In an impassioned Instagram comment, Blake Lively made it clear she wants to protect her daughters' privacy.
Blake Lively went full Mama Bear over the weekend, and for an extremely valid (and upsetting) reason. On Friday, she took to Instagram to share an impassioned plea to The Daily Mail Australia for allegedly stalking, harassing, and frightening her and her three young children just to snap photos for the publication.
In the published photos, Lively is seen walking with her three daughters, James, 6, Inez, 4, and Betty, 21 months and waving to the cameras. In a comment she wrote under those photos on the official account for The Daily Mail Australia, she made it clear that those photos aren't capturing the real story of how the paparazzi obtained the photos, nor did it capture her real emotions.
The entire post, including Lively's comment, has since been deleted—but not before the account Comments By Celebs snapped a screenshot to share.
"You edit together these images together to look like I'm happily waving. But that is deceitful," Lively wrote. "The real story is: My children were being stalked by men all day. Jumping out. And then hiding."
"A stranger on the street got into words with them because it was so upsetting for her to see," Lively continued, saying she attempted to "calmly approach" that photographer, who "would run away" before re-appearing to "jump out again at the next block."
It's an extremely stressful scenario to imagine. And it's important to remember that just because Lively and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, are famous—their children didn't choose to be. Publishing unsanctioned photos of those kids is not only immoral, but it denies those innocent kids their agency. It's no wonder Lively is upset; any mother's instincts would be on high alert after something like this.
"Where is your morality here?" she asked. "I would like to know. Or do you simply not care about the safety of children? Please stop paying grown a** men to hide and hunt children. C'mon. Get with the times."
After Comments By Celebs shared her words, Lively thanked them for the support. She also explained how everyone can play a part in making sure children of celebrities aren't harassed like this for photos anymore.
"One simple thing people can do is stop following and block any publications or handles who publish kid's pictures," she said. "Feel free to report them. Or send a dm sharing why you don't follow them. But it's a simple way of only aligning with publications who have morality. And so many do. All are trying to service an audience. So if that audience makes it clear they don't want something —like photos of children obtained by men frightening and stalking them— the publication or account will do what the audience wants. It's the only way that so many have already stopped. Because the people demanded it."
It's one thing when celebrity parents give consent for their children to be photographed, like when Reynolds was receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (see above) and he and Lively had their children join them. It's an entirely different—and traumatizing—experience when photographers are harassing an innocent family and small children without consent.
Bravo to Lively for standing her ground and showing the world she won't stand for anyone violating her children's privacy.
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