• Tue, Feb 25 - 4:38 pm ET

People Says They’re Going To Stop Exploiting Famous Kids, But Don’t Hold Your Breath

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Have we seen the last candid shots of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s gaggle of beautiful babies? Is Suri Cruise finally going to catch a break and get out of the tabloids? Probably not. But there’s a chance.

People released a statement this morning in which they claim that the magazine is joining the good fight against exploiting celebrities’ children. According to editorial director Jess Cagle,

The editors at PEOPLE have always been careful when dealing with photos of kids, but in the past few months our sensitivity has been significantly heightened, and our editorial practices have changed accordingly. When I took over as Editorial Director of PEOPLE in January, I told our staff that PEOPLE would not publish photos of celebs’ kids taken against their parents’ wishes, in print or online.

My initial reaction is, obviously, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Jezebel points out that People‘s website has an entire section full of pictures of celebrities with their children. On top of that, Cagle adds that this new policy only applies to certain situations, saying that “there may be rare exceptions based on the newsworthiness of photos.” Basically, if posting a photo of a kid without the parents’ consent is, like, really super important for site traffic, they’ll be forced to do it. Okay.

On the other hand, though, it’s nice to see that big name publications are making some effort towards improving the way they handle underage fame. Even if this is a publicity stunt and they have no intention of honoring their promises, it’s at least starting an important conversation about how we treat kids in the public eye. I just saw a headline that calls Katie Holmes “Suri’s mom.” That’s partially adorable and partially an example of how weird it is that we commodify children.

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Whether or not you agree with Kim Kardashian‘s choice to Instagram the hell out of North West, that’s her choice, and no magazine has the right to force anyone else to make a similar one. It’s really disturbing that paparazzi photos of children are even a thing to begin with, and I agree that it’s definitely time for them to stop being published. Whether or not People follows through with their new promise, I plan to honor my commitment to ignoring those kinds of invasive photos and calling bullshit on anyone who contributes to their popularity.

Via People / Photos: Star, Google News

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it..

  • Benita

    I realize that it is a celebrity’s right to exploit their children as they see fit but to me, it’s just as bad as when the tabloids do it. Maybe a wee bit worse.

  • Kaitlin Reilly

    The documentary $ellebrity did a good job at highlighting this issue. Celeb kids are adorable but I’d rather know that they are comfortable being photographed

  • Porkchop

    But if they don’t stop terrorizing Jennifer Garner, how are they going to get the exclusive when she leaves Ben Affleck?

    Also, and I know I’m basically alone here, but pictures of children are boring. Unless I know them. Sometimes even then.