Jazz Girl wrote:I think one of the larger issues is that the papz have been legally protected from individuals protecting themselves or lashing out at them. The papz have pressed both criminal and civil charges against celebrities who have taken any action against them and won in the court. That is one of the biggest reasons the police fail to get involved. We've seen it for decades. Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Sean Penn, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Rachel Weisz... all of them, whether intentionally or by accident, did or caused something to happen to the papz who were stalking and harassing them and ended up in criminal or civil court and paying through the nose. I'd never condone lashing out, but everyone has the right to protect themselves. And yet, when celebrities have reached out to the justice system for help, for protection, they are told over and over that it is a consequence of the privileged life they lead and they should be glad they lead a life that warrants the attention. Don't worry about your safety or that of your loved one's. Don't worry about your children or their safety. It's ridiculous and sick and wrong. So, what choice have they?
Chernaudi wrote:Like, for instance, ArtyLinz, you being from the UK, I wouldn't issue the police Vauxhall Astra diesels. I'd issue them a Vauxhall that most people would want to buy--the Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst model, the one with the supercharged 560bhp 6.2 liter V8 in it. I'd even remove the 155mph governer off the ECU--those things would probably go over 200mph! And in Germany, I
'd give the police Audi S6 and RS6s, BMW M5s and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMGs, without the 155 limiter on them.
Jennie Malone wrote:I read that VF article, too, and I am struck by the profound archetypal parallel that Rob balances every day. On one level, he portrays a vampire in a fictional series, and on another level, he struggles with the real-life vampiric experience of what it means to be uber-famous and to have a normal life "sucked" out of him, such that he has to perpetually hide from the symbolic vampire (pop culture, paparazzi, maniac fans). It is THIS vampire who seems impossible to satiate, who finds Rob no matter where he hides, and who denies him any peace or sacred space.
The real vampire won't let him be "just" human, so he is chased, hunted, preyed upon -- and so is Kristen, Taylor, even poor little Booboo.
After reading that VF article, my hope for Rob is that he transcends the ravenous beast hunting his very flesh as this Twilight frenzy plays out, and that somehow he comes to see the archetypal parallel as an interesting opportunity to reflect on his inner strength and his personal resolve to maintain HIS sense of humanity and HIS sense of what is real (and what isn't). While outrunning and surviving the media/fan vampire probably seems more real than anything else in his life right now, the truth is Rob will get his life back (someday), and when he does, he will have a choice about whether our collective feeding has created another hollow, lifeless Hollywood shell, or a whole and vibrant young man with confidence and humility. The vampire may continue to hunt, but whether it wins and how Rob responds to that challenge, is up to him. God speed, Robert.
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