Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have taken their just fight against the paparazzi to the next level.
After welcoming their first child, Lincoln, last March, the actors became vocal advocates of the “no kids policy,” boycotting every publication that features paparazzi shots of celebrity children taken without consent. In January, Shepard penned an op-ed in The Huffington Post explaining that shooting photos of celebrity kids should be off-limits to the paparazzi, a practice he and Bell nicknamed “pedorazzi.”
Most recently, Access Hollywood sat the couple down with the owner of a paparazzi agency and a celebrity reporter to talk out the issue.
Bell described how “terrifying” it is for a mother to walk by herself, without an entourage, holding her baby daughter — while an army of shutterbugs scream at her and stand in her way. “If you don’t have an ethical issue with that, then I don’t think you have ethics,” Shepard said.
In turn, AKM/GSI photo agency reporter Christian Zimmerman calls the term “pedorazzi” hysterical. The owner of the agency, Steve Ginsburg, told the couple he agrees something needs to be done. “Photographers need to be regulated,” he admitted.
In September 2013, California passed a bill aiming to do just that. Senate Bill 606 was drafted to protect the privacy of children of public figures and redefine harassment, with A-listers Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner and Adele all backing the legislation.
So far, Entertainment Tonight, Just Jared and People magazine have all agreed to stop publishing unauthorized images of celebrity kids, reports Jezebel.