Celebrities Have a Right to Privacy Too

Carolyn Starr, Staff Writer, Editor

If you could snap your fingers and instantly become famous, would you? Being famous has its perks, like being able to approach Harry Styles with the expectation that he is already aware of your existence, and not just imagine this scenario in your head. But there is one thing about being famous that seems disturbing: the lack of privacy.

Intrusive interview questions, constant surveillance by paparazzi, and prying fans make it difficult for celebrities to live almost normal lives.

For example, in 1967, Paul McCartney admitted to a reporter that he had experimented with LSD. McCartney answered a series of scolding questions with, “I was asked a question by a newspaper and the decision was whether to tell a lie or to tell the truth…I really didn’t want to say anything because if I had it my way I wouldn’t have told anyone…How many people it’s going to encourage is up to the newspapers…You’ve got the responsibility not to spread this now. I’m quite prepared to keep it as a very personal thing if you will too.” 

What celebrities do in their own time, whether it is right or wrong, is none of our business. If the situation is severe, the authorities will handle it. Otherwise, we should focus on ourselves.

Furthermore, in 2004, Princess Caroline of Hanover presented a case to a German court complaining that photographs published in magazines of her spending time with her family invaded her privacy. I understand that the paparazzi were just doing their job, but taking these photographs was simply unnecessary. Their whole angle is to snap photos that would entertain, expose, or educate. But spending time with one’s family isn’t laughable, scandalous, or informative.

Finally, since the release of Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license,” fans have taken rumors to the extreme. Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter, the alleged subjects of the number-one hit, have received a considerable amount of hatred on the basis of pretense. Rodrigo and Bassett were assumed to have been in a romantic relationship, something that has been neither confirmed nor denied, and the song a manifestation of Rodrigo’s feelings following their break up and his moving on. While I admire the loyalty of Olivia’s fans, it is terrible to hear of a person being criticized for something the critics know nothing about, is irrelevant to their lives, and is as common as a flame that has burned out.

Being famous does not make a person’s life automatically open to the public. I know that if I was a celebrity I would attempt to keep as much to myself as possible. Celebrities are just like you and me. We should treat them as such. Boundaries, people.