Jennifer Garner & Halle Berry’s Impassioned Plea to Protect Their Kids.

Via Amy Cushing
on Aug 14, 2013
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Imagine shuffling your kids to school each day only to be greeted outside your home by a dozen or more intrusive photographers.

Imagine heading to the grocery store, the park or the movies and all the while this aggressive mob follows you—everywhere, every day.

They shout, they harass, they hound.

The mob’s only concern is the money shot. There’s no regard for privacy or how their presence affects the innocent children at the other end of the lens. Concern for human decency is left behind and, instead, the perimeter of celebrities’ homes becomes a campout for thirsty paparazzi.

This is the daily existence for Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry and they are working to change this. They presented their concerns Tuesday before the California State Assembly Committee on Public Safety to support SB 606, a bill that would make it illegal to photograph or record a child without parental consent.

Berry stated that her young daughter is afraid to go to school because she’s constantly being followed by packs of paparazzi. Garner mirrored Berry’s sentiment, saying her children “have a bounty on their heads every day.”

As a mother, I couldn’t help but get choked up as Garner held back tears while speaking of her children and how the constant scrutiny is affecting their lives. I love my kids,” she said. “They’re beautiful and sweet and innocent, and I don’t want a gang of shouting, arguing, law breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are all day, every day, to continue traumatizing my kids.”

How is it, in a country where we celebrate freedom, do we condone restraining the lives of the famous? Yes, being photographed and watched by the public comes with the territory of celebrity, but does that mean children should suffer because of their parents’ chosen profession? We must do better as a community to afford everyone, particularly children, their right to privacy.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee agreed, passing SB 606 by unanimous vote, and sending the bill onto the Appropriations Committee for final review.


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Ed: Bryonie Wise


About Amy Cushing

Amy Cushing is a stay-at-home mom and E-RYT® 200 certified yoga teacher pursuing her passion for writing. When she’s not chasing around two small tots, she can be found lost in a good book, cherishing quality time with her husband or having a much-needed laugh with her girlfriends. She’s on a mission to find simplicity in life so she can spend less time pulling out her hair and more time appreciating those who matter most. She loves yoga and music and has been known to bust out a mean rendition of Itsy Bitsy Spider in times of chaos. She holds a B.S. in Political Science and an M.A. in English from Northern Arizona University. Connect with Amy on Facebook or Twitter.


2 Responses to “Jennifer Garner & Halle Berry’s Impassioned Plea to Protect Their Kids.”

  1. grawp says:

    Municipal laws already should be applied against this as disorderly conduct, creating a scene, and personal harassment. .

  2. Amy says:

    There are, but they are currently misdemeanors with small fines and little jail time. The new bill would significantly increase penalties and imprisonment time. It also specifically addresses protection for children and includes "lying in wait" as harassment.