Pregnant Halle Berry has seemingly always been among celebrity parents who criticize our cultural celebrity obsession. Primarily because the tabloid-fueled frenzy makes for very harrowing experiences for their children. Perhaps that’s why when Halle Berry testified for an anti-paparazzi bill, she didn’t exactly hold back on how threatening the paparazzi presence is to her daughter Nahla.
CBS News reports that Halle appeared before legislators at the California Capitol to push for a bill “that would limit the ability of paparazzi to photograph the children of celebrities and public figures.” Halle leaned heavy on her role as a mother when testifying:
“My daughter doesn’t want to go to school because she knows ‘the men’ are watching for her,” the actor told the Assembly Committee on Public Safety. “They jump out of the bushes and from behind cars and who knows where else, besieging these children just to get a photo.”
Berry, who is pregnant, said she was speaking in favor of the anti-harassment bill by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, as a “mother of a daughter and the baby boy in my belly.”
“If it passes, the quality of my life and my children’s lives will be dramatically changed,” she said.
Halle also spoke about the recent almost tussle her beau Olivier Martinez had with photographers after the family returned from a trip. If you thought Olivier responded to the paparazzi poorly, then you weren’t the mom trying to get her frightened daughter to sleep:
“They were trying to start a fight with my fiance because if they get a photo of that it’s more money,” Berry said, adding that her daughter was terrified. “She asked ‘Mommy, are they going to kill us?’ She didn’t get to sleep until 3 a.m. because she can’t get this out of her mind and she doesn’t understand what just happened to her.”
While journalists are reportedly concerned about their own rights bordering on harassment, it’s also some of the movie industry that doesn’t support these hypothetical measures. The Motion Picture Association of America is opposed. Why? Well, probably because the film industry gets plenty of film promotion out of baby bumps, post-baby bodies, and pregnancy speculation.
But for now, the bill has advanced to the Assembly Judiciary Committee where the language regarding First Amendment rights will be tightened.
Way to use that star power for good, Halle.