Monday, March 06, 2006

Giving Paparazzi a Bad Name

It seems the trend these days among Hollywood celebrities is staging their own paparazzi photos, which are then sold to magazines like People, Us Weekly and the National Enquirer.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Simpson are hiring their own photographers "to capture supposedly private rendezvous, tipping off reporters to their whereabouts and developing relationships of mutual back-scratching with magazine editors."

The paper dubs this Fake Paparazzi Journalism. It's a practice that I think gives real paparazzi a bad name (as if their reputations could get any worse). It also makes their jobs that much harder if they have to compete with hired guns who are strategically positioned for the "money" shots.

Says the Wall Street Journal:

Stars get to participate in the framing of their image and magazines appear to give readers a glimpse of the real celebrity untouched by public-relations varnish.

So now we can't even trust paparazzi photos to tell us the real story behind our favorite celebrities.

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