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Hilary Duff Admits She Felt a 'Responsibility' to Confront Paparazzi

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By Nic Morales

Last weekend, Hilary Duff took to her 15 million followers on Instagram to share a recorded confrontation she was involved in with a paparazzo during her seven-year-old son's football game, PopCulture reports . During an episode of The Talk on Friday, Duff admitted she felt she had a "responsibility" to defend all of the children participating in the game.

Just posted a week ago, there's already a stacked viewership of over 22 million. Regardless of fan and celebrity friend opinion, many had a lot to say.

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Duff reported to People, that she just wanted this guy to leave. She said, "I feel like since I bring the paparazzi there, it's my responsibility to be like, 'Hey, give space,' or 'Back off, you got some shots. Leave,'"

The Lizzie McGuire star explains it's not just her darling she's concerned for, all the other babies out there needed her then too. "This wasn't cool with me and that's my opinion that it's wrong. Whatever universe that I'm in I'm gonna protect my kids — and the other kids."

Friends and Fans React

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The mom of two's Instagram post reads, "Paparazzi shooting KIDS Go “practice” your photography on ADULTS! Creep! Laws need to change! This is stalking minors! Disgusting!"

One Instagram user comments in Duff's support, "See the point is to not violate someone's privacy. If he wanted to practice his photography, he could've asked if it was okay to do it there. That's respectful. No one should take anyone's picture without their permission and if someone says they're uncomfortable with it, it needs to be respected."

Hilary Duff and son.
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But not everyone reacted from the same angle. Many people showed support, including fellow celebrity, Shameless star, Emmy Rossum, who wrote, "Children should be protected under the law,"

Others, however, commented from the viewpoint of being in the photography business. One user came forward with both his thoughts on the video and the paparazzo's actions, as well as posed questions to stir the pot.

They wrote, "So, with today's technology, everyone at the game with a mobile device was probably taking pictures. It is a fact of life in today's world,"

Hilary Duff and family out in public.
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"As a photographer myself, I understand the fear of 'why is he making pictures of children he's not related to?'. I have deleted images of kids when asked by a parent, but only out of courtesy as to not reflect badly on other photographers. There is a possibility that some relatives attending the game are perverts."

"Don't let the potential of perverts take away the right for this man to take pictures. Oh, and consider this, if the photographer had been female and white Hilary wouldn't probably have said anything."

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