I didn’t have a chance to check on the site till just now, and was happy to see a furious debate brewing in the comments section over photos and a video of Natalie and Benjamin at the Arclight. I use the word “happy” because I really do enjoy a spirited debate, and the topic of where the lines should be drawn between fan and celebrity is always very interesting.
Personally, I didn’t find this appearance particularly distasteful. This is because I’ve seen much worse and because I didn’t experience the event. I see a couple racing to catch a movie and some annoyance at being captured by the paparazzi.
If you felt differently when viewing them, that is completely valid. If you wish candid photos had no place on this site, that is also a totally respectful stance. But we run this site for her fans, and every time we have tested the water on this, you guys have made it clear – you want candids. Even Aleph photos, which I personally wouldn’t choose to have on the site, the majority made that call.
Ultimately, I think it’s good that we see sets like this, which make us feel uncomfortable. As fans we SHOULD be reminded that Natalie, and other celebs, are harassed by photographers on a daily basis. As Rachel mentioned, smiling candid shots when she doesn’t know she’s being photographed are, if anything, even more morally questionable.
So please, by all means keep the discussion going. Don’t attack fellow Natalie fans, but feel free to express your feelings on a very important subject.