The Red Carpet version of the paparazzi
Strolling with wads of money invested in hair, wardrobe and make-up, past screaming fans and paparazzi cameras flashing all over; you are now a celebrity walking the red carpet.
Red carpet moments are the traditional treat of hospitality, mainly for heads of states and other members of the VIP.
In Hollywood, the red carpet is the chance of catching a glimpse of your favourite celebrity launching their movie, promoting their label, going for an awards show or other special events- most of the celebs are rare in social places.
To the paparazzi though, red carpet walk is the opportunity of making money- making quick and easy money from pictures of models tripping over after breaking their shoe heels, girls let down by revealing attires, and other incidences that one may call embarrassing to a star.
The paparazzi do anything to get such a picture because it is assumed that people are interested in watching even the other ‘dark of an angle’; celebrity portraits and pictures smiling to the camera can be found anywhere on the net. But an awkward picture of a celebrity is rare and can make paparazzi more bucks.
The paparazzi sometimes even provoke the celebrities into a fight, with abuses or bad statements, just to be hit but have such controversial pictures.
Singers Britney Spears, Avril Lavgine, Chris Martin, Eminem, are some of those that infamously have been victims of such fights. They did not have a way of reaching out to the fans, to explain the occurrences, thus branding them rude stars, or getting such wrong names.
Movie star, Sean Penn was once quoted, “I still think photographers should be lashed out at. They should be put in a cage where you can poke them with a stick for a quarter. But not in a hostile way, just for giggles. They really are on the attack against mankind; it’s a disease.”
Whereas media is good for their publicity, paparazzi fall outs with stars have increased, some ending up in deaths. Stars have also grown conscious of whatever can lead to their fall from red carpet moments by checking their make-up and wardrobes, and ensuring good walking and talking etiquette to avoid humiliation in photos and TV.
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