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June 27, 2011  | by: Katherine Polanco

Pink

Pink, singer-songwriter, musician, and bada$$, is all grown up and a new mother to her first child Willow Sage. We all know how the kids of celebrities are stalked for their very first picture and it’s been no different for Pink and Willow. The paparazzi have been stalking the singer and her husband in hopes of hitting the jackpot by capturing the first photo of her new baby.

That hasn’t sat well with Pink, and she angrily took to her blog to address the stalking:

“Due to the unsettling, surprisingly aggressive and unsafe measures that the paparazzi seem to be willing to go to in order to secure that ‘first shot’ of our daughter–stalking us, chasing us in cars and sitting outside of our home all day and all night, as new parents Carey and I decided that we would release personal photos of our Willow, and donate all of the money to charity.

Like any parents, we believe our little girl deserves the right to have privacy and be protected, but unfortunately, this media climate doesn’t seem to provide for that. [...] In EVERY other country that I recall, children’s faces are blurred out in magazine photos. Why is USA the only country that continues to financially incentivize intrusive paparazzi behavior to capitalize on photos of babies, infants and children? Why is this acceptable to any of us? Why is this even legal? These are questions I ask myself as a new parent. Why are celebrities/public figures having to seek restraining orders to keep strange grown men with still and video cameras from sitting perched outside of their children’s pre-schools and elementary schools, preying on little innocent kids? [...] I’m just not sure what is wrong with us as a society, that we do more than tolerate this, but our appetite for it seems insatiable. We buy these pictures. We buy these magazines that publish these paparazzi pictures. WHERE DOES IT STOP?

So when you see our middle fingers up in all of our pictures, now you know the motivation. It’s all we can do to stop images of a newborn baby from being printed without our consent. Can you imagine a world where they would blur out our middle finger to protect a “consumer” over blurring out an innocent child to protect their integrity and privacy?

Here’s the bottom line: we don’t want you to take our little girl’s picture. We don’t want you to one day follow our little girl home from school. We don’t want our little girl’s picture in a magazine or on a blog. If you take or publish her picture, it is against our wishes, and without our consent as parents, as people.”

Pink has decided to release the photo of her daughter herself and will donate the money to charity…way to go Pink ! And she brings up an amazing point about the paparazzi blurring out the “finger” but can’t have the decency to blur out a child’s face for some privacy. Everyone deserves a little privacy. Hey, paparazzi: Take a chill pill!

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