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Brad Pitt shows scorn for Paparazzi

December 11, 2008

(writing and reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)brad

In recent weeks as he has been promoting his new film, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Brad Pitt has professed nothing but disdain for the paparazzi, and now the actor has told Rolling Stone magazine it was constant hounding by celebrity photographers that forced him and partner Angelina Jolie to move their family to France, where she gave birth to twins earlier this year.

papIn an interview released on Wednesday, Pitt said he often is trailed by a dozen paparazzi cars and several motorbikes, and he and his family have been “run out of every major city” by the paparazzi.

We found this anecdote particularly surprising: “One guy bought out a hospital room above us, in France, and was trying to poke through the ceiling. That’s illegal, of course, but he paid,” Pitt told the magazine.

When Jolie, 33, gave birth in July at a hospital in southern France, the paparazzi jockeyed to be the first to catch a multi-million dollar picture of the babies. They failed, and in the end, People magazine won North American rights and British gossip magazine Hello! got all other territories.

Pitt told Rolling pap21Stone they sold the pictures – giving the money to charity – to “kill that bounty” which he said was placed on images of the children.

Pitt and others have called for laws protecting celebrities from the paparazzi, but the paps claim any restrictions put on them would take away their U.S. constitutional rights. But c’mon, cutting a hole through the floor in a hospital? That seems extreme to us here on the Fan Fare blog. Others of you may think differently.


It is quite a shame that we live in such a narcisstic, immature world when it comes to the “media” and “celebrities.” At least Brad Pitt has the guts to speak his mind, protect his children, and address humanitarian issues of incredible need, rather than play movie star. Kudos to Brad for speaking up against the immaturity and hostility of the paparrazzi and for speaking up for millions in crisis, particularly in Darfur, and for also initiating an architecture contest to rebuild New Orleans. Go Brad!

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