While some celebrities are trying to meet in the middle with paparazzi, other celebrities call it quits to dealing with celebrity life's lack of privacy.
In a Feb. 24 New York post article, republished on Vulture, actor Alec Baldwin gives up on Hollywood after 30 years in the industry and writes about why New York has lost its anonymity. But in the op/ed, he appears as concerned about how his family is treated by paparazzi and fans as he does about his own reputation.
"Photographers today get right up in your face, my wife’s, my baby’s," he wrote in the Vulture piece told to Joe Hagan. "It used to be you’d go into a restaurant and the owner would say, 'Do you mind if I take a picture of you and put it on my wall?' Sweet and simple. Now, everyone has a camera in their pocket."
Baldwin doesn't seem to mind the fans so much as he does the relentless behavior of paparazzi who'll do anything for a reaction or photograph. He recounted a story in which a TMZ videographer allegedly follows his family by bike when they get in a car. Baldwin said the same photographer once followed his wife on a bike and laughed when she fell. The photographer's response to his wife: "See what I made you do?"
This kind of frustration with photographers could be the source of the ammunition that actress Halle Berry and Aerosmith rock star Steven Tyler have been vocal about in recent debates about celebrity photographs.
Although the Steven Tyler bill was approved by Hawaii's Senate and shot down for late deadlines in Hawaii's House of Representatives, Star Advertiser confirmed that the same bill could pick up where it left off this year. Since the Senate already approved it, it would go straight back to the House for consideration.
Initiative not to give up may be that Berry was able to get an anti-paparazzi bill approved as law in California. After the actress had an altercation with photographers trying to take photos of her family, she was the spokesperson for the anti-paparazzi bill allowing parents to bring a civil action against violators.
It makes sense that Baldwin would now want to go from being a New Yorker to living in Los Angeles with this new law in effect last month. Anyone violating the California law could serve one year and 10 days in jail, in addition to a fine of up to $10,000.
The Motion Picture Association of America, the National Press Photographers Association and the California Broadcasters Association oppose the law.
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