Kristen Bell Fights For Children’s Rights With #NoKidsPolicy

During a heartfelt mom-to-mom conversation on a Friday morning, Kristen Bell replayed for me a story that sounded more like a movie plot than real life. A story of her friends Fergie and Josh Duhamel, who were involuntarily surrounded inside their own home by countless prying photographers who had camped out in front of their house back in September 2013, all hoping to snap the first picture of their newborn, Axl. A time that was meant to be blissful and shared with loved ones was tainted, if only temporarily, knowing that the hunt was on by multiple photography agencies aiming to make money off their first child. Feeling threatened, angry, and desiring to be left alone, Duhamel posted a picture of Axl to his Twitter page, in order to disperse the media frenzy outside. Captioning the image with the hashtag #paparazziyoucanleaveourhousenow, multiple online entertainment sources published the first look but very few included the hashtag, providing voluntary oversight into the sad reality that has been created due to the public’s desire to have an instantaneous look into celebrities personal lives and their growing families.

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The stories are endless, and Kristen Bell passionately described one situation after another in which her family and others were subject to extreme media scrutiny after having a baby. Bell and her husband, Dax Shepard, welcomed their first child on March 28th, 2013 and have had a car or two parked across the street from their house waiting at all times for them to leave, hoping to get a picture of their daughter since the moment they brought her home from the hospital. In an article published by the Huffington Post, Shepard recounts the pain he encountered the first time pictures had been published of their daughter, clear as day after a play date in the San Fernando Valley.

“I personally believe, and I understand a lot of people differ on this point, that protecting (our daughter) 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. My wife and I, ever the approval-junkies, made a decision to get into show business and become public figures, but she has not. She hasn’t even decided if she prefers pureed carrots to peanut butter.”

While Shepard, who frequently goes to great lengths to cover his daughter from the lenses, was unaware of the paparazzi in that particular instance, most run in’s with the tabloid photographers are more announced. Screaming, shouting, invading personal space and bringing up hurtful comments are all part of the daily means paparazzi take in order to capture a ‘good picture.’

“While I wholeheartedly support the first amendment, I don’t believe in the right to be an asshole,” Bell proclaimed. “It’s not the end of the world, it’s not genocide, but it’s not right. Children are not meant to be consumed.”

The fine line between the rights of the press for news gathering means, and protecting children’s safety has become an increasingly grey area in the entertainment world that often goes unnoticed by mass consumers. “Pictures that may make it into a magazine could very well show someone smiling in an image with their family, but they don’t know the truths behind the picture. There are many instances where parents are harassed by photographers, where they say ‘let us have three shots and then we’ll leave you alone.’ While I personally don’t agree to them as I see it as blackmail and almost cooperating with the mafia, it makes me sick that some people have to choose between grocery shopping with their daughter in peace by allowing a few pictures, or getting harassed all day by strange, grown men.”

There was pain in her voice, but also determination as Kristen Bell was not one to take this harassment lightly. Realizing that while they couldn’t wait and hope for the paparazzi, or pedorazzi as she preferred to address them as, to change their ways, there was a route for them to have more control over the situation. “It occurred to Dax and myself that it would make sense to take on the demand side rather than the supply. By letting consumers see behind the scenes of what children are subject to, we want to make more informed customers and hope that they choose to not give business to companies that support this harassment.”

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The plan to take on the demand side came in the form of the hashtag #nokidspolicy and it’s picking up steam in Hollywood. Put simply, Kristen, Dax and others in the entertainment industry have decided to boycott outlets that haven’t agreed to the No Kids Policy, and continue to post nonconsensual pictures of celebrity minors. Through refusing interviews to companies that post nonconsensual images of minors, and ‘rewarding’ outlets that do have the policy, they’re hoping the demand for celebrity baby pictures will reduce greatly if not diminish completely.

“I’ve gone around doing meetings with outlets that will meet with me and so far the response has been mostly positive. OMG Insider has a No Kids Policy, ET took a little convincing but not much, and now just this morning it looks like E! will consider joining the movement as well. It’s exciting.”

The movement has garnered so much attention, that since talking with Kristen, multiple other outlets including Just Jared, the ‘Today’ show, and People magazine have all agreed to join the fight against the paparazzi with the No Kids Policy.

Under the movement, pictures at red carpet events, public events, new baby photos that parents approve and tweets or Instagrams taken by mom or dad will still be fine to publish by those supporting the policy, as well as images of a child if they’re a public figure (i.e. Jaden or Willow Smith), but beyond that they hope that children will be off limits.

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“We have a list of friends in the industry both who have children and those who don’t that are a lot more famous than us and have much more to lose, and they’re willing to help fight this battle with us,” Bell proudly stated,

before listing off some of their famous friends who have agreed to the policy: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Gardner and Bell Affleck, Halle Berry, Amy Adams, Michelle Williams, Katie Holmes, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, Amy Poehler and Sophia Bush.

The list is full of A list stars with an enormous level of influence that publications simply can’t afford to lose good graces with. While, many outlets may be doing the No Kids Policy for the right reasons, with their livelihood depending on staying on the good side of celebrities, it’s safe to say that many publications are doing it for business rather than ethics. Outlets that depend on having personal glimpses into celebrity personal lives, such as TMZ and Perez Hilton are less likely to follow the movement, but that doesn’t mean progress will not occur into protecting these children’s rights.

“I’ll be the first one to say that what I do is very easy, (actors) are overpaid, and I did sign up to be a parent, but I’ll be a parent before I’m an actor and I’ll fight for my daughter’s right to privacy even if that means I need to step away from this job that I’m blessed to have. I hope it doesn’t come to that, but babies are not news. My daughter’s outfit at the park shouldn’t have to be judged. Take pictures of myself and Dax, that’s fine, but when I’m with my child at the park or driving to a doctor’s appointment, my daughter like other children shouldn’t be afraid that someone’s trying to kill them for a picture.”

Through the No Kid’s Policy, Kristen and Dax hope to spread information about the perils ‘pedorazzi’ place on families, and make more informed consumers who can choose to support magazines and tabloids that refuse to place children’s well-beings at risk. “By shedding light on what these children are going through, we hope that how these children’s lives are affected can change for the better. That’s the bottom line, and these children deserve that respect.”

A huge thank you to Kristen Bell for inviting us to chat about this very important movement/issue. We whole heartedly support this cause and hope you will make the small changes to do so as well. All opinions remain our own!

33 thoughts on “Kristen Bell Fights For Children’s Rights With #NoKidsPolicy”

  1. Wow I can only imagine how hard that must be for them as parents. I would feel the same way. Good for People mag for stepping up and doing it first!

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  2. So happy that the word is being spread about #nokidspolicy! Great that Kristen and Dax are part of this campaign!

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  3. The #NOKIDS policy is great – though I’m sure there will still be paparazzi out there trying to make the $$ maybe this is a step in the right direction.

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  4. I hate how people hunt celebrities. I like the occasional peek into the celebrity life, don’t get me wrong, but when theirs and their children lives start to become overly invaded, I’m out.

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  5. I think this movement is great and will help keep celebrities’ children safer. I feel torn a bit though that they expect such a private life. That seems to be one of the tradeoffs of being a very famous person known all over the country/world, and they should know that going into the entertainment industry.

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  6. It’s great that the stars are taking a stand against the paparazzi to protect their children.

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  7. I love Kristen Bell… and this is a shining example of why. I’m glad she’s standing up for kids’ right to privacy, no matter who their parents are!

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  8. This is a great idea and I’m glad that so many people are hoping on board. Leave the cute kiddos alone!

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  9. I think it’s sad that it has even had to come to this in the first place. Everyone deserves a right to privacy, especially those who can’t speak up for themselves. Kudos to everyone involved in bringing this to light and helping to make a change!

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  10. I can’t believe that our culture accepts this mistreatment of children and families like it’s no big deal. Good for Kristen for taking a stand!

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  11. I’ve been following this for a while. I think it’s a great policy and I’m happy to see more and more publications agreeing to do the right thing.

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  12. I think it should be up to the celebrities involved! I definitely think we should respect their privacy…I mean, they are just people too.

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  13. This was an amazing interview. I wholeheartedly support the #NoKidsPolicy. I’ve always thought how hard it has to be a celebrity and not be able to have a “personal” life any more. That has to be incredible stressful to always be “on”. However, as they stated, they made that decision to be in the public eye, their children have not. I think anyone with a decency needs to respect that decision. I sincerely hope that this will grow as the norm.

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  14. Glad to see many are feeling the same way about this new No Kids Policy. I’m protective over my son and we’re just “normal folk”. I can’t imagine being a celebrity and having the paparazzi camped outside my house and windows.

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  15. Can we all agree that the Paparazzi are just assholes all around? Who wants to make a living by stalking others?

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  16. I support the No Kids Policy 100%. Children and their families in the spotlight deserve privacy just like ordinary people like us.

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  17. Great post! I hope it becomes a popular and respected movement. I think people get lost in celebrities and forget they have a life outside of their fame. I on the other hand rarely keep up with anything in celebrity life.

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  18. I am so glad that someone is taking a stance and protecting these children. Thank you for sharing this wonderful movement. Thanks!!

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  19. I recently heard about this while watching ET. It’s so true that kids should be protected because they didn’t choose to be the child of a celebrity!

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  20. I think this is a great policy. Although its funny, it seems like celebrities who don’t talk about their personal lives, we really don’t hear about it.

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  21. I completely agree. I don’t understand why people care about any of it.. from what actor’s kids are wearing to what the actual actors are wearing. BUT since there are people that do care.. there should be certain safety and privacy regulations.. we have regulations for everything else, right?

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  22. The No Kids Policy needs to happen. It’s disgusting how they can’t wait to pounce on people. They’re like vultures.

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  23. Cracking up at her comment about not a right to be an asshole!

    I can’t imagine how hard it would be to have to worry about your kids in this way. We all worry about our kids, but us ordinary folk don’t have this concern.

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  24. Wow, I think the No-Kids Policy is amazing- can’t believe we’re finally starting something like that over here! In the UK, it’s illegal to publish photos of celebrities’ kids. I love what Kristen and Dax are fighting for- such a good point that children never decided to enter public life, the parents did.

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  25. I can’t believe people Magazine went with the no kids policy – they always have mini me articles and such. I’m behind it!

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  26. I love this movement. While I like seeing everyone’s kiddos I understand celebs not wanting their children in the public eye. They deserve this right.

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  27. I think that’s great that media outlets are finally going to stop buying pictures of celebrities kids. It’s so awful what they do to get these pictures. Just because their parents are public figures doesn’t mean the kids need to be splashed on every magazine and website!

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  28. I get that celebs want privacy for their kids, but it’s par for the course. When famous people mate, we want to see what their babies look like. I don’t think it’s going to stop and I think celebs should be aware of it before they become famous so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

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