Hilary Duff shares video of her confrontation with an aggressive photographer
Hilary Duff, like most women, have had moments of concern and fright when you walk down the street/hall/road/alley/dormitory/anywhere and feel a little bit afraid. Never felt like that? Well then, thank God.
Hilary Duff posted a very concerning, very frightening story on her Instagram over the weekend. “This guy has been at my son’s soccer game this morning then followed me to my sister’s house and was basically parked in her driveway to get photos,” Duff writes. “Followed me to run errands. I politely asked him to let me be and he continues to follow and stalk me down like pray for hours now. This is not ok.”
As a woman, to not have to walk down the street or jog early in the morning or let your dog out at night and have to scan the general area around you is a gift. It’s frightening and a shame that a pregnant woman would have to feel as though she was unsafe just going about her day and trying to live her life.
Duff is due with her second child, a baby girl, any day now. Being pregnant makes feel extra vulnerable because you are extra vulnerable.
“I am 9 months pregnant. When people say that’s what you get for signing up to be a celebrity it honestly makes me sick,” she continues. “This is every day of every month and it’s simply not ok. If a non “celeb” (I’m sorry to use that word) was dealing with this the law would be involved.”
And Duff’s right. Celebrities seem to get the “well, you’re a public figure so you deserve it,” mentality from the public — which is honestly insane. While sure, there are some celebrities who bask in the spotlight and let paparazzi know where they’re going to be and when, there are plenty who don’t. And a pregnant mom just trying to show up to her son’s soccer game and run errands shouldn’t have to tell an aggressive photographer multiple times to leave her alone.
In the video, she’s very composed and polite during the confrontation. “I’m nine months pregnant, and I have the flu, and I’ve asked you once to leave me alone. Can you please stop taking my picture? You’re like, hunting me down.”
This is never, ever, ok — ever — to follow a woman, man, child — and especially a pregnant woman, to ever make anyone feel unsafe.