It’s a big world, but according to Kanye West, it’s not big enough to hide from drones. The rapper, who famously got into a physical altercation with a photographer at LAX last year, has revealed that he worries that high flying cameras could harm his one-year-old daughter, North West.
On Wednesday, TMZ posted Kanye’s quotes from a deposition in the lawsuit filed by photographer Daniel Ramos, in which he stated that he fears that paparazzi-driven drones could harm his toddler.
In the depo, Yeezy reportedly tells Ramos’s attorney that inept photographers could cause a catastrophe: "Is your daughter stalked by like drones?” he asks the lawyer.“Are there drones flying where she's trying to learn how to swim at age 1? Wouldn't you like to just teach your daughter how to swim without a drone flying? What happens if a drone falls right next to her? Would it electrocute her? Could it fall and hit her if that paparazzi doesn't understand how to remote control the drone over their house?"
West and his wife Kim Kardashian have already put their Bel Air mansion on the market because it’s too accessible to the paparazzi, and they’ve purchased a secluded $20 million Hidden Hills estate on more than three acres of land in the hopes of hiding from paparazzi cameras. But perhaps this high-profile couple should take some advice from a famous lifestyle guru to get over any fears they may have of unmanned aerial systems.
Last week, Time posted a glowing tribute to hobbyist drones, written by Martha Stewart. The multimillionaire media entrepreneur revealed that she was given a drone last year as a birthday gift, and she’s been hooked ever since.
According to Stewart, her drone provides gorgeous photos and videos of her 153-acre Bedford, New York estate, giving her aerial shots that would have been impossible without the use of a private plane or helicopter. She even went so far as to ponder what historical figures like Louis XIV, André Le Nôtre, and Henri IV could have accomplished with the use of drones.
Despite her apparent love for drones, the enthusiastic 67-year-old did pose some questions: “Do they raise legitimate privacy concerns? Should they be regulated? Should we have a national debate?”
Stewart didn’t answer those questions, but she did post a series of aerial shots, taken via drone on her website Marthastewart.com. Perhaps Kanye should take a look, and embrace the drone technology.