September 15, 2008

i normally don’t rant about pop news, and this isn’t a “rant” per se, but i wanted to mention something about the kanye west / paparazzi thing.

with the GLORIOUS EXCESS art show, i immersed myself in the parts of the celebrity machine that i normally avoid. i asked questions of myself and others, and in the process of creating the pieces, i found darkness, humor, sadness, excitement, fear, answers, and more questions. the fame machine and peoples’ addiction to it can be shocking.

if celebrity news is an “addiction,” the paparazzi and the tabloids are its drug dealers.

if you’ve ever seen the kind of frenzy caused by photographers like the ones in the kanye west clip, i think it’s not a stretch to say that they can be a massive disruption, and potentially dangerous. in contrast, an airport requires order to be able to function. flight schedules and security depend upon it. the more chaos, the less likely the airline and TSA staff will be able to do their jobs properly.

all opinions about kanye aside, it’s unfair and unsafe to allow paparazzi into the airport. if anyone knows about a petition or movement to fix this problem, let all of us know. i’m in.

on that note, look at the video below, and put yourself in the shoes of the person in this clip, and see if you can’t relate a little better to kanye.


NOTE: sparkart had some problems and the GLXS SIRENS AND SILENCE video is down for a moment. will be back up soon.



  1. nillp on September 28, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    i totaly agree with what u said about the paparzzi at the airports..!

    sometimes i think that the airports like this kind of things since they let paparazzi stay there!

  2. alichino78 on September 19, 2008 at 7:18 am

    paparazzi should learn to do something about their behaviors if they want to stay in the business. if the celebrities and their job is the only bread and butter better shove them some books about proper mode of conduct and behavior as human beings.

  3. KATHYxx on September 18, 2008 at 12:23 am

    While I’m not really a fan of Kayne’s attitude.. I am less of a fan of paparazzi (also certain kinds of fans, but I wont go there).

  4. outlawserenade on September 17, 2008 at 9:38 am

    4 bleh @ numbering making comment format crapped up. FIX!

  5. outlawserenade on September 17, 2008 at 9:36 am

    1 You get one cool point for correct use of per se.

    2 Demands make supplies make paparazzi make exploitations make Lady Diana die. People thinks that voyeurism is the ish these days. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t think that looking into (and photographing) other people’s panties is anything but despicable. (to analoggirl: hey! related topic to our debate! πŸ˜€ ). Unfortunately, those who buys tabloids seem to think that entertainment = voyeurism = knowing everything about artists regardless of who the bloody hell the artist is or whatever achievement s/he has.

    3 I take it that your stand on No Girly Mags/Tabloids interviews still stand, then? πŸ˜‰

  6. ShadowerLiltani on September 16, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    http://people.howstuffworks.com/paparazzi.htm Okay, Mikey, I found an article which talks about what the paparazzi do, and what laws they are restricted by. This is a very interesting read, and it’s nicely written. I have a lot of things I want to say about this, like distance between paparazzi and celebrity, and many other things, but I don’t have room so I’ll just put it in my blog. Whether or not you or anyone else reads it doesn’t matter to me. (Don’t worry, I don’t have any porn or viruses on my site. I don’t have that much time on my hands.) http://www.freewebs.com/theartbook35/index.htm

  7. ShadowerLiltani on September 16, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    I am a firm believer in freedom of the press, and you know how I feel about certain things. Which is worse, the fool (celebrity), or the fool that follows (paparazzi). I think idiots who chase around celebrities for a living for tabloids sake are pretty dirty, but I can’t stand how celebrities enable them by the “addict turned clean trick”. Paparazzi don’t seem to get that only the bad celebrities act bad, and the nice celebrities act nice. They don’t differentiate at all, and I am sure there are laws or regulations about paparazzi overstepping their boundaries. I’m am going to look this up right now, because I bet plenty of people can sue like hell if they want too πŸ˜€

  8. BlakeA on September 16, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Im not very fond of Kayne. He seems so full of himself its not even funny. To top it all off his music sucks!

  9. rockermeg on September 16, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Its so shocking. I can’t believe people like Britney Spears and Princess Diana(RIP and so on) actually wanted those guys following them everywhere.

    About the vid-I saw up til “And Mr Delson here…” & it cut off there and wouldn’t load. Then it just came up with the Arts Scholar thing. Which is awesome by the way.Congrats to that guy and I hope to see his work soon!

    So you asked for a link…this is one I found. They’re not for banning the paparazzi completely but they’re petitioning against the violent & agressive behaviour from them. I’ve signed it (-:

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/432246467/ “STOP Aggressive Paparazzi”

  10. Blaesbjerg on September 16, 2008 at 9:10 am

    I’m really touched πŸ™‚ Poor Kanye.. Your video is good in the understanding of how it is, you should somehow get this video, like, more public if you could Mike, and the message your sending about celebrities for that matter..

  11. I_B_Long on September 16, 2008 at 12:22 am

    aaahh, ok, i googled it. poor kanye. im not exactly a fan of him (not by any stretch of the imagination) but i can totally understand his actions. no paparazzi at airports is not exactly a whole lot to ask. i think thwe whole camera-stalking business should be illegal.

  12. axrinekey on September 16, 2008 at 12:13 am

    “if celebrity news is an “addiction,” the paparazzi and the tabloids are its drug dealers.”
    I really like that statement… πŸ™‚

    I’ve seen the short scene on TV… :/
    Actually, I don’t really know what happened, but well…
    paparazzis shouldn’t be so inquisitive and busybody of celebrities’ privacy…
    paparazzis are sometimes really annoying and disturbing… and they like to spread bad rumours, gossips.

  13. I_B_Long on September 16, 2008 at 12:11 am

    i actually have no idea what you are talking about, but i assume something happened between kanye and some paparazzi? well, if all or even just some of them are anything like the guys in the clip you posted a while ago (king of the paparazzi i think) then im not surprised at all. i hate paparazzi. i dont read/buy any magazines with their photos in them and i gave up on watching tv ages ago. and how exactly is it addicting? i dont get how people can even be mildly interested in most of that stuff.

  14. Aqua101 on September 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Wow! Allowing paparazzi into the airport??!! WTF?…oops sorry my language (shake head). Wanna create another terorrist scene? U just joking, right? There should be a line between what is right & wrong to do…same as for Celebrity & Paparazzi..can’t they use conference, special M&G or other ways…instead of spying, snatching & bothering own privacy? It’s annoying really!! BTW, here is the link if anybody want to sign against paparazzi, try it perhaps this can end the problem : http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/432246467

  15. soyuneik on September 15, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    There are people who know and respect what celebrities have to go through. I’m quite involved in my own life, so I don’t find it necessary to absorb the lives of others. Somehow I made you an exception by my visits here and at times I find myself conflicted about it. But really its like having a pen pal. You can remain detached.I don’t have to worry about he said she said, testosterone wars, egos, jealousy, etc. At the same time, I can read a little bit of what its like to be where I want to be.

  16. soyuneik on September 15, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    In order to sell albums, you need an image, you need a name, you need fans, etc. Therefore, popularity comes with the territory, its part of the game. BUT, no matter where I’m working, there is a line. If someone is fucking with you, you stand up for yourself. Now there’s always going to be a split perception on this shit. Ignorance seems to have a lot more to say, but that doesn’t mean there’s more of it. The first things I think about when seeing shit like this is always thought through the other person’s perspective.

  17. Giffy on September 15, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    celebrity is a job. paparazzi is a job. they could have a conference to meet in the middle not crossing each other’s line. i dunno, it’s just a view πŸ™‚

  18. murry on September 15, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    I was already on Kanye’s side on this one. I really need to hear no justification for battering paparazzi. And the whole, “They’re just doing their jobs,” argument is ridiculous. What they do for a living is despicable and they should get a new job, instead of somehow legally stalking people. I don’t need to see pictures of Kanye walking through the airport. Entertainment should only go so far. He shouldn’t be forced to be an entertainer 24/7.

  19. kellz on September 15, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    check this out and come haha alright just check it out http://www.dumboartscenter.org/festival.html it’s called art under the bridge festival in brooklyn

  20. analoggirl on September 15, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I hate the paparazzi. I hate anyone who exploits another human being – and exploitation is the cornerstone of celebrity culture.

  21. Ezza on September 15, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    the paparazi are drug dealers lol. ive heard some camera ppl yell names and insults, kick people. the vid shown on the news only shows kanye breaking a camera- what made him do it? photographer kick kanye as he walked past?.. yet i try and explan this to my parents that what the paparazi do is actually stalking there like β€œits their fault” at events like ur art show ect its ok the attention is wanted. having ur pic taken out with mates, having a coffee like normal ppl is going to far. eventho ur in the pubic eye with ur work arent u still a private citizen when ur not at an event? average ppl could have them arrested for stalking yet celebs cant. WTF? i dont read those mags in protest.

  22. ninguem on September 15, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    i realy don’t like kanye person, but if i were him, i could do the same, figure, you comes in airport tired, hungry, need sleep etc and go one guy with a camera trying to take pics of you, is sad, pretty sad, one thing is be a good person in meet & greet, other is be cool even when you’re eating, shopping, whatever
    paparazzis could be treated like criminal, they almost destroy lifes

  23. ninguem on September 15, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    i think this paparazzis are people which want be in celebrity shoes (i mean jeausly), they are’nt life, i dont care which you, kanye or britney do in the normal days, i just care with music or anything like this, but unfortunelly have some people which take this celebrity like their own life, breathe, sleep, eat celebrities

  24. Anstice on September 15, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Well, after a crappy entire day and night and then day and evening without power (all due to the high winds from the after effects of Hurricane Ike), hot water, or internet, I’ve thrown away about $150 worth of groceries and slept with my windows open all night on an effing college campus. And then I come on and see this. While the story is VERY interesting, Mike, I have to tell you. You have GOT to be THE WORST person I’ve ever seen try to do HTML by themselves, haha. Didn’t anyone teach your how to link things? ::walks off cackling::

  25. WTF on September 15, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    As for the paparazis with cameras in places they shouldn’t be… Agreed. They shouldn’t be allowed in airports. What a great setup for a terrorist attack. Follow a celeb into an airport, create paparazi chaos as a distraction so the Toweleheads can hijack another plane. I can see why they get a thrill out of pissing people off though. Isn’t that the reason the show Punk’d is such a hit? The guy with the cam might be an asshole but now he’s a famous asshole for having Kanye attack him. Just imagine the jokes and laughs he’s having back at the office with his friends. It’s not much fun to just get a random pic of him standing in line somewhere. Kanye attacking him brought the LOLs.

  26. WTF on September 15, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    The paparazi and TV people are really the only ones “addicted” to celebrities. I really don’t give a shit what any celeb is doing regardless if I am a fan of them or not. The paparazi obviously make some people famous though. I never knew who Kanye West was until his infamous “Bush hates black people” comment being posted all over the internet for the LOLs. That’s as far as it goes for me, 30 seconds of LOLs because something stupid was uploaded on Youtube and posted on an internet forum.

  27. Ellz on September 15, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    The paps can be far too aggressive sometimes and I agree they should be handled for being so.
    One thing that does confuse me is the simple fact that the paparazzi come with being a Celebrity.
    You know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s like an unwritten law. It sux and they suck. This is why I like working behind the scenes and away from being in front of any camera. I have so much respect for those who can handle it. Mike, I’m glad they’re not after you. Maybe it’s because you’re not scandalous, or doing things you’re not suppose to be doing in public to get more and more attention??? Hmm.. Good topic.


  28. NeneLP88 on September 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Celebs are human beings.So,as noone gives a crap about what i’m up to now,why should ppl care about ’em? Too bad we’ve been made curious,that’s not our fault.But there’s a clear difference between being a lil curious (like i’m watching tv and a stupid gossip program comes up) and living just to know about celebs’ lives,as it’s the only goal in life.

    In the same time i’m sure that a lot of celebs don’t really mind that. Being chased (pretending it annoys them) could be their only way of being noticed. So sad -.- Luckily most of them think that paparazzi can cause only trouble.

    All this is fucking frustrating and i wish this matter could be solved. But..how? -.-

  29. Kalini on September 15, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I didn’t write any comment in my previous message about the paparazzi , but here is something to see how far the paparazzi can go: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-529868/We-took-photos-dying-Princess-Diana-10ft-away-admit-French-paparazzi.html. KK.

  30. Jhuryn on September 15, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    I can’t believe that with the current concerns about airline safety and terrorist threats that the FAA allows paparazzi swarm into the airport. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio so I’ve never experienced the paparazzi madness first hand but I can only imagine how it disrupts the flow of travelers. I wonder how many airline personnel are pulled away from their normal duties to deal with a mob like the one in the Kanye video. I’m not saying that I support Kanye’s actions but traveling can be stressful and if you choose to confront someone in a stressful environment then you better be willing to deal with their reaction.
    When are the rest of the digital packages from PR going to be available?

  31. SimplyMode on September 15, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    That’s just sad. The worst thing is Kanye is the one who will probably come out looking like that bad guy in all of this.
    You can just picture it right, “Kanye goes crazy at airport” It’s not fair on him, or any other celebrity for that matter. I just don’t understand how someone can wake up in the morning and say “Today I’m going to stalk such and such until they flip and do something crazy just so i can get it on camera” I mean come on you guys are entertainers and that’s all we should be asking of you. I mean I would have to be really bored, NO i mean REAALLLY BORREEDD to even think about watching something like E! news. I repeat IT’S JUST SAD.

  32. PankakeMunky on September 15, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    i agree that the paparazzi should lay off people in public places. they cause more trouble than necessary to get that one picture of a celeb going out to put gas in their car or just plain taking a walk. i mean, look at what happened to princess diana; she got chased by the paps and ended up paying the price with her life. sometimes i wonder if it’s super necessary to butt into people’s business to let the world know EVERYTHING about a celeb. i agree with mike that the paps should have a limit and know to leave someone alone when they want to be left alone.

  33. cuz on September 15, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Miiike, there’s no ‘video’ section sign at the top of the page, and there’s only one video in that section. but i know Sirens And Silence and was very inpressed by it. i agree, paparazzi can be dangerous. they don’t care about someone’s private life, that everybody wants to be alone sometimes, that they’re causing dangerous situations. they just care about the money they can earn on celebrities. this problem needs to be solve, just for everybody’s safety

  34. Brittney on September 15, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Mike. On the front page of myspace there was the video and above it read “Kanye Attacks” LOL how ridiculous. Paparazzi probably deserved it.

  35. Bunnyfish on September 15, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    This all looks like a vicious circle to me – the paparazzi do what they do because they want the big bucks for their photos because celebrities are the ones who tell us that the richer you are the better your life is, and us poor fools fall for it and pay big bucks to see these rich happy celebrities go about their daily life, which is what the paparazzi do!
    The whole thing is pathetic – I am waiting for the world to realise that a good car is one that can go faster than you can walk, good clothes are the ones that cover up your bare ass…etc, etc. Money is not the be all and end all, and everyone needs to learn that. Rant over… for now!

  36. Sven on September 15, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Hey Mike,
    by some reasons your “video” section doesn’t work properly,
    1. it doesn’t show up in the BLOG ART HOTOS STORE row and
    2. when i follow the link in your post it shows me the video at your GLX show about your scholarship. with the discription about your self shot video.
    when you posted it a few month ago i could watch it but later it doesn’t work. would be great if somebody can fix this problem, i want to show the video some of my friends because i’m really impressed of it and made me fearful.

  37. Fianwien on September 15, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    This may sound a little rude sorry but i don’t give a f.ck about Kanye. BY THE WAY, Richard Wright(Pink Floyd) died. Just for your information.

  38. skindesbous on September 15, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    In the description of the video I’ve read this: “His mother Donda West, 58, died late last year after undergoing cosmetic surgery, in a case that drew scrutiny of the surgeon who performed the procedures.” Does it really matters? It has something to do?

  39. Madlen on September 15, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I went on youtube and saw the video of kanye.What kind of job is that?Making people’s lifes difficult,no giving them any privacy?I wonder how would the paparazzi feel if they were the celebrities.I don’t think they’d put up with this.I can’t imagine what it’s like to know that you can have your privacy anywhere you go.Seriously something should be done…

  40. ritzifying on September 15, 2008 at 11:35 am

    paparazzi make me sick. no scruples. at least kanye made a name for himself with the paparazzi now. don’t mess with him.

  41. AliceXD on September 15, 2008 at 11:22 am

    you know i agree alot with what you have to say on this issue. theres a very fine line that seperates (trying to think of how to say it) but seperates being famous and having people take your picture.. and then theres just going way too far. I personally think that no one should have to deal with their personal lives being invaded. and im not one for physical violence, it actually scares me to death, but you know some people have bad days. and having a camera go off in your face every 5 seconds is gonna make you get even more frustrated. i mean fame is one thing.. and i know people like to take pictures and stuff.. but sometimes you just need to give people space you know..

  42. skindesbous on September 15, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Anne, I can’t imagine Mike in the toilet HAHAHA

  43. Anne on September 15, 2008 at 11:13 am

    some celeb’s do have a choice (seeing you or johnny depp or other famous people). I can’t say if it was right or wrong to react like Kanye, because I am not him. i do not have to life with the paparazzi, i do not have to watch every step i take… they’re all human beeings. for the people who hardly can accept that: also mike goes to a toilet or scratches his ass if it is itching ;). we’re all the same with a little difference: some do have talents and “sell” them, mostly for make us happy ;o)

    That is why I would never linger in front of someones house or hotel πŸ˜‰

  44. antje on September 15, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I have seen the video on TV in “News”. It’s unbelievable how obtrusive the paparazzis are. Im complete with Kanye. To be honest: he should kick the paparazzis ass. So they had really a “reason” to arrest him. I was never interested in private life of a celebrity. I mean they are only cooking with water. They are basically just ordinary people like me. I am interested in all of her professional life, you know. Like for example your art or your f**** amazing music :). Or all about the next movie in theaters or something like that. Not what you are “buying in the next drugstore”. Ridiculous…. Take care, Mike!

  45. skindesbous on September 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

    “i asked questions of myself and others, and in the process of creating the pieces, i found darkness, humor, sadness, excitement, fear, answers, and more questions.” I really liked that phrase. It’s impressing and annoying how security on airports make you throw away every bottle of liquid larger than 100ml, and they let the paparazzi go in…

  46. Curiosa on September 15, 2008 at 11:10 am

    & for everyon else, here’s an interesting interview w/Halle Berry talking about the paparazzi & her child isn’t fair game for them.


  47. Curiosa on September 15, 2008 at 11:08 am

    CONT: & then there’s George Clooney who took down a pap’s license plate because of all the laws he broke chasing him. I finally remembered Nightline did a story about this & what LA officials planned to do. I couldn’t find the exact one but I did find these stories. You’re a little late to join but maybe they’ll have another meeting. I agree that pap take it too far when they put other people in danger.



  48. Curiosa on September 15, 2008 at 11:08 am

    U’re going to make me think aren’t U? :)~ lol I’ve heard about many probs w/the paparazzi on Inside Edition & Nightline(& then I wonder why I can’t get up at 6:30 am). It’s not just the airport but also in school zones. I don’t remember who it was but she had been chased through a school zone after picking up her kids & the paparazzi broke so many laws when they did that. She got out of her car & lashed out at them because they could have hurt a child in during their chase.

  49. miKer0cks on September 15, 2008 at 11:04 am

    well i totaly agree with u mike…nowadays everyone can be a ”pop star” even if he isnt talented at all!!! that kinda sucks cause it’s soo unfair…i dont know why but it feels like it….i also agree with raspberry….only u guys dont recuire publicity…everyone else does!!!! anyway….maybe there’s a middle choice but i havent come up with it yet…when i do i’ll let u know…i’m with u on this one!!!! and keep us posted for anything new….thanks for sharing mike…i really appreciate it!!! cya and take care ❀

  50. Anika on September 15, 2008 at 11:03 am

    i dont know how i can say it, i try: i dont know why anybody wanna see scandals about celebrities! they are humans like everybody else!…these poeple dont know what they have to do with their own life, so, they destroy the life of amazing people like musican, actors,… i couldnt be a celebrity, i couldnt !!!!! (sorry for the mistakes, haha xD) greetz

  51. Phoenix10 on September 15, 2008 at 11:02 am

    i also canΒ΄t watch the video…so no comment from my side.

  52. Kalini on September 15, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I agree that it’s already too easy to become a “pop star”. Even people who don’t have any talent become “celebrities”.
    We all remember how Princess Diana died. So I don’t need to write any comment about the paparazzi. There was a petition for Diana last year, but I do not know the result of the petition. There was one petition in California this year: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/432246467. The petitions don’t help. There has to be a law! KK.

  53. Raspberry on September 15, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Some stars only want publicity when it suits, like it is a tap that can be turned on and off. It can’t, so you have 2 choices, be a recluse and require no publicity ( Like Johnny Depp or yourselves who hardly hit the tabloids in the UK ) or be fame hungry and relish every camera flash .. there is no inbetween.

  54. alyeska39 on September 15, 2008 at 10:21 am

    I’ve seen your video, so I know what you’re referencing in that link, but I think you need to work on how the videos section works because the only video I can see on this site anymore is the interview/behind-the-scenes thing from the show opening, and I would like to be able to watch the other video again. Thanks.

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