Paparazzi cause privacy controversy –

While many people may think that public figures should expect to be photographed daily by paparazzi, others may have a different take on the controversial profession when it comes to celebrity privacy.

Everyone deserves the right to privacy; however, most public figures are deprived of this because paparazzi can take pictures in public places without permission. Nevertheless, celebrities are legally protected from photography in places where they may have reasonable expectations of privacy.

Paparazzi are known to be invasive as they sell photos of public figures to the media and tabloids who often create fake stories to gain traction. Many believe that the privacy of celebrities should be kept at the same level as that of those who are not in the spotlight.

However, public figures benefit greatly from paparazzi photos because their reputation should be built on more than talent. By projecting a consistent image to the public, celebrities are able to establish their influence as well as control their appearance in society.

Andrew Mendelson’s TIME news magazine article “Why Paparazzi Are Good for Us” details how paparazzi are able to help public figures maintain an image or destroy their identity.

“More than an invasion of privacy, the paparazzi represent a challenge to controlling a celebrity’s image, and therefore to their wealth, status and power, Mendelson explains.

Although paparazzi photos can illustrate a well-constructed image of a public figure, “exposure by paparazzi is not only embarrassing, but can be economically damaging, threaten endorsements, or hurt box office sales” , says Mendelson.

Additionally, Mendelson describes the difference between photographers and paparazzi as those who shoot for red carpets, magazine covers, etc.

Paparazzi happen to play an important role in the lives of public figures, whether they choose to be photographed or not. It’s important to remember that all celebrities should be treated with the same respect and privacy as the rest of society despite their notoriety.

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