Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Photo: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard

The battle between celebrities and paparazzi has been going on just about as long as there have been celebrities and paparazzi. Nobody likes being chased around by strangers with cameras while they’re trying to run errands, and paparazzi have families to feed, too. They’re only doing their job, right? Not when their job becomes dangerous to everyone involved.

Recently, Dax Shepard and wife Kristen Bell have decided that enough’s enough — especially after they saw how adamant the paparazzi became once their daughter, Lincoln, was born. They realized that paparazzi were creating an unsafe world for the children of celebrities, and now, they’re on a mission to end what they call “pedorazzi.”

First step? Dax’s new essay for The Huffington Post, where he asked people to stop buying magazines that feature paparazzi photos of celebrity children.

“As long as people pay good money to buy magazines featuring famous people’s children, there will be men popping out of bushes and lurking around playgrounds to get those pics. Those are just the facts,” Dax wrote. “The consumer is the only one who can put an end to this. They are the only ones with real power. We recognize that the odds of this happening are exceedingly low. We are not naive. We have hope, though.”

“We think that people who like looking at children in magazines must actually like children,” Dax continued. “We are betting on the chance that they like them enough to protect them from constantly being shadowed by strange men.”

Dax has a very valid point — something like the paparazzi that are merely just an annoyance or an inconvenience to many adult celebrities has to be absolutely terrifying to a child. They didn’t choose to work in an industry where paparazzi are just regarded as a hazard of the trade — their parents did. And they deserve to have as normal a childhood as possible.

“It would be miraculous if the situation changed and celebrities’ children got to be just children. And it would be even more miraculous if that change came from the will of the people and not legislation,” Dax said. “It would be a slightly better version of ourselves and our culture, and we are mildly optimistic.”

Source: The Huffington Post