Kate Middleton’s topless photos controversy….
In recent weeks, the English royal family has been rocked by scandalous photos taken by manipulative and perverted individuals. Prince Harry traveled to Las Vegas last month to have some “fun” before his deployment to Afghanistan. Little did he realize it would be a trip he’d never forget. The prince was photographed in the nude in two photos that were subsequently sold to celebrity website www.tmz.com. The outcome of the scandal diminished any “good publicity” the family had garnered as a result of Prince William’s storybook nuptials to “commoner” Kate Middleton. This past weekend a French magazine published topless pictures of the Duchess.
Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton were vacationing at a relative’s chateau in France. The couple was set to embark on a long Asian “goodwill” tour in the upcoming days. They had gone to the chateau to relax. Photos quickly emerged of Middleton sunbathing without a bikini top. After being sold to a French magazine, an Irish magazine decided to publish them as well this past weekend. Reports indicate than an Italian gossip magazine will publish a 26 page spread of even more inappropriate photos submitted by the female perpetrator.
Prince Harry has the right to party in Las Vegas as he pleases. He isn’t married and isn’t committed to anyone. I do however have a few problems with the incident. He should well know that he is a famous figure and as third to the English throne he should at the minimum be more conservative in his activities. Additionally, if he so chooses to engage in such activities he should damn well make sure there aren’t any photographs of the event. More importantly, where was his security detail?
Kate Middleton should be able to sunbathe topless in a private location. The problem with exercising one’s privacy is the fact that there isn’t much privacy when becoming a future princess. The unfortunate truth is that there are perverted individuals who lack any semblance of morals or decorum. Their main focus is on obtaining the most salacious pictures they can sell to trashy magazines. I will not fault the Duchess for enjoying a sunny day with her husband. The sad state of today’s paparazzi is an unfortunate extension and consequence to the stalkers that led to the tragic death of Princess Diana. The paparazzi somehow think they are entitled to invade a celebrity’s private moments.
The issue of aggressive paparazzi is no stranger to the U.S. This summer, teen-sensation Justin Beiber was harassed by paparazzi that recklessly chased him on a L.A. highway to take photos of the star. Halle Berry, an Oscar winning actress, is amid a parental custody battle. She has recently floated the idea to move to France where the paparazzi laws are supposedly more stringent (maybe she should read about the Middleton photos). We’ve entered a culture of bombarding images. Maintaining one’s morals has become an afterthought in the presence of cash to some individuals.
The fact celebrities by nature maintain some public appearances do not give paparazzi the right to stalk their every movement. Furthermore, I don’t think the children of celebrities should ever be photographed. They should be off-limits. California should pass some type of legislation protecting the privacy of celebrities. The reckless endangerment exhibited by the paparazzi is appalling. They shouldn’t be given a pass when driving 100mph on a highway to catch a glimpse of a teen singer.
What do you think?
Should celebrities cede some of their privacy because of the public life they’ve decided to live?
What are your thoughts on the royal scandals?
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