever a LITTLE bit - but to show scenes like George Clooney almost being caused to crash on his motorcycle ?  Now that is stepping over the line - I mean how much do we all really need or want to see someone famous riding his bike and more importantly at what cost ?  This already caused the death of one of the worlds most beloved women - does it need to happen again and again before we say enough is enough?  I am a huge fan of someone in the country music curcuit and I have seen him in situations where he wasnt on stage but was with his wife and while I did look sure I wasnt about to intrude on his time.  We all pay our money to go to shows and movies but that is all that we are entitled to - not a peice of their personal life.  Lay off the celebs - well unless you can keep embarassing good old Britney to make her WAKE UP and smell the coffee and be a good mother.  Oh good lord what am I saying - the little narcissist will never wake up in time to be a good mother OR a good and productive member of society. 
March 9, 2008, 8:57 pm CDT

Right to privacy

I think celebs have a right to privacy, just like everyone else.  Especially when they are with their kids.  If you saw some person sitting in a car taking pictures of you playing with your kids at a park, wouldn't you call the police?  Or if someone was following you trying to take pictures.  But it also should not be up the police's job to stop photographers.  I wonder how much tax money was wasted when Britney went to the hospital with a police escort.  Money that could have been spent on more important things anti-drug programs, getting drug dealers off the street, helping some single family eat for a day, getting a rapist off the street, etc.


I wonder when I see mags in the grochery isle besides those curious about celebs.  Who else is picking up the mags with Shiloh, the Spears boys, Suri, etc.  I wonder how celebs would feel knowing their kids are probably being oogled at by molestors and pedophiles? 


When the fore-fathers said "Freedom of the Press."  They ment for press to be able to say what they wanted about the government and high ranking people without being persecuted.  The only celeb mag I buy is People, because majority of those pics are taken by People with permission.

March 10, 2008, 4:46 am CDT

03/11 Dr. Phil Now: Targeting the Paparazzi

I know that with celebrity status comes a certain amount of loss of privacy. And there are times when I am curious about celebrities. But, recently there was a video of Brad Pitt buying his son a hot dog. A long drawn out video of him playing with his son and then buying him a hotdog. It was not something that had me on the edge of my seat. And it seemed sad to know that it is impossible for a celebrity  to live a "normal" life and have the life experiences that most of us take for granted. I liked the way Clooney stood up to the papparazzi who almost caused him to crash on his motorcycle. There needs to be some restraint on the part of the photograhers, no doubt. I do watch shows ET and Inside Edition, but I don't care enough to pay money for the magazines.
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