Is California Going Too Far To Protect Celebrity Kids From Paparazzi?

The Motion Picture Association of America and the California Newspaper Publishers Association have joined legal analysts and reporters concerned that the law may be overly broad and interfere with legitimate news gathering and other legal activities. I expect this law to be challenged the first time prosecutors take a photographer to court, says Lou Virelli, a constitutional law professor at Stetson University in central Florida. RECOMMENDED: How much do you know about California? Take our quiz. The law targets any person who intentionally harasses the child or ward of any other person because of that persons employment. It further specifies that harassment means knowing and willful conduct directed at a specific child that seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes the child and that serves no legitimate purpose and that includes recording an image or voice. These provisions worry education reporter Andrea Johnson, who writes for the Minot Daily News in North Dakota. She often covers childrens issues and notes that there are already many privacy protections in place for most children. It is very easy for parents to get riled up over privacy concerns when a new law passes. I am concerned that this might spread to other states, fanned by parents who have growing concerns over the privacy rights of their own children, she says. Its hard enough to do our jobs without having new restrictions such as the requirement to get written permission from parents for legitimate interviews with their children, Ms. Johnson adds. Legal challenges to the statute are likely, says Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Reporters and paparazzi will claim it infringes on their First Amendment rights, she says via e-mail. There are already laws on the books that prohibit stalking and assaults of celebrities and everyone else.

Celebrity Twitter accounts get personal

I could care less, Morris said about being followed by a celebrity on social media. Morris said she does not follow very many celebrities. I follow a lot of house music, Morris said. As mentioned by Morris, social media can either make or break a person and some celebrities are having very public downfalls. Virtually every person has heard of, if not directly seen, Amanda Bynes recent mental breakdown. With her constant Tweets calling others ugly and saying she wants rapper Drake to murder my vagina, it was not long until her downward spiral began. It makes me happy when Im depressed, Morris said about Amanda Bynes public meltdown. These odd antics went off for several months until Bynes parents and authorities stepped in. However, they did not intervene until the former child star lit an elderly womans driveway on fire as well as accidentally catching her dog on fire in the incident. Now Bynes has been on a 5150 psychiatric hold, where she has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. According to Dictionary.com, Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder characterized by some, but not all of the following features: emotional blunting, intellectual deterioration, disorganized speech and behavior, delusions and hallucinations. Bynes has been treated for her mental illness and is making progress. Although her very public antics came as a shock to many people because she had not been directly in the public eye for some years, Bynes image seems to be thoroughly wrecked. Justin Bieber is yet another example of a celebrity who is slowly hurting his image by his Twitter and Instagram posts. The troubles first started when pictures of Bieber smoking marijuana and drinking illegally surfaced on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. These pictures stirred up such an outrage, Biebers followers, or Beliebers as they like to be called, began cutting their own wrists in order to make him stop.