I believe that there is no justification for the press to take unauthorised pictures of the children of people in public life. I believe that we all have a right to privacy (and that it should be enshrined by law, as it is in many European countries), and that taking and publishing pictures like this is a horrible violation of that right.
At the risk of sounding like a Puritan, I believe that we as individuals have an ethical responsibility not to look at such pictures – no matter how curious we might be! Are we so morally incontinent that we cannot see that posting and looking at pictures of children – against the specifically expressed wishes of their parents – is just simply wrong?
I would go further and add that I believe the obsession with the minutia of celebrity lives is extremely damaging. This look and point mentality – ‘ooh, she looks rough without her make-up’ or ‘oh who’s he dating now?’ – is turning us into a society of morons. Not only do we have no right to intrude into such people’s lives, I believe this prurient obsession is unhealthy for us as a whole and that we should resist it at all costs.
Now, you all know that I am an obsessed JD fan! :) Interviews, photo shoots, behind the scenes pics – I’m there. I will eagerly devour anything he puts into the public domain. But that is where the line is drawn, and I don’t believe any of us have a right to cross that line into his private life – in fact, I think we should defend it.
I leave you with this quote from Johnny Depp on the cult of celebrity:
“This is a rumour-filled society and if people want to sit around and talk about whom I've dated, then I'd say they have a lot of spare time and should consider other topics... or masturbation.”
Nuff said, eh? ;)