Never one to tone down her personal views, Pink has taken a swipe at paparazzi and the US media for following her and husband Carey Hart for a shot of their newborn daughter, Willow Sage.
The singer, who sold the first shots of her new little family to America’s People, and Australia’s Who magazine, has revealed she’s donating the money from the sold shots to charity – and has no plans on letting the intrusive team of paparazzi win!
“Due to the unsettling, surprisingly aggressive and unsafe measures that the paparazzi seem to be willing to go to in order to secure that ‘first shot’ of our daughter-stalking us, chasing us in cars and sitting outside of our home all day and all night, as new parents Carey and I decided that we would release personal photos of our Willow, and donate all of the money to charity,” Pink revealed on her official website.
"Like any parents, we believe our little girl deserves the right to have privacy and be protected, but unfortunately, this media climate doesn't seem to provide for that... it's one thing to harass and stalk us, the adults, the celebrity that signed up for this life, but children should be protected and safe. There should be a clear distinction between us.”
The star also says she’s appalled as to why babies’ faces are not blurred in the American media, as they are in other countries around the world.
"In every other country that I recall, children's faces are blurred out in magazine photos. Why is USA the only country that continues to financially incentivize intrusive paparazzi behaviour to capitalize on photos of babies, infants and children? Why is this acceptable to any of us? Why is this even legal? These are questions I ask myself as a new parent. Why are celebrities/public figures having to seek restraining orders to keep strange grown men with still and video cameras from sitting perched outside of their children's pre-schools and elementary schools, preying on little innocent kids? After all, if a stranger was sitting outside of a school taking photographs of random little girls and boys, wouldn't he be arrested?” she questions.
“But because it's the child of a celebrity, somehow it's okay? I'm just not sure what is wrong with us as a society, that we do more than tolerate this, but our appetite for it seems insatiable. We buy these pictures. We buy these magazines that publish these paparazzi pictures. WHERE DOES IT STOP?
It’s no secret that celebrities detest being followed by intrusive photographers. And Pink has been applauded for her brave stand.
"Here's the bottom line: we don't want you to take our little girl's picture. We don't want you to one day follow our little girl home from school. We don't want our little girl's picture in a magazine or on a blog. If you take or publish her picture, it is against our wishes, and without our consent as parents, as people."
What do you think of Pink’s swipe at the paparazzi? Will it change the way you feel about wanting to see that ‘first shot’ of a celebrity baby?