Halle Berry hits out at paparazzi
Halle Berry’s campaign to protect the privacy of celebrity children is not the first time a star has hit out at the persistent paparazzi.
Her criticism of child media exposure is also timely, coming just a few months after Beyonce and hubby Jay-Z went to such great lengths to keep their baby Blue Ivy out of the public eye.
In a sense, any parent can empathise with their concerns. Why should Jay-Z and Beyonce have to buy a custom-built van just to give themselves and their newborn child some privacy?
Halle’s argument is simple. She believes her kids’ exposure to the media is unfair on them, especially in ‘normal’ scenarios such as at the shops or when they are arriving and leaving school.
Creepy men lurking nearby places you visit with your child, camera in hand, would be pretty troublesome for any non-celebrity. So, I can certainly appreciate why Halle wants a normal life for her kids.
She also has a point when she complains that her children are being evaluated for the clothes they are wearing, or their habits compared to other children.
Berry has become so riled by her kids being constantly photographed, she’s even attempting to get the law changed in Los Angeles.
But even if she’s unsuccessful, at least Halle can take comfort from the fact that she has the finances to try to protect her kids from public attention.
Investing in a high wall around your house, tinted windows, or even making special arrangements for outings – these are all things celebrities such as Katie Price can, and do, do to protect the privacy of their families.
Yes, of course it’s a worry that any child has their photo plastered across international print and web press. But why should it only be celebrity children who receive this protection?
I wonder if Berry is as keen to have other kids protected from being caught in press photographs. For example, when normal families find themselves the subject of press attention because of something they’ve done or are involved in.
I wonder if Halle’s proposals involve protecting these children from press exposure as well? Or is it just celebrity kids that are in need of this special treatment?