Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are like a modern-day Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Pretty people in Hollywood who use their public voice to stand up for causes they believe in and, simultaneously, earn our respect. First, they refused to get married until same-sex marriage was made legal in their home state of California. It was, so they did. And when they finally did tie the knot, after being together since 2007 and having a child together, they didn’t have a lavish, garish Hollywood wedding either - the total price they paid for the day was $142.
Now, for their next trick. Bell and Shepard took to Twitter on Monday to ask their fans to boycott any and all magazines that run pictures of “celebrity” tots, making the very viable argument that celebs’ children are innocent victims. They have no control over who their parents may happen to be and, as a result, they should be left alone and allowed to be kids.
Some of the magazines Shepard asked fans to boycott include US Weekly, Star, People, and In Touch, the majority of which are tabloids.
As it stands now, Shepard and wife Bell have not released any photos of their daughter, Lincoln, who is nearly a year old. This call for a boycott came on the heels of paparazzi photos of Lincoln being published against the couple’s wishes.
Bell was quick to follow Shepard’s boycott tweet with tweets of her own, in which she stated that she will no longer do interviews with those magazines who pay photographers to steal photos of her daughter, as she cares “more about [her] integrity and values” than what could become of her career in refusing said interviews. She posted two more tweets with regard to the matter. One of which concerned how the child who is being stalked must feel, while the other addressed the fact that the situation won’t change until the consumer does.
In a really cool move by Huff Po, they have decided that they will only publish photos of celebrity children when the parents of those children share the photos themselves via social media or official photo shoots conducted with the parents’ approval.
In case you may think that Bell and Shepard are being melodramatic and/or overreacting to a photog simply wanting to snap a few quick pics of their kid, they’re not alone in their beliefs. Paparazzi stalking celebrity children has gotten so intrusive that California actually passed a bill back in September of 2013 that enforces penalties a photographer can incur if he or she takes video or photos of a child with obtaining parental consent and/or if the photographs are obtained in a manner that can be deemed harassing.
Other celebrities who were pushing for the passage of the bill, a.k.a. SB606, included Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry. The legislation took effect this month, and the “penalties” an offending photog could be slapped with include up to a year in county jail, in addition to a fine of up to $10,000. These fines can be increased over time with additional convictions.