For the past month or two, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have become the Norma Raes of paparazzi baby pictures and have gone hard to try to stop the paps (or the #pedorazzi as they call them) from clicking their cameras at chirruns. Kristen and Dax tweeted at magazines and entertainment sites and told them to stop posting and publishing pictures of celebrity kids without their parents’ permission. Entertainment Tonight was the first one to pop up and make the vow to never show paparazzi pics of kids again and now People, which has a whole section devoted to BABIES!!!, and Just Jared, who used to post a lot of celebrity kid pictures, have also joined Kristen and Dax’s cause. Somewhere, Jennifer Garner’s hands have gone clammy and she whispered to herself, “What I do??????“, after realizing that People won’t publish staged pap pictures of her kids during awards season anymore.
The Los Angeles Times says that both People and JJ will only post pictures of kids with their parents at events and pictures from Instagram and photo shoots. Kristen and Dax really went hard after People, because they felt like out of all the celebrity weeklies, People is the “classy” one who keeps their legs closed while wearing a skirt, covers their mouth while burping and dabs the side of their mouth after giving a beej. People’s editorial director Jess Cagle said in a letter that they will also publish “newsworthy” paparazzi pictures of kids (examples: Suri Cruise in flats, any picture of Blue Ivy Carter, etc…) and he went on to burn celeb whores who pimp out their kids one minute and scream for the media to leave their lives alone the next.
Of course, we still run a lot of sanctioned photos – like exclusive baby pictures taken with the cooperation of celebrity parents, and photos of stars posing with their kids at events (like a red carpet) where they’re expecting and willing to be photographed. But we have no interest in running kids’ photos taken under duress. Of course, there may be rare exceptions based on the newsworthiness of photos. And there’s always the tough balancing act we face when dealing with stars who exploit their children one day, and complain about loss of privacy the next
Dax and Kristen celebrated this shit with a tweet:
— dax shepard (@daxshepard1) February 25, 2014
I have three questions:
1. Does this mean this is the end of the hashtag #pedorazzi, because that mess sounds like the worst and most disturbing Las Vegas floor show ever. Chris Hansen Presents Pedorazzi!
2. Does this also mean that People and JJ won’t post paparazzi pictures of overgrown toddlers Justin Bieber and Kanye?
3. And how long do you think it took LeAnn Rimes to email both People and JJ a signed permission slip letting them know it’s okay to post pictures of her “bonus kids” anytime they want?