Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are sick and tired of photographers trying to snap pictures of their daughter and they’re doing something about it.
As they stated on Twitter, the Hollywood couple wants fans to boycott any magazine that currently runs photographs of celebrity children.
The husband-and-wife acting duo – she’s still best known for her three-season run as Veronica Mars, and he’s currently holding forth on the NBC drama Parenthood – hope to protect their first child from pushy paparazzi.
Bell and Shepard welcomed daughter Lincoln last year. So far, Bell and Shepard have managed to keep photographs of their child out of the usual tabloid magazines like Us Weekly, People, The National Enquirer, et al.
And Shepard wants to keep it that way. On Monday, he tweeted his no-nonsense request: “Please boycott magazines that run pics of ‘celebrity children.’ They shouldn’t be punished for who their parents are … Children shouldn’t be stalked.”
Shortly after, Bell issued her own series of tweets, starting off with, “I wont do interviews 4 entities that pay photogs to take pics of my baby anymore. I care more about my integrity & my values than my career.”
Followed by: “The ‘look at the celebs kid at the park!’ teaches us a disengaged voyeurism. think abt how being followed by photogs all day effects THE KID.”
And this: “Now think about how you play the MOST NECESSARY role in the sad chain of events – the consumer. Things won’t change till the consumer does.”
While Bell isn’t likely to win any online grammar competitions, she and her husband do make a valid point in their boycott campaign, and they aren’t the only stars pushing back against the tabloids.
Last summer, actress Jennifer Garner joined forces with Oscar-winner Halle Berry to promote an anti-paparazzi law that would impose harsher penalties on cameramen who constantly follow public figures and their children.
The same law, which went into effect in California on Jan. 1, also makes it easier for celebrity parents to sue for damages over harassment