Stop Buying Mags With Pics of Celebrities' Kids
Dax Shepard explains his plea
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 31, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Dax Shephard, left, and Kristen Bell arrive at the Do Something Awards on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011 in Los Angeles.   (AP Photos/Chris Pizzello)

(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.

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Feb 2, 2014 2:20 PM CST
Stop buying "anything" with pictures of celebrities.
Feb 2, 2014 9:28 AM CST
Kids are victims here… of the papz and sometimes, of their parent's desire to be in the celeb magazines and tabloid papers. Since we can't always figure out which is which, I suggest we protect the kids. Make it illegal to show kid's faces without express permission in writing. Then at least we'll know which parents are pimping their kids.
Ezekiel 25:17
Feb 1, 2014 3:38 PM CST
I've never bought one in my life and never will. But that doesn't stop me from picking one up in the grocery line and reading it while I wait for the SNAP/ACCESS client to spend $1200 on 8 baskets full of junk foods. See, I snuck in a political comment.