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Paparazzi and the "they can't have it both ways" excuse

Posted by admin on May 14, 2009

When someone is doing something they shouldn't, you can be sure they have a really "good" reason for doing it.  The truth is, in their mind they ARE convinced whatever they are doing - as wrong as it might seem to the rest of the world - is absolutely right.  It's how we humans are built.  The arsonist knows burning down that building is what he should be doing.  The thief is convinced the money in the cash register is his.  And the paparazzi are convinced celebrities "can't have it both ways". 

At first, when you hear this excuse it kind of makes sense.  You think, "well, yea, you can't have it both ways!"  I think my mom told me this first when I was out playing in the snow as a little boy.  If I was going to jump in snow banks, I was going to get wet and cold.  "Well, you can't have it both ways - you can't be dry and warm AND jump in the snow banks."  Then I had a girlfriend tell me once I couldn't date another girl AND still date her:  "No way, you can't have it both ways!" 

paparazzi in hollywood.JPGSo, in a lot of situations, this saying does ring true - you can't have it both ways.  The only problem is...it doesn't apply to the paparazzi swarming celebrities.  The thinking of the paparazzi goes this way:  "You love us when you have a movie or CD coming out and want us to take your picture.  Then, when you are famous you don't want us any more!" Kinda sounds like 2nd graders on the play ground, doesn't it?

But the truth is, yes, celebrities do need and want their picture taken and they are grateful for it when the time is right.  And, those people who take the picture get rewarded in the form of money because that celebrity has VALUE and their pictures have value so when the paparazzi sells them they get paid.   Celebrities keep the paparazzi in business.  Then, when CD promotion time is over, the celeb wants some privacy, just like everyone else.  But the paparazzi don't want this - they somehow think they are owed more for taking pictures of the celeb during the promotion time. 

It's like when you hire painters to paint your house.  They paint, you pay them.  But how would it be if they kept coming back every day and painting your house again and wanting more payment?  They come back the next day and paint the house again and want to be paid...again!  Then the next day they come and paint the house again (even when you tell them to GO AWAY) and want to be paid...AGAIN!

The truth is people do have choices, everyone has a right to privacy, celebrities don't owe photographers just as much as photographers don't owe celebrities.  And in this case, they definitely CAN have it both ways:  photos taken during promotion time and privacy during private time.  Even a second grader can understand this.

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