Miley Cyrus Films the Paparazzi (VIDEO)
Usually, when celebrities decide to fight back against the paparazzi, they throw a few punches or maybe break a camera or two. Celebs like Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand have made headlines by getting into physical confrontations with overzealous paps.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, on the other hand, once used their paparazzi predicament for good by flashing signs with the names of their favorite charities at the cameras.
But when Miley Cyrus discovered she was being followed by a paparazzo while walking her dogs with a friend, she decided to take a different tack — by whipping out her own camera and filming the whole thing.
According to GossipCop, Cyrus uploaded a cell phone video to her Pheed account yesterday of a man who was happily snapping away as he followed her down the street. Most of us would call the cops if some creepy, middle-aged dude started taking shots of us while we were out and about, but this is just a day in the life of a celeb like Cyrus.
The shutterbug seemed undeterred by Cyrus’ camera and continued taking photos as she filmed him.
This isn’t the first time a celebrity has turned the tables on a pushy paparazzo. Back in 2006, Joseph Gordon Levitt uploaded a video to YouTube in which he forced an impromptu interview on two rude paps who insisted on snapping pics of him while he was on a walk with a friend. I suggest you watch it — the conversation between Levitt and the photogs who try to insist he’s not a big star while simultaneously taking photos of him is hilarious.
Be warned, there’s some NSFW language in this video.
It’s easy to argue that following a celebrity around and photographing them is akin to stalking and harassment. Simply taking a picture of someone in a public place is perfectly legal, but purposely following them around to do so seems a little more sinister. What do you think? Should celebs be offered some legal protection from paparazzi, or is being photographed in public just part of the job for someone in the public eye?