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Ben Affleck Calls Paparazzi Disgusting For Following And Harassing His Children

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12/09/2013 4:13 pm
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Ben Affleck Calls Paparazzi Disgusting For Following And Harassing His Children
Media Courtesy of Marie Claire

Benjamin Spence

Staff Writer

It’s not exactly a revelation that a life in the spotlight comes simultaneously with a life in front of the camera lens. Even more so if you’re double Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, and your wife is Golden Globe winner Jennifer Garner. However, whilst the future Batman says he can handle the paparazzi, he’s revealed in an interview with Playboy that he’s not comfortable with paps photographing his three young children – eight-year-old Violet, Seraphina aged 4 and Samuel aged 1. “Follow me around and take pictures all you want. But it’s wrong and disgusting to follow children around and take their picture and sell it for money. It makes the kids less safe. They used to take pictures of our children coming out of preschool,” he tells Playboy. His wife celebrated the passing of Senate Bill 606 in September after joining forces with fellow celebrity Mum Halle Berry. The bill, backed by the A-Listers, aims to protect children that are harassed by the paparazzi due to their parents’ celebrity status. From January 2014, Senate Bill 606 states that if photographers are found guilty of harassing celebrities’ children, they will face a jail sentence of up to a year and can be fined up to $30,000.
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Speaking about the bill, Affleck revealed that, “When my wife met with California lawmakers to get legislation passed to establish a certain distance between paparazzi and children and also to prevent the stalking behaviour on the part of the paparazzi, she was opposed by the association of magazine and newspaper folks. They said it would have a chilling effect on the way the news was covered. You couldn’t chill the internet coverage of celebrities if you tried.” Affleck adds, “The tragic thing is, people who see those pictures naturally think it’s sweet. They don’t see the gigantic former gang member with a huge lens standing over a four-year-old and screaming to get the kid’s attention.” Garner already gave a photographer a taste of his own medicine earlier this year when out with her children. She took out her camera, went right up to him and started snapping away. Good for you Jennifer!


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