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Now Paparazzi Free

If you follow the site on Twitter then you’ll already know that from now on mischa-b.com will be paparazzi free. This may not be a popular decision since this site has always been very active with sharing candids, especially since candids have sometimes been the only way to see what Mischa’s up to. However, I feel that Mischa’s attitude towards the paparazzi has changed, mainly over the last couple of years to the point where their presence is actively distressing her. This site has always existed to support Mischa’s career first and foremost and that will now be the sole focus moving forward.

I anticipate that this will mean losing some of the regular visitors of the site, but ultimately this shift in focus is simply about doing the right thing.

The existing candids will remain in the gallery for the foreseeable future, but if there are some pictures you love and want to keep, make sure to save them as there might come a point where candids are deleted altogether.

This strictly only applies to the candids, I’ll continue posting event photos and the like as normal.

 

10 Responses

Chris K Says:

Amen to that ! I hope that will catch on … Nobody cares what she’s wearing when she goes to the supermarket. Those guys are freaks. Mischa is an actress, let’s judge her on her talent

Jo Says:

Being completely honest about this, I’ve got to say that anyone who thinks the actions of a single unofficial fansite in stopping posting candid pictures is going to have any effect at all on the actions of the paps doesn’t really understand the situation.

The paps don’t care about what fansites do with the pictures they take, as it isn’t the fansites who pay for the pictures they take – it’s the professional gossip sites and celebrity gossip magazines who drive the market for the pictures. Fansites may benefit from this demand, and even help fund it in a small way via subscriptions to photo agency websites, but they don’t directly drive the demand, and therefore the actions of the paps. As long as there’s a general hunger for celebrity gossip, we’re going to have the gossip websites and magazines, and so we’re also going to have the paps following celebrities around to get the pictures the sites and magazines want. So, while we still have these kinds of sites and magazines, we’re going to have the paps taking the pictures and intruding into people’s privacy. And, of course, there’s also the legal aspect where, if you are in a public place, you don’t really have any expectation of privacy and are “fair game” for photographers to take your picture perfectly legally. Yes, some paps do go way too far and cause distress, and being constantly followed around can be irritating. But nobody forces people to go into showbusiness and become famous – it’s a career choice just like choosing to become a doctor or nurse. And so anyone who chooses that career path must understand that there is always going to be this interest in what they are doing, and the resultant intrusion into their everyday life. Mischa herself has commented that sacrificing any expectation of privacy is the price she has had to pay for the fame she has achieved and the money it has provided for her, so she fully understands the trade she has had to make.

While this site stopping posting candids may give some people a warm fuzzy feeling about “doing the right thing”, the truth is it isn’t going to make the slightest bit of difference about how Mischa is treated by the paps – They’re still going to follow her around, and the only difference it is going to make is that the pictures are not going to be posted here and people will just go to other sites to see them. So, in truth, it really is a bit of a futile move that will have no effect at all on the behaviour of the paps. The ONLY thing that will stop the paps is a complete cultural change right across the whole world, where people move away from wanting to know every tiny little detail of the lives of their favorite celebrities – And we all know that’s not going to happen anytime soon, don’t we?

I know some may find this view a bit controversial, but it’s a hard truth we must all accept. Sometimes, “doing the right thing” has no effect other than increasing feelings of moral superiority, and the only way to make a real difference is to work to encourage a wider cultural change. How can we here do that? Ideas on a postcard, please!!

Chris K Says:

I’m sorry but doing the right thing will always be a good path. Those candids are not interesting and if we educate even 5 people and show them those pictures are pointless then maybe the hunger will diminish. Mischa doesn’t want to be famous, she just wants to act. If she did she would play the game and be another red carpet blondie. And if that doesn’t change anything well hell I don’t care, that’s still the right thing to do ! Why would you need an impact ?

Jutiel Says:

I respect your decision, but I think it’s a huge mistake…

Sam Says:

I’m definitely not under the impression that I’ll have any effect at all on paparazzi, but as you said, Jo, the only thing that will have power is if there’s a cultural shift.

And as the saying goes, change starts with the person in the mirror. I can only control my views towards the paparazzi (and by extension, the views of the site) the rest is up to each individual person.

Besides, how many posts have I written over the years complaining about the media being too intrusive and too judgmental. I had to fix my own hypocrisy. It is an idealistic move rather than a realistic one, but I think that’s okay.

Juan Says:

i think with these paparazzi pictures you should filter bad photos or bad angles and post the good photos just to keep the site updated

because sometimes she really get lost and the site would suffer from any updates

just my opinion

Melissa Says:

I think paparazzi is all part of being a celebrity.
If you want the pros you have to take the cons.
It’s something they are all aware is going to happen if they achieve their dreams of stardom. I don’t think this decision is a good one.

N Says:

I am on the same opinion as Juan ! (But Mischa is just AMAZING on this picture: http://www.mischa-b.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=1716&pid=63009#top_display_media ) But I understand Mischa who want some privacy …

Julie Says:

I understand that, it’s okay but could you do us a favour please? tell us your source for the candids and stuff like that, so we could be able to see it even if you’re not posting… it may be such an invasion of her privacy but still it’s a way for us, fans, to see how she’s doing, what she’s up to, her style, looks and stuff like that. Thank you!

Sam Says:

It’s unfortunately not just one source – the photos come from dozens of different photo agencies and they have to be paid for.

There are a couple of other Mischa sources out there that are great – “Oh Mischa” comes to mind specifically which is a great source for candids, screencaptures and social media photos. Way better than me with posting certain types of content.

I have been thinking of starting a Tumblr page or something where I can at least post a couple of photos from new candid sets so people can at least see what she’s wearing and stuff. But I’ll have to dwell on that for a little while.

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