George Clooney Wrote An Open Letter To The Daily Mail, Asking Them To Stop Publishing Pictures Of His Kids

November 5, 2021 / Posted by:

When it comes to famous people, some are a-ok with having their kid’s face snapped by the paparazzi (let’s just say they’re big fans of the letter K). Other famous types will gladly let people know that the only acceptable photo of their kids is one that has been pixelated so hard, it looks like a low-resolution Minecraft character. George Clooney likes seeing pictures of his kids show up in the tabloids about as much as he likes Batman & Robin: he doesn’t. And he recently wrote an open letter asking tabloid sites like The Daily Mail to stop posting pictures of his not-famous children.

George and his wife Amal Clooney share 4-year-old twins Alexander and Ella Clooney. Recently, The Daily Mail published a few pictures of George, Amal, and their twins, boarding a private jet bound for Australia. And now George is mad enough to write a strong-worded letter about it. George writes that The Daily Mail recently published pictures of Billie Lourd’s 1-year-old baby Kingston Fisher, and when she questioned them on it, they took the pictures down and replaced them with ones where Kingston’s face is heavily pixelated. George is hoping that he can make a similar request. Oh, and maybe in the future, go ahead and just dump any other pictures of the Clooney twins directly into the trash? Thank you! via Deadline:

Having just seen photos of Billie Lourd’s 1 year-old baby in your publication, and the fact that you subsequently took those pictures down, we would request that you refrain from putting our children’s faces in your publication. I am a public figure and accept the oftentimes intrusive photos as part of the price to pay for doing my job. Our children have made no such commitment. The nature of my wife’s work has her confronting and putting on trial terrorist groups and we take as much precaution as we can to keep our family safe. We cannot protect our children if any publication puts their faces on their cover. We have never sold a picture of our kids, we are not on social media and never post pictures because to do so would put their lives in jeopardy. Not paranoid jeopardy but real world issues, with real world consequences.

We hope that you would agree that the need to sell advertisement isn’t greater than the need to keep innocent children from being targeted.
Thank you
George Clooney

George has mentioned in the past that he knows how much pressure can be put on the children of hugely famous people, which is one of the reasons why he and Amal gave their kids regular names like Ella and Alex, and try to give them a relatively normal, private life. As George notes in his letter above, he chose to be a public figure, but his kids did not. As well, Amal is a high-profile lawyer who sometimes finds herself squaring off against not-great people, and keeping their family safe is a big priority for them. I mean, also, they’re little kids – they don’t get to choose much beyond what cereal they want for breakfast, or which episode of PAW Patrol they want to watch.

But there is one funny part about George’s serious note about his children’s privacy, and that’s that it ended with “Sent from my iPad.” Stars, they’re just like us! Filing complaints from their couch while tapping on their iPad. If The Daily Mail chooses to remove the pictures of George’s kids, then maybe they can fill that empty spot on the main page with something equally as engrossing. Maybe a post wondering if George Clooney using Apple devices will cause any more brand-loyalty drama with a hypothetical Android-using Brad Pitt on the set of their new film.

Pic: Wenn.com

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