Stop Buying Mags With Pics of Celebrities' Kids

Dax Shepard explains his plea

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 31, 2014 12:16 PM CST

(Newser) – When Dax Shepard (Parenthood star and husband to Kristen Bell) discovered that a paparazzo had secretly snapped shots of his new baby daughter, it "broke my heart in a way that's not entirely reasonable," he writes at the Huffington Post. She hadn't decided to be a public figure, after all. So he was pleased when he heard about a new California law barring paparazzi from intrusively hunting for shots of celebrities' kids. But like the war on drugs, the law has a flaw: "It only really addressed the supply side of the equation."

That's why Shepard's calling on people to boycott magazines that feature photos of celebrities' kids taken without their parents' consent. Until people stop paying to see these photos, "there will be men popping out of bushes and lurking around playgrounds to get those pics." His hope: that "people who like looking at children in magazines must actually like children," and would reward a publication for adopting a no-kids policy. "It would be miraculous if the situation changed and celebrities' children got to be just children." Click for his full column, which goes on to address his detractors.

Dax Shephard, left, and Kristen Bell arrive at the Do Something Awards on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Dax Shephard, left, and Kristen Bell arrive at the Do Something Awards on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011 in Los Angeles.   (AP Photos/Chris Pizzello)
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So as long as people pay good money to buy magazines featuring famous people's children, there will be men popping out of bushes and lurking around playgrounds to get those pics. - Dax Shepard

My wife and I, ever the approval-junkies, made a decision to get into show business and become public figures, but she has not. She hasn't even decided if she prefers pureed carrots to peanut butter. - Dax Shepard

I don't believe entertainment paparazzi are actually 'press' any more than a peeping tom using a 'shoe-cam' at the local mall is 'press.' - Dax Shepard, on the first amendment implications of the law

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