Everyone is entitled to privacy, so should celebrities be given more privacy?
The right to a private life means that you have the right to carry on your life privately, without government interference, as long as you also respect the rights of other people. The courts have interpreted the concept of ‘private life’ in a very broad way. It covers things like your right to choose your sexual identity, your lifestyle, and the way you look and dress.
The concept of private life also covers your right to develop your personality and to develop friendships and other relationships. This includes a right to participate in essential economic, social, cultural and recreational activities of the community. In some circumstances, public authorities may need to take steps to support you to realise your right to a private life, including your ability to participate in society.
The right to private life means that the media and others can be prevented from interfering in your life. It also means that personal information about you (including official records, photographs, letters, diaries and medical records), should be kept securely and not shared without your permission, except in certain circumstances. I think that the media do not respect celebrity’s private lives.
As human beings, we all deserve some level of privacy. But when you’re a celebrity, privacy holds another meaning. Most celebrities accept the fact that they will be followed by paparazzi the minute they step out their doors; after all, it does come with the territory. Celebrities spend a significant amount of time in front of the cameras, so it seems inevitable that some parts of their private lives will get out. However, it isn’t impossible for a celebrity to keep their private lives private. There are plenty of celebrities that seem to keep a low profile, yet still remain famous. Stars like Adele can keep their private lives private. So private that the media don’t even know the name of her child.
Stars like Britney Spears tend to end up in the tabloids more because of the things that they allow the public to see, yet they cry invasion of privacy when everyone knows their business. The whole world only knows their business because they put it out there. It is not very hard to keep yourself from being photographed with barely any clothes on or vomiting on a public street after leaving a club. I understand that it’s very easy for famous people to crack under pressure and start to spiral out of control, but allowing the public to see their breakdown is only more embarrassing for them and entertaining for us.
So, can celebrities lead private lives out of the media spotlight? The answer is yes they can. Celebrities deserve to have as much privacy as anyone else. If I was to get out get drunk and be stupid then no one would care. But these are CELEBRITIES we are talking about. I think that the media do not respect celebrity’s private lives. The paparazzi are just ordinary people trying to earn a living. So it’s not entirely this fault. However, celebrities also have a responsibility to maintain a clean public image. When they allow their images to be tainted in a very public way, they deserve whatever loss of privacy that the tabloids take from them.