June 10, 2007
Re "It's sprung time for Hilton," June 8 How about some real celebrity justice? Let's sentence Paris to no paparazzi for life. KATHIE MARSHALL Northridge
December 5, 2001
"Celebrity Access Shuttered" (Nov. 30) looked at the difficulty the celebrity paparazzi are having in getting access to the stars since Sept. 11. Well, the loss to the paparazzi is a gain for the rest of us, because the only things of lower value than the inane products most stars perform in are the sycophantic media that celebrate the banalities of those same stars. Steven Stark Los Angeles
January 6, 2013
Re "Bieber has point on paparazzi," Column, Jan. 4 David Lazarus calls celebrity paparazzi parasites "whose sole motive is personal enrichment. " On the other hand, war journalists fearlessly put themselves in harm's way "to perform a public service and document a bona-fide news story. " I can't see celebrity photographers as any more parasitical than any other ancillary job to celebrities. How is it different than someone who sells rock T-shirts? And although war journalism can be noble, one could see a parasitical aspect to it. News organizations know war coverage sells papers and boosts viewership.
May 6, 2001
Two facts are closely related: Fans think baseball agent Scott Boras is the devil ("Running Down Scott Boras," by Ross Newhan, April 8) and the masses blamed the paparazzi for the death of Princess Diana. Quite simply, the public is the villain in both cases. If fans are dumb enough to spend more than $100 to take their families to a ballgame, then [baseball] owners will use that money and TV advertising revenue to bid millions for players. If fans stay home for a while, it all collapses and sanity might return.
October 18, 2005
Re "Paparazzi Flash New Audacity," Oct. 16 Don't blame the paparazzi; blame the fools who buy the magazines. Are their own lives so dull they have to read that trash? RICK LEDGER San Gabriel Re "Paparazzo Says He's a Scapegoat of Hollywood," Oct. 13 The tables are turned and photographer Todd K. Wallace doesn't want his picture taken. Just remember your own response, Mr. Wallace, the next time you force your way closer to get "just that shot" of such stars as Demi, Ashton or Paris.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2008 |
A paparazzo trying to photograph and videotape actor Matthew McConaughey at the beach Saturday told police he was attacked by a mob of surfers who threw his camera in the ocean and struck him. The 29-year-old paparazzo from Santa Monica told sheriff's deputies that a large group of surfers near Paradise Cove in Malibu approached him and other paparazzi about 2 p.m. and demanded that they stop taking pictures and videotaping.
August 13, 2005
Re "Malibu Denizens Divided on Shooting of Paparazzo," Aug. 9 As a professional photographer, I have watched the paparazzi wars for decades. Your article reprising the age-old feud (Brando, Sammy Davis, Sinatra and Jackie O) hit home. I was privileged to work on assignment and refused to take a shooting that I would not be invited and welcomed to. No, I didn't make near the money the spec paparazzi made. These are the professional standards I held myself to: Anyone on private property is off limits unless I am invited in. Anyone on public property is fair game, but watch out for jabs.