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question of the day: Should it be illegal for paparazzi to photograph celebrities’ children?

An article at whiotv.com captures Julia Roberts’s rage at celebrity photographers:

“It should be against the law to take a picture of a celebrity’s child,” the Oscar winner told Allure magazine, adding that she doesn’t know “what is going on with this crazy, bloodthirsty child hunt.”

Roberts said that she and her husband, Danny Moder, go out of their way “to shelter” their three kids from paparazzi, but sometimes they still get pictures of them.

Roberts, 41, said that one night on the computer, she stumbled on some pictures of her kids at a park. What really upset her were comments like, “One is cute; that other one sure is ugly.”

Roberts said: “Even commenting nicely, what are you doing critiquing a child?” She said the comments “sickened” her.

I’m not sure how a ban on photographing anything would hold up from a Constitutional perspective, but it’s a question worth talking about anyway. Are we really so callous as a culture that we’ll chase children like this, and then comment so cruelly about them in a public forum? How can we discourage this? Is there any way to discourage it without a wholesale shift in cultural attitudes?

I don’t have any answers.

What do you think? Should it be illegal for paparazzi to photograph celebrities’ children?

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)

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