She said a lot of things in her letter. Some I accepted. Others not. But the one thing that jumped out at me, was her insistence that certain celebrities strike deals with the paparazzi. Tipping them off about their locations. Selling their own pap photos. What about their greed? She asked.
It got me thinking. Why do some celebs do this? And what do we really know about their motivation?
It's common knowledge that certain high profile celebrities have sold their photos directly to the tabloids. Often a large portion of the proceeds goes to a charity that they care about. I'm guessing that they figure they really have no other choice. After all, the law doesn't protect them or their privacy. Why not fight fire with fire?
What about the celebs who refuse to participate for fear of perpetuating the problem? What happens to them?
The big problem with selling your own photos, is that it provides the justification that some paps have been searching for. And they project that justification onto everyone that they deem a "public figure". So it begs the question, Does fighting fire with fire just create a bigger fire? How much control have you really gained?
I don't have the answers to any of these questions, but it has made me realize something. Things will not get better until we all put greed aside, including me. The best way to defeat greed is through generosity. The best way to #ENDpaparazzi, is to work together to #MakeTheirPhotosWorthless.