In the line of duty: The tough life of a paparazzo

2012-03-27 12:49
 
While some may think Hollywood is all bright lights and red carpets, it's a dangerous minefield for a paparazzo.

Those who make their living by taking sneaky photos of celebs take huge risks every day. I'm not talking about a legal risk - they're physically putting themselves in harm's way!

Megan Fox and her husband, Beverly Hills 90210's Brian Austin Green, have been accused of assault by a paparazzo who says Brian beat him up and threw his iPhone in the sea while Megan egged her hubby on. How classy...

Russell Brand also went postal on a photographer recently when he smashed the pap's iPhone into a window.

Perhaps Brian and Russell aren't Apple fans?

While I'm no paparazzo, I've had a run-in with a rather burly security guard. A few years ago I tried to snap a pic of the beautiful David Beckham in the One & Only hotel in Cape Town. I scuffled out, thinking I'd been successful, when David's security TEAM stopped me at the door and insisted I delete all the photos off of my camera.

Luckily, or unluckily - I haven't quite decided yet - my sneaky photography skills leave much to be desired.

All I had on the camera was a dark, blurry photo of David's red flannel shirt. I obliged nonetheless and deleted it while the security guard gawked at my shaking fingers. Phew! I don't think I could do that for a living.

I've yet to be invited back to the One & Only for an event. Hmm...

The jury's still out on who has the right to photograph what. Are celebs as entitled to their privacy as ordinary citizens, or do they waive that right when they become public figures? Share your thoughts with us - Send that e-mail now!

By extension, should celebs be excused for 'fiercely' protecting that privacy when it is so blatantly invaded?

Charlize Theron says fame is a "freak show" and celebs are now fair game wherever they go. I've always believed life in the limelight must be incredibly taxing, but there's no need for violence.

Here's to those who brave crazy celebs every day,

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