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Hilary Duff Doesn't Call the Cops When Creepy Photographers Lurk

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By Drew Moyer

Hilary Duff is receiving props from fans and moms alike after the singer and Lizzie McGuire star put an alleged paparazzi photographer on blast. As the video shared on Instagram starts rolling, you can see Duff walking hastily towards the unknown man who is photographing seven-year-old children playing football. The uneasiness grows as viewers pointed out that the stranger was standing far away from other parents at the game. As Duff verbally confronts the photographer, the man does not initially identify himself as paparazzi, nor did he know any of the children on the field.

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Duff claims she saw the photographer earlier in the day taking pictures of children in the park and assumed it was the typical type of paparazzi exposure that she’s grown accustomed to in her day-to-day life. This man was different: the child photographer never identified his name, and more importantly, he never identified the organization that he was hired by or contributing towards. All hell broke loose after it was confirmed that the children were being photographed without consent from the parents at the game.

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“Who are you here with? Do you know any people on the team? Can you stop taking pictures of the kids please?” Duff says. The child photographer responds by claiming, “It’s legal.” Duff continues, “It’s making me feel really uncomfortable. I’m not asking for your ID. I’m asking you to stop taking pictures of our 7-year-old children if you don’t know anyone that’s here.” The child photographer reiterates again that the phots are in fact legal. “I’m asking you human to human, as a mother, if you don’t know anyone here, can you please stop taking pictures of our children playing football this morning.” The child photographer then explains that he’s simply ‘practicing photography.’ Duff finalizes the confrontation by threatening to post the video of the creeper online if he doesn’t leave the game. In the last few frames of the video, you can see the unknown man attempting to block duffs camera with his hand.

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The children on the field may not have been celebrities but this story strikes just days after Millie Bobby Brown’s 16th birthday where she put the paparazzi in the spotlight for their treatment of children. In her video montage, Brown raised arms against the “…inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults…” that children in the media face. Similarly, Justin Bieber recently broke down in an interview with Zane Lowe when talking about Billie Eilish who recently turned 18 in December. “I just want to protect her, I don’t want her to go through what I went through,” regarding harassment by the media.

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From Duff’s seven-year-old children, to Brown’s 16th birthday montage, and even Bieber’s emotional call of support for Eilish, it’s clear that life as a celebrity isn’t always the glitz and the glam that social media or news outlets like to sell. Everyday people are subject to the similar type of harassment that Duff experienced during her children’s football game. The star’s bravery and tenacity to call out the creepy photographer and share it to millions of followers online, whether it be paparazzi or not, is something that most people can relate to and embrace.

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