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No More Paparazzi in Hawaii? Ask Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler Hyde Park, London 2007

Hawaii may just become the next top destination for celebrities in the near future. The reason? Say hello to the ‘Steven Tyler Act’.

The same Steven Tyler of Aerosmith—who also happens to be a resident of Maui—has requested the 50th state to ban celebrity photography altogether. If the bill were to be passed, it would give celebs the right to sue over unwelcome photos of themselves. The goods news is, non-celebrity photographers and tourists can still snap (and basically ‘stalk’) celebs in Hawaii, but they won’t get sued for it.

Paparazzi working in Hawaii may be better off moving to the mainland if they still want to pursue celebrity photography, lest they face a lawsuit every time they snap a photo of a star.

We’re all aware of the lengths some paps go just to take a picture despite severe anti-paparazzi laws, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that someone has come up with a proposal to ban celeb photography for good.

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For celebrities, privacy is few and far between, and maybe banning celebrity photographers from taking their pictures in Hawaii can change that. But then again, maybe not.

I don’t know what would stop people from declaring themselves as landscape photographers who just happen to come across a celebrity couple making out on the beach. What about tourists with a steady hand, a good camera, a borrowed zoom lens and sharp eye? Are they going to start issuing “I’m a professional celebrity photographer” IDs to distinguish one from the other? As far as implementation goes, I think it will be close to impossible.

Media attention is part of the package, so if you’re not willing to accept that, why be a celeb in the first place?

Hi, my name is Steven Tyler. I just recently purchased property on Maui. Being a personality, no matter where we go we get shot. It’s part of the deal-io and it’s okay. It kind of drives us crazy, but as my mom said, “You asked for it Steven.” But when I’m in my own home and I’m taking a shower, or changing clothes or eating or spending Christmas with my children, and I see paparazzi a mile away at La Perouse shooting at me with lenses this long and then seeing that very picture in PEOPLE Magazine, it hurts. My kids don’t want to go out with me.

View the whole transcript here.

About two-thirds of Hawaii’s senators have already shown their support of the bill, so we’ll have to wait and see what comes out of it. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the issue?

Personally, I think there are more pressing matters, like gun laws. Also, the act has several significant constitutional defects. Do share your thoughts on the matter; we’d love to hear them!

Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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