Update: Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell Urge Boycott of Paparazzi Photos

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UPDATE: Since originally posting the following article on January 30, PEOPLE and Just Jared have officially declared to avoid using paparazzi photos of celebrity children.

On February 26, the magazine and the gossip website have promised not to publish any photos of a child with their famous parent(s), with exception to red carpet appearances, social media pics/announcements or exclusive photo shoots.

The promise did come with a notable clause: “Of course, there may be rare exceptions based on the newsworthiness of photos,” PEOPLE declares. “And there’s always the tough balancing act we face when dealing with stars who exploit their children one day, and complain about loss of privacy the next.”

Continue reading the original post, as published on January 30….

Hollywood couple, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, are urging fans to boycott magazines that publish paparazzi photos of celebrity children.

The high-profile couple took to Twitter on Monday asking fans to boycott magazines that publish photos of the children of celebrities taken by paparazzi. As proud new parents of 10-month-old daughter Lincoln, the celebrity couple are hoping to protect their first-born child.

The Parenthood actor, 39, was the first to call for a boycott.

The Veronica Mars star, 33, retweeted her husband’s request, and provided further thoughts.

While expecting Lincoln, Dax and Kristen, did, however, share an intimate baby bump photo via social media.

Did you know that it’s illegal to publish photos of children taken by the paparazzi in England and France? But in the United States, there are no restrictions.

So whether it’s a red carpet event, or a preschool pick-up, or a Sunday afternoon stroll, there’s no rules for photographers who shoot (or some would say hunt/stalk/exploit) high-profile individuals and their families.

MORE: The Price of Fame: Do Paparazzi Invade Children’s Privacy?

Halle Berry recently joined forces with fellow celebrity mom Jennifer Garner to introduce new laws in California aimed at protecting children from the ever present paparazzi.

Halle and Jennifer appeared before a committee at the state assembly in Sacramento to argue that the offspring of celebrities were not responsible for being born into the public eye and should not face daily harassment by photographers.

“We’re moms here who are just trying to protect our children,” said Halle. “These are little innocent children who didn’t ask to be celebrities. They didn’t ask to be thrown into this game and they don’t have the wherewithal to process what’s happening. We don’t have a law in place to protect them from this.”

As a celebrity baby blogger for the past six years,  I can fully understand why Kristen, Dax, Halle and Jennifer are taking on this fight.

I would estimate, in all my six years of blogging, I have published hundreds of photos of Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck and their three children. And the Garner-Afflecks have never taken their children to a red carpet event or posted even one photo of their tots via social media. They are photographed so regularly simply because of two factors: they are A-listers and they live in Brentwood, Calif. — the it neighborhood of the stars.

On the other hand, high-profile couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – who also live in L.A. – complain about the paparazzi invading their child’s privacy, but they also regularly share photos of their 7-month-old daughter North via social media.

Trust me, I have often struggled publishing the non-stop Jennifer Garner pics. The problem is, we all love Jen! Year after year, the Dallas Buyers Club actress receives tons of love in Celebrity Baby Scoop’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. So does Ben and those adorable Affleck kids!

And I have often wondered what that is like for her. Does Jen constantly worry about her hair? Does she pray the paps will get a good angle? How does she explain the non-stop shutterbugs to her kids?

But for the celebs who seem to crave the attention – and treat their children like the latest posh accessory – I don’t feel so bad.

So what is the solution? Shut down popular websites like Celebrity Baby Scoop? Boycott magazines that run paparazzi photos? Enforce laws regarding photographs of high-profile children? Or should the celebrity families simply move away from Hollywood?

Sound off in the comments below!

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  3. Shannon jewell

    People get over it. You chose a profession to be in the lime light. Your amoung the 1 %. The rest of us have little sympathy. Quit frankly your rather obnoisious. We don’t care about your kids. The pap is only reacting to your self importance and need for attention. So who gives a darn that your ”
    So upset they are taking pics off my kids. Omg the world is coming to an end”. Part of the territory folks. Then change professions.

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