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Solutions for the Paparazzi Problem

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Joe Dolce, former editor in chief of Star magazine, blogs at the Huffington Post about the increasing reported skirmishes between celebrities and the paparazzi. Dolce leaves the blame, not only on the paps, but on the magazines that pay for the photos and the celebs themselves. He offers suggestions for each involved party while knowing full well that it's all easier than said. Here's his thoughts on how celebs should act:

They like to play the victims, and often they are. But they can turn down the volume. Brad and Angelina could have taken a lesson from Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's playbook. When their son, James, was born, they called every photo agency in New York and organized a photo shoot at the door of hospital as they were leaving. In one five-minute frenzy of flashes, everyone had the photo. Of course, it sold for almost nothing and the paps were furious about that, but the hunt was over. No editor even blinks when SJP walks down the street with her child these days.
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It's a basic theory (that can be applied to lots of things considered verboten) and seems to have worked for some. Except, there are those rare cases with such "stars" like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears who are known for hanging around the paparazzi without much success of ever getting the paps bored. And so, the "Britney Spears law" still lingers in the background of LA politics.