[VICE] Stalking the Paparazzi
In the documentary short titled Stalking the Paparazzi, California-based Steven Randolph of VICE confronts several celebrity-chasers along with videographer Steven Perilloux and finds out more about their chosen profession. Randolph’s full story is on VICE.
I think we can all agree that paparazzi are some of the lowest forms of life on planet Earth. Yet society tolerates the profession because it enables our base desires of nosiness and voyeurism without the risk of feeling like an asshole. The ever-growing business of invading public persons’ privacy—and the seemingly insatiable appetite for such garbage—proves that more than ever, people are looking for glimpses into lives that seem more interesting than their own.
As a guy who variously works in a mailroom, does stand-up, writes articles, and resets people’s credit ratings on the side, I have been involved in my share of very shady things. Were the paparazzi any worse than me? Were they just trying to get by?…