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By: Rick Blangiardi
The state Senate has temporarily taken leave of its
collective senses by approving by a 23-2 vote a bill that gives special
protection to celebrities who could sue anyone who record their image that
QUOTE "any reasonable person" UNQUOTE would find offensive.
Senate Bill 465, known as the "Steven Tyler
Act" after the Aerosmith lead singer, is a terrible piece of legislation
crafted by starstruck lawmakers who did not seem embarrassed in the least to
have their pictures taken with Tyler and Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood
on the Senate floor.
The bill is potentially unconstitutional and
unnecessary in that current law sufficiently helps those whose privacy has been
invaded with criminal and civil penalties for those who trespass on private
It is ironic that celebrities like Tyler and
Fleetwood whose careers were made on the backs of their fans want to have it
both ways. They still crave the publicity but they also want criminal and civil
penalties exacted when they believe their privacy has been invaded.
Hawaii News Now is
one of more than a dozen media organizations that opposed the Steven
Tyler Act in the Senate and we have put forth our same objections to the House
Hopefully, the House realizes that celebrities
should enjoy no more protection than the rest of us.