Just two days after calling for a boycott on magazines that buy paparazzi photos of celebrity children, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have clarified their stance.
Shepard, who stars on NBC’s “Parenthood,” has written an editorial for the Huffington Post, explaining why the couple chose now to speak out against paparazzi taking pictures of celebrity children. Though the issue didn’t hit close to home before the birth of their daughter, a recent event changed everything.
“Last Saturday we went to our friend’s house in a tiny, nondescript neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. We were there playing for three hours,” he writes. “I didn’t think we had been followed, but on Sunday morning my mother e-mailed me pictures of our daughter, clear as day, being carried and put into the car by me.”
Shepard says seeing the photos broke his heart, adding, “I had charged myself, as her dad, with protecting her. I personally believe, and I understand a lot of people differ on this point, that protecting her includes keeping her life private until the moment she decides otherwise. I think she is entitled to that. I think every minor is entitled to that.”
Since tweeting their wish for a boycott on magazines who buy such pictures, Shepard says the reaction has been mixed. While they’ve received support from many fans, there have also been some detractors who point out that the couple signed up for the celebrity life. For that, Shepard has an easy answer: “I do know what comes with the job, which is why I’m NOT asking you to boycott magazines with my photo in them. I’m only asking on behalf of my child who did not ‘sign up.'”
You can read his full editorial at the Huffington Post.