By Madina Safdari
The extravagant use of social media along with age old paparazzi tactics means that celebrities’ lives have become more public compared to previous years.
Most, if not all, celebrities have some sort of social media network where they can interact with their fans and post with no limits.
However, with that in mind, privacy often becomes a privilege many celebrities seek. For instance, the divorce between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie triggered an uproar within their fan base, despite the fact that the majority of their relationship remained private.
Immediately as the news surfaced, there was a public outcry in which many claimed they no longer believed in true love because of the split between the iconic couple. Across multiple online platforms people have provided their two cents on the topic as if they were the ones getting divorced. Nevertheless, as expected, the divorcees have yet to be as vocal as their fans.
“She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time,” Laura Wasser, Jolie’s attorney said to USA TODAY.
The public’s interest in the personal lives of celebrities blatantly goes against their innate right to seculsion. This invasion of privacy not only affects the individuals in the relationship but also their families as well.
In 2013, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck fought back against the paparazzi’s harassment of their children.
They stated to a committee at the state assembly in Sacramento that their children are not responsible for being born into the public eye, so they should not have to be hounded by the paparazzi and sometimes even stalkers.
“I chose a public life and understand that this means sacrifices in terms of privacy for our jobs. However my three children are private citizens and more than that they’re just little kids,” Affleck said.
These couples and families are not the only ones being exploited and harassed by the paparazzi. Celebrities like the Kardashians have also experienced this invasion of privacy. In July 2013, a camera man was seen trespassing on the Kardashians private property which led to Kris Jenner calling the police and filing a formal report against the intruder.
Whether the person was a fan or paparazzi was never confirmed. However, the possibility of fans going to those lengths is not uncommon.
Paparazzi set the precedent that these actions are acceptable and can ultimately lead fans to commit massive acts of invasion such as hacking social media, stalking, and even assaulting celebrities.
Oftentimes paparazzi disrespect and ignore people’s wishes for privacy, making them infamous for their stubborn personas and inability to quit when it comes to getting the perfect picture. They contribute massively to the invasion of privacy that many celebrities experience and provoke fans to feel the same entitlement.
It should be remembered that celebrities are not public servants meant to fulfill the needs of their fans by sacrificing their privacy. Ultimately, celebrities should be aware that they are public figures and act accordingly, but the relationship between fans and celebrities should be one of compromise.