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Woody, Zombie Paparazzi and my 8th Grade Science Teacher

Posted by admin on April 15, 2009

Have you seen the recent video of Woody Harrelson dealing with a paparazzo at La Guardia airport? Woody was with his daughter, he was walking from his flight to his transportation, he didn't say hardly a word the entire time and he made it extremely clear from his actions that he preferred not to be video taped.

But the paparazzo had to keep baiting him and putting the camera in his face.

And truth is, the paparazzo unfortunately has that right - he can follow people all he wants, put a camera in their face as he pleases, say pretty much whatever he wishes to the person he is following. But Mr. Jacobs, my 8th grade science teacher, taught me that for ever action, there is an equal and opposite reaction and in this case, the paparazzo got his reaction from Woody.

It was sad to watch because Woody was trying hard to leave the guy alone. You can tell he wanted to just take his kid and go. And he almost made it. But the paparazzo put the camera in his face and Woody reacted. And in the end, the paparazzo got what he was after - a confrontation and a video that he could sell. His dream had come true - he got a big pay day.

Woody knew he'd made a mistake and later jokingly commented on the incident through his publicist:  "I wrapped a movie called `Zombieland,' in which I was constantly under assault by zombies, then flew to New York, still very much in character.  With my daughter at the airport I was startled by a paparazzo who I quite understandably mistook for a zombie." 

You can't harass people without some consequences. Every week, paparazzi chase celebrities in caravans running stop lights - you can't have this without eventually someone getting hurt...again...whether it be a paparazzo, celebrity or pedestrian.

It's easy for us to page through the magazines looking at the photos of celebrities and ignore what they commonly go through day-in and day-out because of the paparazzi. But before someone else is hurt, shouldn't we do SOMETHING to try and prevent it?

Two easy ways to help - let others know about this site and print and mail our Human Privacy and Respect in the Media Code of Conduct to your favorite magazine or tabloid show.

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