For the second time since the duo began dating in 2011, Stone and Garfield turned a potentially negative and annoying situation into a positive experience that helps others. The Amazing Spider-Man stars learned that the restaurant they were dining at had been swarmed by paparazzi on Tuesday, according to People, and instead of running from the photogs, the two crafted small, handwritten signs that threw some publicity to their favorite charities. Garfield and Stone then exited the restaurant and used the signs to cover their faces, as pictured in People magazine.
“Good morning! We were eating and saw a group of guys with cameras outside. And so we thought, let’s try this again. We don’t need the attention, but these wonderful organizations do,” read the sign in front of Stone’s face. “Www.youthmentoring.org, www.autismspeaks.org, (and don’t forget) www.wwo.org, www.gildasclubnyc.org. Here’s to the stuff that matters. Have a good day!” read Garfield’s note.
The couple, who have been together for about three years, pulled the same stunt back in September 2012, as pictured above. This was the first time Stone and Garfield utilized the idea and they used the opportunity to give recognition to Worldwide Orphans and Gilda’s Club New York City, which helps give support to those living with lung cancer.
There has been a recent movement of celebrities fighting back against aggressive and sometimes inappropriate paparazzi. This past year, Kristen Bell and her husband, Dax Shepard, waged a war against the paps and launched their campaign, #NoKidsPolicy, which challenges media outlets to not show any unauthorized paparazzi shots of the children of celebrities. Bell and Shepard have been successful in gaining support from many major media sources, as well as their famous friends.
Stone and Garfield’s positive approach is definitely different and refreshing compared to how some celebs react to the frustrating paparazzi situation. In March, Kanye West was sentenced to anger management therapy after he faced charges of misdemeanor battery stemming from an attack on a reporter at LAX last July.