There have been many scuffles between celebrities and the paparazzi as of late … but will the bitter battles ever end?
Oftentimes, members of the paparazzi will claim that they are helping keep the stars in the public eye, while capturing some of their "best moments." But it can also be argued that just because an individual is a well-known personality doesn’t mean he or she can’t enjoy the quality of life as anyone else would ... without being chased or followed on a regular basis.
In one incident this week, Alec Baldwin had gotten into a physical confrontation with a New York photographer. This scuffle though just marks the latest exchange between him and the media.
And the list of encounters has been growing and growing. Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Russell Brand and Sean Penn are just some of the celebs that come to mind in regards to the heated moments they've had with the paps recently.
Some stars say that laws should be created to protect them ... and their children. A-List celeb moms Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry have used their star power to fight for a proposed California law that would limit the paparazzi's access to their little ones.
But in an HLN interview this week, co-owner of photo agency Buzzfoto and veteran paparazzo Henry Flore said that he believes tougher laws would infringe on the legitimate work of experienced paparazzi.
He even says, “Nowadays, everyone is a paparazzo. Even the new smartphones have 41-megapixel cameras.”
In response to all the scuffles, HLN’s Dr. Drew offered some advice to celebs who feel they are being aggressively approached by the paparazzi.
“Listen, I'm not in favor of taking the law into your own hands," he said. "I'm not saying physical violence or assault is OK. I know how threatening it can feel when these people come onto you … but don't take the law into your own hands anymore. [You don't need to] assault anybody.”
So what do you think? Do you see paparazzi simply as photo-journalists or harassers?