Jennifer Garner has joined Halle Berry in her quest to protect celebrity children from the prying lenses of paparazzi.
The two women testified before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in Sacramento in Tuesday in support of a bill that would protect their children completely.
“We’re moms here who are just trying to protect our children. These are little innocent children who didn’t ask to be celebrities. They didn’t ask to be thrown into this game and they don’t have the wherewithal to process what’s happening. We don’t have a law in place to protect them from this,” said Berry, who appeared alone before the court earlier this year alone. She then handed the microphone to Garner and added, “I want you to hear that it’s not just me.”
The 41-year-old actress fought tears while giving legislators a play-by-play account of life as a celebrity who is constantly persecuted by the paparazzi.
“I chose a public life and understand that this means sacrifices in terms of privacy for our jobs,” the actress said. “In my case this means that I am sometimes photographed. However my three children are private citizens and more than that — at one, four and seven-years-old — they’re just little kids…My 17-month-old baby is terrified and cries. My four-year-old says, ‘Why do these men never smile? Why do they never go away? Why are they always with us?'”
She continued, “And what, God forbid, does this culture of stalking children create? What message does it send to say my children may be targeted and hounded by any means necessary without limits and that my husband and I can do nothing to protect them?”
Garner, who has three children with Ben Affleck — daughters Violet and Seraphina and son Samuel — was a pivotal part of getting the measure out of the Judiciary Committee and sent for review before the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
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