It may be time for the paparazzi to stand down.
ABC News reported last week a somewhat disturbing incident involving Katie Holmes, her 7-year-old daughter, Suri Cruise, and a paparazzo.
Holmes and her daughter were walking to the car, when the child, obviously uncomfortable with the intense focus from the group of paparazzi, shouted “We're trying to get to the car! Stop it!”
In the face of that passionate plea from a young child, how did one of the paparazzi respond?
By shouting back, “Bye Suri, you little brat!”
Another person in the crowd defended the child, but, according to ABC News, the paparazzo responded, “A little brat kid, a little brat.”
While Suri's parents, Holmes and Tom Cruise, certainly have chosen to be in the limelight – and, some might argue, live life in that same spotlight, the child isn't old enough or mature enough to make that decision on her own.
Imagine what it must be like as a child, exposed to people taking photos of your every public move, shouting at you, hoping for that money-shot reaction?
At what point did we as a society decide that celebrities weren't entitled to privacy? Based on the sales of gossip magazines, the public is starving for news on these people. But why? Just because someone stars in a movie or has a hit record, do they by default have to lose their own personal privacy?
Some celebrities seem to crave the spotlight – think of the Kim Kardashians and Paris Hiltons of the world – and if that's the case, so it should be.
But when a celebrity begs for privacy – or worse, her child does – why is that request not honored?
The paparazzi should respect some boundaries. After all, their livelihood depends on the ability to get a good shot of Suri and Holmes.
Oftentimes, the relationship between paparazzi and celebrities is rather co-dependent. Celebrities do, to some extent, need the paparazzi, such as when walking the red carpet or promoting a movie. However, why should the “celebrity” moniker apply to their children?
One could argue that if celebrity parents want privacy for their kids, they should leave them at home. But celebrity parents are still parents – they want to take their child to school, or to dance classes or the grocery store. And yet, paparazzi photos appear in magazines all the time of celebrity parents and their children undertaking the most mundane, day-to-day tasks. There seems to be no boundaries or privacy.
Should the child decide to follow in his or her parents' footsteps, then so be it – feel free to target them, when they turn 18. But otherwise, children should be entitled to their own privacy.