Kristen Bell Won’t Talk With Media That Use Photos of Celebs’ Kids

Kristen Bell
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Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard have been staunch advocates in the fight against paparazzi pictures of celebrities’ children without consent since the birth of their daughter, Lincoln. Now she’s taking her cause one step further by declining to participate in certain interviews at the Los Angeles and New York premieres of her upcoming movie, “Veronica Mars.”

Which media outlets are on the blacklist? Those that publish unauthorized photos of celebrities’ children — or what the couple has dubbed “pedorazzi.”

In the past, Bell and Shepard have turned to Twitter to urge their followers to stop purchasing said magazines, and she even tweeted, “I won’t do interviews 4 entities that pay photogs to take pics of my baby anymore. I care more about my integrity & my values than my career.”

She has also been using Twitter to blast specific outlets:

https://twitter.com/IMKristenBell/status/436194078598758400

Bell and Shepard aren’t the only ones who are fighting against the paparazzi. In August, Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner gave emotional testimonies in front of the Assembly Judiciary Committee at the California State Capitol.

“I love my kids,” Garner said. “They’re beautiful and sweet and innocent. And I don’t want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers, who camp out everywhere we are, every day, to continue traumatizing my kids.”

Berry added that, while she is famous, she was speaking as a mother of “little innocent children who didn’t ask to be celebrities.”

“They didn’t ask to be thrown into this game, and they don’t have the wherewithal to process what’s happening,” Berry said. “We don’t have a law in place to protect them from this.”

Berry and Garner received a victory in September when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill aimed at keeping paparazzi away from the children of celebrities. The bill included increased penalties from a maximum of six months in jail to a maximum of one year. Potential fines would increase to $10,000 from the current $1,000.

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  1. Bill says:

    The same First Amendment that allows Bell and her husband to ply their trade allows the media to do their jobs too.

  2. Shay says:

    Then were does one draw the line? The problem with Bell/Shepard’s crusade is not that they want toprotect their kids, all parents should. It’s that their celebrity counterparts aren’t playing by those same rules. Why is it okay for these same individuals to sell pictures for millions of dollars to publications such as People, US Weekly etc? If you’re selling pictures of your childen, why would anyone take you seriously in a fight to stop pictures of your children from being sold?

    Furthermore, a great deal of celebrities call the paparazzi themselves to stage “candids.” And this is done from the top (Angelina Jolie etc.) to the bottom (Kardashians). In addition to that, every time someone has a new project coming out or they’re up for an award it seems like they WANT to be seen. It’s rather interesting that Jennifer Garner is on this campaign because when her husband was trying to get award recognition for Argo, they had rather…convenient family photos everywhere.

    What it really seems like to me is that celebrities want to pick and choose for whenever it’s convenient or beneficial to them to have pictures of their children taken and not going to fly. Celebrities and the paparazzi go hand in hand, they both need and feed off of each other. It’s a leech eat leech world out there.

  3. GKN says:

    I wholly support this too. For God’s sake, protect the children. Affleck said in a recent interview someone sending death threats had infiltrated these mobs taking pictures of their family several times. Since they have no common sense, yes, we do need laws.

  4. Kristie Window says:

    Most people say that ” that’s show business for you. This is the career they chose.”
    Sure. They chose their career.
    But with everyone in this world there’s our personal life and our working life. Never do the two collaborate together. It’s one or the other.
    So nay sayers, picture yourself at work and someone is doing a report on you. Making a list and photographing your progress. You expect that when your work day is over that it’ll be over. So you drive home, hug your children and partner only to turn around and see that photographs and reports are still in full motion.
    You cant escape that violated feeling. That very tragic overpowering feeling when you realise that what they’re doing is fine. It’s ok for them do it, because the world needs to know (or so they think they do) how do you tick. What happens in your life.

    It’s like having a stalker and calling the police for help and they just say “deal with it” (not that police would ever say that, but I’m trying to make a point here)

    This is wrong. Taking pictures of people or children without their consent, c’mon world, how much more jaded can you get?
    Privacy. Everyone expects it. So dont deprive anyone of it if you value it too.
    Enough said.

    I whole heartedly support Kristen and Dax and all the other celebrities. After all, they are people too.

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