The furious actor with the Daily Mail also attacks the other newspapers: “Your need to sell advertising is no greater than the need to prevent innocent children from becoming a target”
When you’re a Hollywood star, count on being constantly in the photographers’ sights. But, when your children end up on the pages of the newspapers, you feel that the measure is full and you have to do something. For George Clooney the straw that broke the camel’s back was seeing photos of the one-year-old daughter of American actress Billie Lourd first published in the online edition of the Daily Mail and then removed. At that point the actor, 60, married since 2014 to human rights lawyer Amal Ramzi Alamuddin, sent a letter to the editor of the British newspaper and other newspapers asking “To refrain from putting the faces of our children on your head.”
The American star admits that, as a “public figure”, he must accept «the publication of his photos, even intrusive ones as part of the price to pay “to do his job but, he adds,” my children didn’t make that commitment. ” My thoughts go to Ella and Alexander, born in 2017, and too often the object of the morbid curiosity of the paparazzi. An attention that can become very dangerous, considering the work of Amal Alamuddin who collaborates with the United Nations for investigations on the civil war in Syria and often defends uncomfortable characters such as the victims of atrocities in Iraq or those who fight for freedom of expression in Egypt: “The nature of my wife’s work – writes the protagonist of Ocean’s Eleven – leads her to put terrorist groups on trial and we take all possible precautions to keep our family safe. We cannot protect our children if any newspaper puts their faces on the cover ».
Clooney had already had reason to be angry with the Daily Mail
in July 2014 when he published the false news that Amal’s mother, Baria Alamuddin, was opposed to their upcoming marriage. In that case the newspaper was forced to retrace its steps and remove the article, but the actor sent an apology back to the sender and called the newspaper «a tabloid of the worst kind. One who invents news to the detriment of his readers ». From that moment the anger towards the media, especially the popular tabloid ones, has only grown. “We have never sold a photo of our boys – he wrote in the letter -, we are not on social media and we never publish images because doing so would put their lives at risk. Not a paranoid danger, but real world problems, with real world consequences ». And then the ironic ending: «We hope you understand that your need to sell advertising it is no greater than the need to prevent innocent children from becoming a target. ‘
This isn’t the first time a celebrity has been fighting to keep their family’s privacy. Michael Jackson took his children out in public with their faces covered. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have always hidden the faces of their daughters under a heart in their social media posts. And in 2014 they also called on stars to boycott the media that published stolen images.
A few days ago the actors Ryan Reynolds e Blake Lively they criticized the owner of a page Instagram who had posted a photo of the couple walking with their three daughters: «This thing is disturbing – commented Lively under the image -. I have publicly stated that paparazzi persecute and harass my children and you post their photos. You said you’d quit. You promised me. So you exploit minors. Please cancel. ‘
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