It seems like only a matter of time before any big celebrity gets caught up in an assault case with a paparazzo. This week, it’s Kendall Jenner. The model has been accused of punching a paparazzo while leaving a club during Paris Fashion Week.
She took to her website to explain her side of things and deny ever touching the pap. She wrote, “Even though you know about my anger towards the paparazzi — I didn’t touch him. This paparazzi (sic) took his camera and started taking pictures right below my face. It was in my personal space, like centimeters from my body. I was so annoyed. All I ask for is just a bubble of space to breathe, and he disrespected that.”
Jenner went on to explain the motion caught in the pictures. She said, “I grabbed his camera and pushed it away across my body, sort of trying to push and pull it out of his hand at the same time. Of course, that side motion with my arm is why all of the pictures look like punches were flying. They totally weren’t! I just wanted him and his camera out of my face!”
I’m going to believe her side of the story, not only because if she really was throwing punches at the paparazzo, there would have been so many more videos that would have surfaced. But more importantly, the man was in her face flashing a bright light with a huge camera. She’s allowed to do what she needs to do to reclaim her personal space.
Personally, I think between every social media platform we have right now, where celebrities share portions of their lives and live events where we get to see candids of them, we don’t need these invasive paparazzi shots. What are we really getting from a picture of the top of Jenner’s head as she walks through a crowd of grown men trying to snap another picture? I think we can all agree the answer is basically nothing.
Many celebrities have tried to fight back against the paparazzi to put restrictions on what they do, and it may be time that we start supporting them in their cause.