There’s a report flashing out across the tabloids about The Britster driving around in her white Mini Cooper (nice wheels) wearing curlers and using the baby-seat pointing the wrong way. There’s a picture too…WHICH LOOKS LIKE IT WAS TAKEN FROM A HELICOPTER!
And even if the pic was not taken from a chopper but from a nearby hilltop by some desperate, stalker of a paparazzo with a long lens it just raises the question: ISN’T THERE SOMETHING BETTER FOR THEM TO DO?
I remember Cher telling me a story about how she woke up one Sunday morning to find there was no milk in the fridge. So, because she’s decent kind of human, instead of screaming for a gofer she got in her car and drove to the 7-11 to buy herself a quart of her favourite lactose product. And, like most people do early on a Sunday morning when going to the market, she went in trainers and some old and comfortable clothes without bothering with make-up or an Oscar-ready hair-do.
As she was about to emerge from the market, milk in hand, she spotted, lying in wait like a SWAT team armed with Nikons and Canons, not one but a number of shutterbugs. Perhaps it’s not appropriate to share with the world what her solution was but again it raises the question: ISN’T THERE SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT FOR THESE GUYS TO DO?
Here’s my If-Dick-were-King-for-a-day solution. If you wield a camera professionally and insist on taking intrusive pictures of famous people doing regular things without their permission (and by the way – well done ladies for for driving yourselves and running your own errands – I know a lot of people don’t) then you have to spend an equal amount of time in Darfur, Iraq, Antartica or somewhere very unglamorous doing something equally intrusive but also useful for the common good.
What makes all of this more annoying is that every member of the paparazzi I have ever met has been British. I thought we had better manners than that.
Update: According to CNN.com (May 25th) 60% of Moms think Britney is getting an unfair rap from the Media. It wasn’t just me then.