Maybe the thought came to Steven Tyler after his ‘moobs,’ or man-boobs’ became late night fodder back in January. True, the pics aren’t ‘pretty,’ or airbrushed, and they did catch Steven in a private moment minus the hair extensions and pancake – see them here, via Britian’s Daily Mail.
Now, his “Celeb privacy act,” or the totally unsexy “Hawaii Senate Bill 465″ passed in the Hawaii Senate, heads to the House.
Brenda Matthews here – I applaud Steven Tyler for speaking up and taking action! Read on:
Per Spin magazine, the bill “aims to protect celebrities from nosy paparazzi by enforcing a civil violation if stars are caught on camera in private moments.”
“The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation,” Tyler, who owns a home in Maui, said in a statement last month. “As a person in the public eye, I know the paparazzi are there and we have to accept that. But when they intrude into our private space, disregard our safety and the safety of others, that crosses a serious line that shouldn’t be ignored.”
Now, as the Associated Press reports, the Hawaii Senate has passed the ‘Steven Tyler Act.’ Twenty-three of the state’s 25 senators voted in favor of the bill, which is now headed over to the House of Representatives. Senator Sam Slom, however, wasn’t shy about his opposition.
Spin goes on to say: “We have been the butt of many editorials and jokes across the country for this proposed legislation,” Slom said. ”My final remarks to Steven Tyler as he sang so eloquently are, ‘Dream on, dream on.’”
Slom argued that Hawaii’s existing “invasion of privacy” laws were adequate enough. As SPIN’s Chris Martins previously noted, the Aloha State’s current privacy-related legislation requires some kind of physical trespass to warrant legal action; the Steven Tyler Act would extend that jurisdiction to protect celebrities from being photographed or recorded from afar while on their own, or anyone elses private property.
Other celebrities endorsed the bill — including Britney Spears, Mick Fleetwood, and the totally camera shy Osbourne family — but national media organizations offered testimony against it, claiming that the Steven Tyler Act infringes on the freedom of the press.
Brenda Matthews here – what are your thoughts? Yes, celebrities give up the right to some privacy as the very nature of their ‘celebrity’ and business thrust them in front of the cameras, but don’t they all deserve some downtime/private time, too? After all, they’re human, like all of us. When paparazzi are involved, not only can ‘private time’ be invaded, but it can have devastating and deadly results – think about that chase and car crash that killed both Princess Diana, and fiance Dodi Fayed.