Famous. Don’t we just love them? We are a world obsessed with celebrities. When we see one of our favorite actors presenting an awards show, something that we normally wouldn’t even think about wasting our time watching, we sit glued to our television and listen to his every word and action, especially if we are watching a living legend. It’s a moment we’ll talk about for years to come, especially if we were in the audience and we could see our hero live. Talk about being able to die happy.
On a recent episode of Boston Legal, we saw a celebrity shoot a journalist who was about to take her picture because he jumped out from behind a garbage can and she was shocked and thought he had a gun. She claims that she shot in self-defense. The question was, would the jury buy it? The prosecutor’s case was that it’s okay for the celebrity to get all the benefits of being able to go to a fancy restaurant and sit even without a reservation, among other things, but then he wants to be a big star and have his privacy too. . The defense argued that other celebrities were assaulted, some even killed. He mentioned the murder of John Lennon as an example. Their argument was that even celebrities have a right to some privacy.
We are not going to try to answer the question of who is right and who is wrong. The jury decided in favor of the celebrity. But that’s just television. We know that real life can be quite different. The sad truth is that celebrities are not like other people. They are constantly in the public eye, be it in movies, television, theater, radio, or whatever specialty they are involved in. Many of us would say they have no problem getting paid $ 1 million for a television episode, but if they try to take a lousy picture of them, they go nuts. Others would say that they are entitled to the same privacy as you or I, even if they have a job that puts them in public view. After all, if you’re a carpenter, no one follows you around town trying to take a picture of you every five minutes.
So what is the answer? It may be necessary to make laws. This does not suggest that the laws are for or against the celebrity. But some kind of law governing what are reasonable and unreasonable actions regarding how much “space” should be given to a celebrity when they are not “working.” Should they be allowed to approach you at a supermarket when you do your weekly grocery shopping? Or should there be laws stating that they can only be approached 15 minutes before or after leaving the “set” where they work, be it a television station, a radio station or a movie set?
Laws like this are most likely never enacted or even enforced. This is how it is. It has been that way since the beginning of celebrity status. He has killed many in the past and will most likely end up killing many more before this madness ends.