So Brad and Angelina
had their new babies. Jamie Lynn had hers, and so did Nicole Kidman. Itís baby central around Hollywood again, although none of the celebrity families are currently in or delivered anywhere near Hollywood, or even California. That didnít stop the paparazzi from coming around, however, and trying to get those first few pictures of the new babes.
have outmaneuvered the press when it comes to baby pictures. While some might not really care, plenty of other people are just dying to see what kind of beautiful babies Brad and Angelina will create. Jamie Lynn caused a minor riot with her teenage pregnancy, so there is a healthy curiosity there as well. Celebrities are cashing in on the publicís interest and are now exclusively selling the rights to their babyís first photo shoot.
The magazine with the first dibs on pictures is usually the only chance anyone in the media will have to photograph the babies without resorting to stalker tactics. Most celebrities
squirrel their children away, out of the eyes of the camera and for the most part, the media agrees to stay out of the lives of children. After all, itís the parents who are famous, and nobody wants to traumatize toddlers anyway.
But those first baby shots have become a big deal in Hollywood. In fact, itís expected that Brad and Angelina will sell the photo rights to their twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, for close to $20 million. The Jolie-Pitt family is a class act, however, and will be donating all of that money to a charity of their choosing.
Not everyone is as discreet or classy as the Pitt family, however. There were rumors that Joe Simpson, father of Ashlee and Jessica, starting shopping offers for pictures. He wanted to see exclusive rights of Ashleeís wedding and her new baby to the same magazine for big bucks. Iím not clear if he planned to donate the funds to charity, but I have an inkling he wasnít.
The Ethics of It AllCelebrities
who sell these rights claim pictures of their babies would wind up in the magazines somehow. By choosing the photographer and magazine, they are controlling the paparazzi who would otherwise be out of control. Critics of the practice point out that the celebrities claim to want privacy, especially for their children, but when dollars and a good publicity opportunity are on the line, baby seems to make the front cover by Mommy and Daddyís doing.
So whatís right or wrong? I love looking at the baby pictures while Iím standing in line somewhere, but I donít buy the magazine. Are these celebrities selling their babyís first shots for their own protection, their own publicity, or their own pocketbook?