February 08, 2013 06:06 AM by Megan Wilson
Steven Tyler, one a favorite judge on American Idol, is headed to the island state to join in a legislative hearing over the rights of the paparazzi. The bill is named the “Steven Tyler Act”, and the singer is slated to testify Friday morning. Keep reading for the details!
Who knew Steven Tyler was a politico? While many stars hate being under the constant flash of the paps, very few speak out against them; even fewer yet actually take action against them. But Steven Tyler is determined to make a change this morning in Hawaii regarding the rights of the camera wielding sharks. The legislative committee in Hawaii will discuss for the first time publicly, the rights of stars and paparazzo in open court. A rep for Tyler said that Steven’s written testimony supports an act that will allow stars to collect damages when Paps get offensive shots of stars during their personal or family time. “The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation,” Tyler wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “As a person in the public eye, I know the paparazzi are there and we have to accept that. But when they intrude into our private space, disregard our safety and the safety of others, that crosses a serious line that shouldn’t be ignored.”
What’s further, is that other celebrities have also signed testimony to the courts, including Neil Diamond, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Tommy Lee and the Osbournes; however, they all simply signed a form letter. One portion of the letter reads, “Providing a remedy to the often-egregious acts of the paparazzi is a very notable incentive to purchase property or vacation on the islands. Not only would this help the local economy, but it would also help ensure the safety of the general public, which can be threatened by crowds of cameramen or dangerous high-speed car chases.”
While the bill means well, there are many individuals and organizations that oppose it-many lawmakers also say that the bill means well, but needs to be refined. Among those groups that oppose the bill are the National Press Photographers Association and the Motion Picture Association of America. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser also spoke out against the bill, saying that it could impede on the rights of everyday people taking pictures on Hawaii’s beaches. In a piece that ran this morning, the newspaper said, “It could also make lawbreakers out of anyone taking photographs in public places, be it an ordinary photojournalist or someone with a camera phone.”
What do you think of the bill? Will it protect stars or do more harm than good? Let us know in the comments!
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