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Celebrity Privacy? Should They Choose When They Can Be Photographed?

This probably goes outside the usual reality TV discussions on this blog, however it is an issue related to Lara Bingle and other reality TV stars, but since seeing this cover of Lara Bingle on the Who Magazine cover the issue of do celebrities have a right to privacy has crossed my mine.

In the weeks preceding the Lara Bingle/Danny Cipriani cover and story which they have presumingly been paid for, both of them had been dodging the paparazzi and were not very happy about being photographed.

Which raises the issue of whether as a celebrity who is prepared to sell stories to magazines do they have the right to then turn around and crack the shits when they are being photographed when they don’t want to be.

For people like Lara Bingle and a lot of celebrities of her ilk they rely on stories in the media to maintain their profile, and to be honest she may have just been another pretty girl around the traps if she had not hooked up with cricketer Michael Clark.

Their relationship of what was a glamorous couple resulted in a media feeding frenzy, however they also had some very high profile sponsors which must have come from their media profiles.

Personally my sympathy for celebrities who just want to use the media when they want to promote something, but get angry when they feel their privacy has been infringed is waning.

Is it something they sign up for when they play the fame game?

UPDATE: It is reported in the Sunday Telegraph that Lara Bingle is going to take out an AVO against a pap, Jamie Fawcett. However the article says she also works closely with another paparazzi guy. I think in five years time Lara will be begging anyone to photograph her.


1 brain dead dave { 07.23.11 at 11:03 am }

Lara Bunghole…now there’s another legohead.

2 NT Kate { 07.23.11 at 12:35 pm }

Work is work; private life is private life. I don’t see why the media and all should people have the right to intrude when they aren’t wanted.

It is true that actors and others (such as the royals) have to be visible and promote their image to do their job properly, but I don’t see why that entitles us to ever more information about their private lives.

The problem is the insatiable desire, fed by the media, to know more and more about the people behind the image (however fake that “behind” mind be).

Some attempt to manage that demand for info by selective release of info ala the bungle. Why shouldn’t the limits they set be respected?

True they make money from their fame, but promotional activities are different, part of the job really.

3 Mia { 07.23.11 at 12:38 pm }

I read recently that Lara is going to be doing a spot of guest mentoring on the upcoming season of Australia’s Next Top Model. I’m wondering what pearls of wisdom she has to share? How to make the seamless transition from failed bikini model to glorified groupie famewhore perhaps?

4 anonymice { 07.23.11 at 12:44 pm }

Have to giggle when “lara bingle” and “celebrity”” are in the same sentence.

5 brain dead dave { 07.23.11 at 2:11 pm }

Something wrong when you get Rupert Murdoch’s org prying into the medical records of a British PM’s son. Lara Bingle’s medical history would shift more than a few units.

I’ve seen some big celebrities in the wild in quiet Adelaide . Taking a photo is declasse in my opinion.

6 smauge { 07.23.11 at 2:43 pm }

The bigger question is why they think we care who Lara Bingle is rooting.

7 brain dead dave { 07.23.11 at 3:43 pm }

After Fev we know that she’s not real choosy.

Nor is Fev.

8 Chunks { 07.23.11 at 6:05 pm }

If you live your life through the media then you should be prepared to die by the same sword. Sorry, no sympathy for Lara. If you want a private life, act like someone who does and don’t talk sweet nothings in your partners ear via Twitter. On the other hand there are famous people who keep their lives private and most of them seem to avoid the hounding of the sleazy paparazzi – although not all admittedly.

9 Jo { 07.23.11 at 8:04 pm }

There has been a brouhaha lately in the Hong Kong media about a magazine taking photos of a celebrity walking around his house nude. Silly of him to leave his windows open, but his home is definitely private so the paps crossed the line.

If they’re in public, however? I say fair game. Snap away.

10 SaintsDeano { 07.23.11 at 8:06 pm }

I prefer to watch “normal” people on reality TV shows, rather than reading about “famous” people like LB.

11 smauge { 07.23.11 at 10:52 pm }


12 Gillian { 07.24.11 at 12:55 pm }

I agree with Chunks. I’m sick of these celebrities who just use the media to further their career and then complain when they harass them. When will Lara Bingle ever learn?

You cannot have it both ways. I also have no respect for celebrities who sell stories about their weddings, babies and other parts of their personal life to the media.

I do not have any sympathy for these people. There are a lot of famous people who are able to lead semi-private lives who are not subject to the same level of scrutiny.

At the same time, I do not read any of the trashy magazines like Women’s Day, New Idea or any of the (usually) weekly magazines as well and add to their circulation figures.

13 CG { 07.25.11 at 2:21 am }

Jamie Fawcett is the pap who has been in / out of court with La Kidman over the years. Bingle is a joke. Michael Clarke surely has cleaned up his act – got rid of the tacky sponsors and has a new girlfriend who is also a “model” but is by all accounts pretty discrete. I’d pay not to have to hear or see about Da Bingle ever, ever again.

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