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California Lawmakers Lay the Smackdown on Paparazzi

Posted on Aug 31, 2010
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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the man for the job of signing off on a paparazzi-blocking bill.

It’s only fitting that a bill cracking down on the paparazzi’s relentless pursuit of celebrities’ images, words and startled reactions in supermarket parking lots (“they’re just like us!”) was passed by the California Assembly on the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death and only awaited approval from Arnold Schwarzenegger to become law.  —KA

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Under the legislation, photographers who break traffic laws or interfere with the operation of a celebrity’s car can receive a maximum $5,000 fine—and one year imprisonment.

Tuesday is the 13th anniversary of the 1997 death of Princess Diana, which was widely attributed to a high speed chase between a car ferrying the princess and photographers.

The bill originated in and passed the Assembly in June, then was modified by the Senate. It passed Tuesday’s Assembly reconfirmation vote 43-13.

It now heads to Gov. Schwarzenegger for a signature. Boosters of the bill speculated that the governor would sign the act into law, noting that he and his wife were themselves driven off the road by paparazzi in 1997.

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By RAE, September 2, 2010 at 4:30 am Link to this comment

Those who object to the “special treatment” afforded monarchs and celebrities perhaps have overlooked the fact that it is WE, THE PEOPLE who create them, support them, and provide them with the “priviledges.”

It’s a complete mystery to me how some so-called celebrities gain that status when they have no obvious (to me) talent or other special attributes to justify fame and fortune.

As for monarchs, while a few are arrogant despots who use military power to maintain their positions, the majority are far from that. Elizabeth II of England did not choose the job but, in spite of that, serves as the shining example of how to fulfil the role the people ask of you. She may live in luxury but she pays for it dearly. She must do what she’s instructed to do by the government as well as when and how to do it. If anyone thinks it’s an easy life to travel on state visits, following an itinerary of receptions, appointments, public appearances, state banquets and speeches from morning to night, with cameras pointed at you every second, at 85 YEARS OF AGE, WHETHER YOU FEEL LIKE IT OR NOT, and do it flawlessly and without complaint, should just TRY IT.

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By Money is funny, September 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

I think that a lot of the resentment towards celebrities/royalty (same thing) regarding legal issues could be attributed to the amount of money they spend getting reduced sentences compared to less “desirable” folks.

Our legal system has exposed itself as “FOR SALE” like everything else that we thought was assured to us.

I am not against this, but I am just pointing out that the resentment might be coming from a real or perceived special treatment.

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By RAE, September 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

@James Harbour…

I guess there’s just no bottom to your pit of ignorance so say nothing about the vacuum where your compassion is supposed to be. Were you born an idiot or did you have to work at it?

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By rich, September 1, 2010 at 9:21 am Link to this comment
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Wow!  Lots of empathy from posters. NOT. Obviuosly rich = bad & poor = good.  Pretty shallow thinking.

Haven’t any of you been in a situation where you’ve been harassed? 

Or are you too blinded by your class prejudice to see the dangers clearly illustrated in the article; people killed and others run off the road who could have been hurt?

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By samosamo, September 1, 2010 at 8:30 am Link to this comment


Yes, this is essential, so as to further separate the useless from
the teeming millions who are unworthy to lick the useless’ boots.
But those useless will still be able to pump out more empty bs of
their hubristic performances keeping those teeming millions at
least from personal contact.

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By john33, September 1, 2010 at 6:03 am Link to this comment
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Simple problems are easier to solve?

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By Robespierre115, September 1, 2010 at 2:36 am Link to this comment

Amazing how Arnold’s government can quickly pass laws protecting celebrities from photographers and yet do nothing for the state’s school system or high unemployment rate.

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By James Harbour, September 1, 2010 at 12:21 am Link to this comment
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Who cares about Monarchs?  We kill monarchs and their pawns in the United States.  It was a beautiful thing the day Princess Diana died - she got what was coming to her - and all people who claim to be of royalty.

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By ronjeremy, August 31, 2010 at 10:59 pm Link to this comment
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if you want to be a star you have to keep in the public consciousness somehow.  they pay publicists to keep them in magazines, but they could easily go the other way.  more whiny rich people getting laws passed to suit them

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