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Pursued by the paparazzi

Posted by: | October 9, 2012 | No Comment |

It seems that celebrities are always complaining about pesky photos snapping shots of them around Hollywood. From red carpet galas to the Whole Foods grocery store, they can’t get a break without a creepy guy in an SUV pointing a Canon in their faces.

“I’ve been… chased by paparazzi, and they run lights, and they chase you and harass you the whole time. It happens all over the world, and it has certainly gotten worse. You don’t know what it’s like being chased by them,”
-says Tom Cruise

While they may be a nuisance in the day-to-day lives of silver screen stars, let’s face it; sneaky photos are a major asset to the business of celebrity reporting.

While the word paparazzi originated from a news photographer character named “Paparazzo” in the 1960 film “La Dolce Vita,” the word has roots in the Italian word for a mosquito, papatacci. Said Federico Fellini (director of “Lad Dolce Vita”) in 1960: “Paparazzo… suggests to me a buzzing insect, hovering, darting, stinging.”

Buzzing insect or not, the candid photos of our favorite celebs keep the tabloids in business. We’re a culture who craves news, and what better to accompany with a glossy page of Angelina Jolie wrangling her kids down Sunset Boulevard?

Image courtesy of toutelecine.com



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