Paparazzi is sad reality of press freedom, but not true problem
The China Post news staffLocal media reported yesterday that French director Luc Besson is mulling whether to cut short his filming of “Lucy,” an action thriller starring Scarlett Johansson, in Taipei because of intrusions by paparazzi, including their hounding of Besson, his cast and crew during the filming process and their shooting footage of Besson's team working on various scenes.
October 29, 2013, 12:22 am TWN
Frequent readers of this column, in which The China Post's editorial board has on numerous occasions criticized the low quality of local news reports, might expect another tirade on Taiwan's Chinese-language media. In this instance, however, closer scrutiny is needed to put Taiwanese paparazzi “intrusions” in context.
According to the media reports, Besson was frustrated in part because repeated “malicious provocations and clashing” by and with paparazzi caused “serious delays in the filming process.” Yet several days ago, the media reported that Scarlett Johansson, the leading star of the movie, was seen shopping on Yongkang Street and in Taipei's East District because filming was ahead of schedule.
Judging from the best source of evidences on paparazzi “intrusions” — i.e., tabloid reports — Taiwanese gossip-hunters have been quite unsuccessful in light of both their track records as well as “international standards.” They failed to follow Johansson in her shopping escapades or to report (or even to make up) any gossip-worthy news other than a few photos from the filming set. Of course, that was the result not of a newfound sense of journalistic integrity but of the Besson team's skillfulness in fending them off.