Do famous people have a right to privacy?

Sarah - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Another thread elsewhere got me thinking about this.......

Perfect example is Katie Price (aka Jordan) and Peter Andre......they had cameras filming them ALL through their marriage, when they split up, Katie was asking people to respect her privacy. I feel that having your life on show to make money, craving attention and fame, means you have effectively given up your rights to privacy.

Do famous people have a right to moan about people criticising them or their way of life?
What about people who partake in reality shows?

To me, the money they make from these shows doesn't come free, they have to live with the fact their lives will be scrutinised.

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Iris - posted on 02/08/2010

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I lived in UK and Germany for 9 years altogether and during that time we had Sky, so I remember that Katie and Peter show. Katie was always trying to get publicity, even several years up to that show. Pretty much the Paris Hilton of UK.

I guess what I'm trying to get at is that if you are willing to expose your life on a reality show and do anything to stay in the spotlight, then you have pretty much signed your life off to the public to scrutinize. Good or bad, many people want to see it all and I think it's very naive to think that you can leave the bad out of the public eye after begging for all the attention for years.

There are many celebs out there that seem to be able to stay out of the media and give interviews when they please. So that leaves me wondering about the ones who are constantly on the covers of the gossip magazines, is it because they are acting stupid? or maybe they need the publicity? I think those are the reasons more often than not.

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Denise - posted on 02/10/2010

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I beleive that everyone has a right to privacy. These ppl have jobs and that intails being inthe public eye but they also, as do all of us, have private lives and noone has a right to invade private moments with your family.

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I guess when you a reality star (eg Paris and Katie) you give up privacy.

The only time I don't agree with the whole privacy is when a high profile public figure gets permanent name suppression for assulting a young girl.

We had a case recenlty where a top New Zealand entertainer "assulted" a young girl and he gets permanent name suppression.

La - posted on 02/09/2010

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Even though they should have a right to their privacy, reality is that once you put yourself in the spotlight you must expect a certain amount of attention in your personal life. It's the price you pay for having such a high profile occupation/lifestyle.

Heather - posted on 02/09/2010

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I think everyone should have the right to privacy, however, these days it seems like it is more of a privilege than a right...for everyone, not just celebs.

Rosie - posted on 02/08/2010

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i agree with esther. even though the media is what helps their career, i think they have the right to choose how much media exposure is enough. in a way i feel sorry for brittany spears. sure the woman chose to do all of the things that made her life go to hell, but seeing the paparazzi around every corner with no room to get through the crowd of photographers when you are trying to take your kids to school or something is absolutely ridiculous! i remember one instance where one of her kids fell out of the highchair and she took him to the er, and all of a sudden she was a child abusing whore. all of this of course perpetrated by the media. my kids have fallen down stairs, out of strollers and thank god there was nobody there to take pictures and make up false accusations about what type of mother i am. i'm sure that 99% of mothers have had incidents like this, yet because we aren't famous somehow entitles us to be good mothers and those who are famous they are portrayed as bad mothers. in the famous words of chris crocker "LEAVE BRITTANY ALONE!!!
and no i'm not a fan of brittany spears, and i'm aware she chooses what to do with her life. i was just using her as an example of how unfairly people like her are treated in the media.
i do agree that some seem to live under the radar, but sometimes the media tries to make situations happen, and eventually are successful.

Sarah - posted on 02/08/2010

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I do agree to a point Esther, i was going to add that some celebrities seem to able to live "under the radar" in which cases i think they have a right to expect privacy.
The ones that annoy me are the ones who court the media, let them into their homes and just want the attention so badly. Then they turn around and demand privacy when it suits them. I don't think you can turn it on and off that way. :)

Esther - posted on 02/08/2010

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I think I may be in the minority but I do think celebrities have a right to privacy. I may feel a little differently when people are only famous for famous sake (say Paris Hilton) or when they do anything to draw attention to themselves (like the reality show people) but a normal actor, say Kate Winslet, I think should be allowed to have privacy. Why wouldn't they be allowed to pursue their passion and their craft without having to make their entire lives the fodder of tabloids?



I do however think that celebrities have some control over how much privacy they do or do not get. If you don't do crazy stuff, don't spend every night in the hottest night club in town, don't get married/divorced every other day etc., you probably have a better chance of maintaining some of your privacy. Kids should without question be off limits.



As a general question though - yes, I do think they are entitled to privacy.

Sara - posted on 02/08/2010

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I feel bad for some people that they can't even seem to be able to leave their house...but it's not so much the paparazzi that I think is disturbing, it's the fans who have no boundaries and think that they deserve a piece of somebody. Like I read about that kid Robert Pattinson, where he was coming out of someplace and some girl ran up to him and threw her arms around him and kissed him on the mouth. I mean, that's basically assult. I think that's going over the line for anybody. But, I do think that stars have to learn to give and take. The media is what makes their career, so yeah, you're going to have your picture taken when you're out. But I do think they are entitled to privacy in their own home...no reason for cameramen to scale your security wall and catch you watchign Letterman in your bedroom.

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When you decide to become an actor/reality star, you have to weigh the pros and cons just like any other job. It is incredibly niave to think your private life will remain private.



However, I wish that the children of famous people would be left alone. For example, I can't help but feel sorry for John Travolta. After his son tragically died, I think he deserved the right to privacy in order to grieve and spend time with his family. I feel the same way about Micheal Jackson's kids. The should have been left alone after the death of their father. So tragic for them.

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