George Clooney Makes Emotional Plea For Media To Leave His Kids Alone

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If you’re an A-list celebrity, you might be used to all the paparazzi trying to snag a few photos of you as you head into a restaurant for dinner or even if you’re just taking a stroll down street. But what happens when they start to harass your very own children?

Everyone knows who George Clooney is—an award-winning Hollywood actor, filmmaker, director, the list goes on and on. But not everyone knows his kids, and he wants to keep it that way. One of his biggest fears is having his kids photos published in various media outlets, which is something he himself may have signed up for, but that’s not what his kids should ever experience.

George and Amal Clooney, who works as a human rights lawyer, share 4-year-old twins, son Alexander and daughter Ella. And he really doesn’t want their photos to just randomly show up in the media, the way his might. And he finally decided to take action to do something about it to ensure that doesn’t happen.

The last straw for George was seeing pictures of actor Billie Lourd’s 1-year-old son on the U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail. Though the photos were since removed, George issued an open letter to the publication to stop printing photos of the kids of celebrities—and it really hits on all the emotions.

Here’s the letter below:

Having just seen photos of Billie Lourd’s 1 year-old baby in your publication, and the fact that you subsequently took those pictures down, we would request that you refrain from putting our children’s faces in your publication. I am a public figure and accept the oftentimes intrusive photos as part of the price to pay for doing my job. Our children have made no such commitment. The nature of my wife’s work has her confronting and putting on trial terrorist groups and we take as much precaution as we can to keep our family safe. We cannot protect our children if any publication puts their faces on their cover. We have never sold a picture of our kids, we are not on social media and never post pictures because to do so would put their lives in jeopardy. Not paranoid jeopardy but real world issues, with real world consequences.

We hope that you would agree that the need to sell advertisement isn’t greater than the need to keep innocent children from being targeted.

Thank you, George Clooney

We think he makes some good points. What do you think—will publications stop publishing photos of celebrity’s kids? How do you feel about what he wrote in the letter?