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(July 20, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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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.

But celebrities 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.

Buying Pictures

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 All

Celebrities 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?

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Hayfield, MN
Posted On: July 29, 2008
I Believe that iz 1 of the most dumbest thngs that those celebrities do!!!!!!!!!!

I mean that those babies when they grow up they'll feel

like their privacy iz highly interuppted becauze their parents did not think of their childrens' privacy in the first place at all..... And I am very very very mad @ them!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bye!
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United Kingdom
Posted On: July 23, 2008
In my opinion, elder celebrity family is pretty cool. I mean, take a look at me! I have a fantastic life, and have a celebrity aunt!
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Sharpsburg, GA
Posted On: July 21, 2008
I always thought it would be cool having celebrity parents: school popularity, go to cool parties, you could buy whatever you wanted, but I guess it wouldn't be that fun when your parents start negleting you and ignoring you, and being to busy to pay attention to you. I mean, look at Britney Spears!
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Posted On: July 21, 2008
i feel so sorry for the poor little kids. Who wants a celeb parent anyways?
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United Kingdom
Posted On: July 21, 2008
Yay! 1st to comment!
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United Kingdom
Posted On: July 21, 2008

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