By JE Sved on April 1, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) - If you feel as I do after reading the below, please cut, paste, forward, or snail-mail this to an editor, publisher, or producer of the show or publication you saw the Sandra Bullock paparazzi story in or on, tonight.¬† Let the sensationalized media know that you expect dignity and decorum from them.¬† Thank you.
Dear sensationalized media:
How could you?
When did you all become the pariah you send out there to torture people?¬† I’m talking, of course, about your coverage of yesterday’s “Sandra Bullock sighting” in Los Angeles.¬† You see, what you are doing is disgusting.
I’m talking to you, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, TMZ, E!, Us, People, Inside Edition, and all the rest.¬† You all precipitate this frenzied behavior by paying these paparazzi.¬† It has to stop.
Perhaps you forget Walter Cronkite.¬† Tom Brokaw.¬† People actually look to the news media for their cues on how to behave, and the example you are setting is repugnant.¬† Did you learn nothing from that French television experiment?¬† If not told what to do, people will electrocute each other on national television.¬† It’s up to you to be the backbone; to be the moral fortitude that says, “No, this is inappropriate.”
Here’s the thing:¬† Sandra Bullock is hurting.¬† She has suffered a terrible shock, and she’s mourning.¬† Yes, she’s mourning the sudden and untimely death of her marriage.¬† How might you feel if it were you?¬† Would you like to be hounded and demeaned at the lowest point in your adult life?¬† Forced to hide indoors and behind gates?¬† I think not.¬† Instead, you would want the comfort and respect of your friends and peers.
Many of you have covered Ms. Bullock’s career for years.¬† You are her friends and her peers, and yet you dangle money at these bottom-feeding dumpster-divers, and you pay them royally to violate the respect you had for your friend.
It’s immoral, and honestly, I don’t know how you can sleep at night.
And I’ll save you the trouble, “Whine, whine, That’s the price you pay for fame.”¬† Umm, no.¬† Nobody deserves what happened to Ms. Bullock’s marriage, and nobody deserves the degrading way you are sending an army of digital pixel-grabbers to block her every move.¬† You can’t even call them photographers anymore, because they never even look through the lens.
You have no excuse.¬† YOU can’t blame the paparazzi if you’re the ones paying them.¬† If you stop, they will have to go away.¬† Oh, I’m sure that you are afraid that some pimple-faced blogger will steal your scoop if you don’t have your pariah.¬† But is “Jenny’s Celebrity Blog” going to pay a paparazzo when they can’t steal the photo from your own website?¬† Honestly?¬† And if you’re really afraid of¬† “Jenny’s Celebrity Blog” perhaps you should be investing your pariah budget in making¬† some bigger changes, don’t you think?
Make it go away.¬† Because when the celebrities decide they don’t want to play the game anymore, you’ll all be out of work, anyway.
Do the right thing.
Jes Alexander, Publisher
Herald de Paris et Cie.
PS I’m sure you want to see how disgusting the paparazzi were in covering Ms. Bullock yesterday.¬† You can find it all over the web.¬† We won’t publish it.¬† Some things are more important that website hits.