"Knock , Knock. Who's There? It's the Papparzzi"
In 1960 Federico Fellini directed a film intitled "La Dole Vita". In the film actor Walter Santesso plays a news photographer named 'Paparazzo'. Little did any of them know the term 'paparazzo' would be a staple in households and news lines everywhere.
In today's times the paparazzi are considered to be rutheless photographers who will do anything to get a snapshot of a celebrity or athelete. Whether it be them leaving practice or a movie set, going out to clubs at night, grocery shopping, or even walking their kids to school. Some say paparazzi are down right (excuse my french) --- assholes. Standing in line at the supermarket or walking down the streets in some cities, we see magazines or tabloids that have celebrites faces plastered on them in sometimes disapproving situations. We never wonder how the pictures got taken or what lengths it took to get such an amazing or sometimes horrid shot.
In June of 2005, then 18 year old Lindsay Lohan's car was hit by photographer Galo Cesar Ramirez who was trying to follow her. In an interview she said "A line needs to be drawn in terms of getting violent." She then joined other celebs including Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in trying to prevent the "pap" from invading their personal space. In several instances the paparazzi claim the First Amendment, which prohibits the making of any law abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, or interfering with the right to peaceably assemble. It is very hard for a celebrity to not seem like a hyprocrite when asking for the paparazzi to leave them alone. When leaving your "normal" life behind to partake in the lavish yet dangerous life of being famous, there are some things that comes with the territory. One of those things are having your privacy taken away from you. "The last thing you wnt to sound like is a crybaby," actress Halle Berry said. "I do understand the First Amendment...
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