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Beyonce battles press over photographs May 22, 2013

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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Beyonce had a decent Superbowl halftime show in 2013, but she was less than enthusiastic about many of the photographs of the event. BuzzFeed released “The 33 Fiercest Moments from Beyonce’s Halftime Show,” and many other outlets showed the images of the singer in embarrassing positions. In a surprising move, the singer’s publicist asked BuzzFeed and others to remove some of the photographs, and limited pics of all future events to those who registered with the performer.

As it turns out, many news organizations are protesting what they consider to be a ban of photographers at Beyonce’s shows. The general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, for instance, recently wrote:

“We believe that removing the ban will help, not harm, your client’s image in the long run. Ending the ban is more likely to result in publication of fair, objective and mutually beneficial photographs that serve your interests and ours… We believe such action would be seen as a good-faith effort on behalf of your client to support a free and independent press.”

It is currently unclear whether Beyonce will backtrack on her “ban,” but she has proven that celebrities can gain better control over their images.

For more on Beyonce’s mission to limit embarrassing pics online, see the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  Are stars like Beyonce really hurt by embarrassing photos of their shows? Why, or why not?

2.  Did Beyonce’s ban on pics from unapproved photographers really work? Why, or why not?

3.  Should Beyonce lift the ban?



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