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Should Stars Give Up Careers to Protect Children's Privacy?

Should Stars Give Up Careers to Protect Children's Privacy?

Like their rich and famous parents, Tinseltown tots are often snapped and followed by the paps. Brad Pitt recently told Oprah about the effects the constant and crowding cameramen have on his kids. He said it particularly disturbs his 3-year-old daughter, Zahara. In the latest issue of Parade, Reese Witherspoon talked of her mama bear instincts kicking into high gear to guard her cubs Ava, 8, and Deacon, 4. To see what she said,

She said:

“After my second baby, I was scared,” she recalls. “It’s hard to protect your babies from the press and all the people out there wanting a part of you. It made me hibernate a little bit more. I got very ‘Mama Bear’ and protective. You give birth, and worry and guilt come with it. It’s a natural part of being a parent. But for me, the most difficult part is seeing my children being followed and harassed. They’ve been treated terribly. They were shouted at in their Halloween costumes, photographers screaming, ‘You don’t look scared!’ We used to take our daughter to a wonderful school, and she was so harassed that we had to take her out. I hope not to live in this place forever."

While star spawn are born into celebrity, some parents decide to keep them in the limelight while pursuing high-profile careers. If you were one of Hollywood's notables, would you take it all in stride or would you leave the business for a more normal family life?


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ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 8 years
in ways it is sad that the choices the parents make in Hollywood automatically effect the children! Though they are not always bad decisions it does.....and the kids get shaped by it or even judged early on. I dont think in certain situations that the parents need to give up their jobs...but either way the child will be stuck in the middle of it all no matter seems for the most part a lot of celeb parent are trying to give their kids a normal life as possible and protecting them...its not always enouf though.....IDK
xoxbbyelliexox xoxbbyelliexox 8 years
wow that is really bd that they harass the kids aswell reese is such a sweetheart xoxo
Joanna Joanna 8 years
A lot of the stars manage to keep their children out of the press most of the time but there are those that use them for publicity. 90% of them only get photographed with them once in awhile. The others go out of their way to call attention to them, selling pictures, doing magazine spreads, and etc. If you call attention to them then what do you expect. I don't think they can expect anything else. Seeing the kids once in awhile is fine but putting them out there all the time is wrong. Most stars don't feel the need to make themselves look good by having children which really has nothing to do with being a star. Reese doesn't tell us all the private details of having kids, which is good. It shows respect for her children and she is right to protect them. Nicole, Hallie, Selma Hayak and dozens of others get their kids photographed once in awhile but they aren't making it a business.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
It may be hard, but if celebs don't want their family pursued they need to stop talking about their family and they need to stop telling cute little stories of what their kids do. I think Johnny Depp is a master of this because whenever he talks about the kiddies its very general and he never goes into detail or stays on the subject for a long time. But he also doesn't live in LA or started dating his wife a week or so after separating from his wife. It depends. And no I don't think celebs should give up their careers if they don't want to. I think you made a good point greggie, I heard someone say why would Barack run for Prez if he has 2 young kids and I gave the person the "that was a dumb thing to day" look. Same thing applies in this situation.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I agree, macgirl. I do feel kind of silly complaining about paparazzi while on a gossip blog.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I'm with Greggie, I don't think they should have to give up their careers. I do feel like I am part of the problem though. If I didn't read these sites and occasionally purchase the tabloid magazines then the pictures wouldn't be worth much. If they weren't worth anything then there would be no need for the competition and some of the low life tactics they use to "get the shot".
Moms Moms 8 years
That sentence should have said "some" and I just clarified, but I posed the question because I think it's a very topical subject and wanted to hear our readers opinions.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
"Some parents do put their children in the limelight for publicity. I won't name them here, but with some of the celebrities it's obvious that's what they're doing. For those that aren't, LIKE Julia and Reese, there's no reason they shouldn't work, but the paparazzi need to use some common sense." I agree mykie
sandykf sandykf 8 years
Seriously, why are putting this on the stars? Why isn't the question, wow, why are the photographers being straight out jerks? Who raised to them think it was worth money to yell at children? Any amount of money? Why do we act like we have no control or censure over the photographers or the sites (like this one) who buy the pictures?
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Oh I agree some do, I just completely disagree with the story's claim that anyone pursuing a high-profile career is choosing to put their child in the limelight. And there are some that can go completely low-profile and have years before they're left alone. It's just not always a choice they can make.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
Some parents do put their children in the limelight for publicity. I won't name them here, but with some of the celebrities it's obvious that's what they're doing. For those that aren't, LIKE Julia and Reese, there's no reason they shouldn't work, but the paparazzi need to use some common sense.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
She doesn't work much, for starters. She also lives in areas where it's more difficult to get pictures, which isn't as realistic for someone who works regularly. Choosing to work regularly does have the side effect of keeping children in the limelight, but it's not the same as choosing specifically to keep the children public. I also think that people like the Jolie-Pitts, no matter where they live or how much they work, they're going to be pursued for a good long time.
krae85 krae85 8 years
good point, greggie. it's not the parents' fault, it's not like they're going out asking for their children to be harassed. but some stars don't seem to have this issue, I'm thinking Julia, why's it so much easier for her?
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Of course they shouldn't. Where would you draw the line? Should Obama give up his presidency to protect his children's privacy? It's silly to even think it's a question, in my opinion. And celebrities don't "decide to keep them in the limelight while pursuing high profile careers." They decide to keep their job after kids, just like a lot of regular folk.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
It disgusts me that the paps harass kids like this. I don't LIKE it when they harass the stars, but at least with them they signed on for the publicity. For the most part they are prepared for it. The kids should be OFF LIMITS, I don't care HOW cute they are.
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