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Seven The Morning Show - Zeta Jones versus the paparazzi
by Eva Rinaldi - 28th February 2011
was a significant day in our professional and personal
some of you know, my background includes bodypainting,
creative arts and education.
been a passionate photographer for over a decade,
however today I was recognised as a professional photographer
by both the mainstream news media in Australia and
in the U.S.
subject at hand was the relationship between photographers
and paparazzi, celebrities, agents and other news
was joined in the Channel Seven 'The Morning Show'
studio with my agent and very good friend, Greg Tingle,
plus Hollywood media expert and correspondent, Tomm
Taylor. Hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies conducted
the interview in forum style, and I was impressed
how they covered the case in a fair and balanced capacity.
I could tell how not only Greg but also Kylie was
quite concerned for me, as I had decided to go public
about getting roughed up at various press events including
the Hall Pass red carpet that took place at Fox Studios
- The Entertainment Quarter, just yesterday.
various people have told me, "just another day
in the office", but it shouldn't be that way.
It's just wrong. Physical and verbal assault in the
workplace should not be tolerated. It's not in most
other industries. Granted, there's quite a few cowboys
in the pro photography business including right here
in Sydney, Australia, and I don't plan on being a
"cowgirl", even if we do sometimes get treated
like cattle at events.
trigger point to the broadcast discussion was the
recent altercation that Catherine Zeta Jones and husband
Michael Douglas suffered at the hands of the paparazzi
while visiting London.
reminded of an incident that happened quite a months
back when the photographers crossed the line and disrespected
me. I'm also familiar with some of the unsavory and
unethical "art of war" tactics that some
photographers use to try to get bad shots of celebrities.
They sometimes swear at them and even use obscene
body language gestures towards them. Sometimes I may
suggest to some celebrities that they do something
interesting on the red carpet (like kiss), which is
a loving thing to share. I go out of my way to try
to capture beautiful, warm and complimentary photographs.
Sure, sometimes an Aussiewood or Hollywood goddess
might wear a partly see-through dress or low cut top,
with a good eyeful of cleavage, but that's their business.
"Upskirts" are a no go zone, as are swearing,
pushing, shoving and punching.
to the Zeta-Jones - Douglas story at hand... the lovely
couple were visiting London as guests of the Royal
Family and had visited Buckingham Palace earlier in
the evening. When returned from the event and they
were about to enter the hotel that they were staying
in, the paparazzi were taking pictures when all of
a sudden it was said that Jones yelled that she had
been punched and that she wanted the assistance of
had already entered the hotel lobby but eye witnesses
said he came back outside where he confronted the
photographer and was ready to fight. The scuffle quickly
ended and the parties carried on. For those of you
who don't know, the award winning actor has been winning
his battle with cancer, and extra stress facilitated
by unethical members of the press is the last thing
they want or need. It reminded me somewhat of the
way the late Princess Diana was treated by the press
at times, and who can forget the terrible circumstances
in which she died. Yes, some paps chased her and her
partner on the road at high speed which increased
the level of danger.
don't preach or suggest that I have all of the solutions
to the problem, however, any reasonable person could
see that there's room for a ton of improvement as
far as ethics and behavior go in and around the pro
photography - celebrity spectrum. It appears that
the only practical way to find some solutions to the
issues are to build photography - press guidelines
into law, which would be enforced by the likes of
the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and law
courts of Australia. It's a business where money talks,
and clearly proposed regulations will need to have
more bite than bark.
pleased to say that I still enjoy photography as much
as ever, and I do not want or need special treatment
just because I am a women. I just think all people
should be treated with respect.
big thank you to the Channel Seven team for making
Seven 'The Morning Show' (Greg Tingle, Eva Rinaldi
and Tomm Taylor)
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