SalR323 (salr323) wrote,

The Sunday Sermon

There’s been a little fire fight over at depp_daily about the rights and wrongs of posting pictures of celebrities’ children. Now, I usually don’t like to preach and I’m all for live and let live, but in this case I think there is an absolute ethical line that must not be crossed.

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? ;)
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