Kristen Bell Gets So Heated Defending Lincoln In This TV Fight With Paps That You’ll Wish She Was Your Mom

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell confronting paparazzi on Access Hollywood March 2014Let me start out by saying, I’m sure you have perfectly great parents. I’m sure they’re really nice and that they care about you a lot, and that you wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.

But I’m just trying to prepare you for the video you’re about to watch, because no matter how thrilled to pieces you are with your own childhood, you’re gonna have a pang (or at least some tinglies) at some point during this, where you wish Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard were your parents.

As you may be aware, since they had their daughter Lincoln, they’ve added their voices to  an anti-paparazzi campaign that other celebrities like Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner have been pushing. Basically they want photographers to stop taking photos of their kids, and to do that, they’re asking buyers to stop buying photos of celebrity kids. Their argument is that while they’ve become accustomed to having their pictures taken and sold by paparazzi because it’s part of the life and career path that they chose for themselves…their children never made that choice.

Kristen and Dax are so aware of the fact that Lincoln never agreed to have her photo plastered around that they never even post pictures of her on their own social media. But while they can control that, they can’t control paparazzi bombarding them in public or invading their privacy with telephoto lenses. And because Kristen and Dax are awesome, they want to do something about it.

And in this case, that means going on Access Hollywood and speaking to the owners of two photo agencies one on one, trying to stay calm as they make their points. But…this is their kid they’re talking about, so things get pretty heated and super emotional. I’m pretty sure Kristen is close to tears at one point, which is helped zero percent by one of the guys calling her ‘hysterical’. OMG.

I’m just…as intense as that was, it was also really great. It’s sad that it had to come about this way, but it’s really nice to see celebrities uniting in a common cause — making the world a safer, more humane place for their kids. Get it.

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    • Crusty Socks

      If she’s hysterical, then I guess she really is a bit of a Fixer Upper

    • Caleb

      Those guys were so patronizing

      • MellyG

        They really came off looking bad. I would have slapped them, so i admire the patience Kristen and Dax had.

    • whiteroses

      I see Bell and Shepard’s point completely. As a mom, I have a hard enough time when someone posts a picture of my kid on social media without my permission- and I’m not famous or particularly interesting, honestly.

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. They are celebrities. Their child is not. There’s a distinct difference there.

      • Emily A.

        Totally! I recently had to tell my kids that older kids on the bus shouldn’t take their picture. I can’t even fathom having to deal with the celeb situation.

    • jane

      The amount of love I have for Kristin Bell concerns me a little. Truly.

    • Daniela

      Those death stares from Kristen & Dax at the end were perfect.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I KNOW. Love them so much.

    • Catelynn

      I totally understand where they are coming from, but at the same time, I can’t help but feel a little but jaded. I’m a child welfare worker and everyday I work with kids who have gone through so much trauma and pain in their lives. The kids of celebrities are crazy privileged, I just cannot bring myself to feel bad for them when the kids I work with are in so much pain. That’s real struggle, and I would love for famous people to recognize that.

      • Elizabeth Aspen

        That’s really unfair of you. A child’s pain is a child’s pain – period. Doesn’t matter if they are rich or poor. Sure a LOT of kids go through way worse than having their picture taken, but kids can be traumatized in many different ways.

      • Catelynn

        If you saw on a daily basis what I do, you would think differently. I’m in the trenches everyday with these kids. I understand why the celebrity parents themselves are upset, but I just cannot bring myself to care all that much. Because no one cares about my kids, so I have to care twice as hard. I just wish people would get as worked up about the broken child welfare system as they do about this. I wish they would show my kids (especially my teens) as much kindness and concern and sympathy as rich white kids get.

      • JLH1986

        That’s still pretty crappy. I am a mental health counselor and I’ve worked with clients (who were rich and white) whose parents abused them and treated them like an accessory. Someone in pain is someone in pain. Certainly you should focus your energy on helping where you can, and that’s likely not photographing celebrity kids. But these are still scared kids. When Suri Cruise was called a bitch, was that ok just because she’s a rich white kid? No. you help where you can. Lower Socio economic minority kids with poor nuclear family is where your passion lies. Protecting kids who can’t protect themselves from grown adults pushing shoving and swearing at kids is theirs.

      • MellyG

        While some kids have it worse, isn’t it still a parent’s job to advocate for their child? So Kristen and Dax are doing what parents should, yes? And just because some child has it worse than theirs, does that mean they should stop trying to make life better for THEIR kid?

      • Jenni

        I feel like we can care about both issues, being on Team Kristen/Dax doesn’t mean we’re forgetting about less fortunate children. And Dax acknowledges this in his editorial on HuffPo
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dax-shepard/only-the-consumer-can-sto_b_4698061.html

        “”There are way more important things to boycott than your rich kid getting her picture taken.”
        I couldn’t agree more. This is very low on the list indeed. But, it is, nevertheless, on the list. We aren’t asking you to ignore a man on fire for this cause, but after you’ve helped extinguish him, there’s no reason you can’t whisper in his ear, “Hey, don’t buy Us Weekly. They display photos of children being stalked.”"

      • nikki753

        Catelynn, I’ve been thinking a lot about what you said. It is absolutely horrible that the kids you work with are suffering so greatly simply because of who they were born too and the situation they were born into. So, if you’re looking for more publicity for the plight, do what Kristen and Dax are and work for it. Fight for it.

        Regardless, just because other children are being abused still does not make it okay for these other children to lose their privacy because of their parents’ jobs. That’s like saying that because some people are quadriplegics you don’t feel at all bad for paraplegics. Just because one is worse doesn’t mean that the otehr doesn’t also suck.

        Thinking back to my childhood, there’s a lot of stuff I’m glad wasn’t photographed and shared with the world. Especially now as an adult when I’m hoping people will take me seriously. You think the paparazzi wouldn’t sell pictures of the most embarrassing parts of growing up and the tabloids wouldn’t say terrible things? When I peed my pants and cried about it at the library. “Mom neglects her so she wets her pants!” When really I was just so into what I was doing I waited too long. Or when I had a complete meltdown over seemingly nothing “Spoiled brat cries because mom won’t buy her a toy!” When really I was overstimulated and lacked the communication skills to say I needed to take a break. Or when I was still figuring out how to deal with pads and tampons and ended up with blood on my pants. “Fashion don’t! Gross!”

        Remember how mean everyone was about Chelsea Clinton? Add what the internet has become to that. The vicious, foul, things people say. For example, I’m not a fan of Rachel Canning but the things people are posting about her are out of line. Terrible, explicit things.

        Finally, we all know that money and privilege cannot buy happiness. Look at the great Britney Spears meltdown. Kurt Cobain. Chris Farley. Corey Monteith. Philip Seymour Hoffman. People who have money, talent, access, adoration and yet they are still clearly fighting personal demons.

      • guest555

        Yeah do what dax and Kristin do! Because access Hollywood will totally do a story on foster kids and their struggles!

      • Sandy

        Yeah be a sarcastic defeatist because that totally creates change for the better.

      • Abigail

        agreed! it’s not really a ‘trauma’ to be photographed as compared to what you deal with.

    • nikki753

      You’re right. I love that video. I have such a huge friend crush on them both and this completely reaffirms that. I also really liked how it showed their relationship. You could just tell that it’s these two united. Their body language towards each other is so nice.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Totally agreed! I was so jealous of it!

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      I’m totally on their side. However, while I have no idea what their current acting jobs are – unless one of them is on tv, and I think Dax may be (I don’t watch tv) – but if it was at all possible, they should move to another city in CA that isn’t filled with paparazzi. Sure it wouldn’t be fair for them to have to alter their lives because of these scumball photographers, but it might be the best move since the situation doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. LA is an absolutely horrible place to live and bring up a child.

      • JLH1986

        I don’t think that would help much anymore. Simply because celebrities are stalked EVERYWHERE. When Clooney and Gosling where in Cincinnati filming a couple of years ago (I worked downtown at the time) the clearly paid paps were in the middle of the streets trying to get photos. Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey visit often and it’s chaos in their neighborhood. Plus ALL of the celebrities can’t leave LA. Laws need to be changed or something like this needs to happen. One of these times someone’s kid is going to be hurt and it’s going to end badly for everyone involved.

      • Sundaydrive00

        They are both on tv shows that film in LA. Dax is on Parenthood and Kristen is on House of Lies.

      • nikki753

        Plus Kristen they have both been in a few movies recently and do guest spots so they both need to be there for work and it’s not a great idea to add in living elsewhere and commuting back and forth because that’s really hard on families.

    • nwgsmom

      I really liked Dax saying if they didn’t have an ethical problem with terrifying a child, they didn’t have ethics. My older son (3) gets easily overwhelmed and frightened with too many people around, I couldn’t imagine people pouncing on him everywhere we went to snap his picture he would be in constant fear. As to those below who said they should move to another city, you do realize that the paparazzi follow them EVERYwhere they go, no matter where they travel. And as to the idea that there are kids in other situations suffering more so celebrities should just accept that their kids are going to be treated this way, you are part of the problem. The whole point of this is that they are children and they are being taking advantage of, exposed, terrorized, and not given the freedom and privacy to grow up that ALL children deserve. You never know when one of these situations might escalate and someone might get hurt, and do you want to risk a child in that situation? I could quite easily live the rest of my life without seeing a celebrity’s child walking down the street/at the beach, if it meant those kids were getting the chance to grow up feeling safer.#nokidspolicy

    • Guest

      You realize that a large portion of the celebrity poplulation (including Jennifer Garner, but not Kirsten Bell) actually let the paps know where they are and what they are doing so they can get their photos in front of us? Go back and analyze how many times you saw the Affleck-Garner kids in pap photos (People, InTouch, etc) leading up to the Oscars the year when Ben Affleck was campaigning for Argo compared to this year when neither one of them were nominated for anything. Interesting isn’t it?

      In addition there are plenty of A list celebrities who manage to keep their kids out of the paps cameras by not living in LA. Julia Roberts comes to mind. When was the last time you saw a photo of her kids?

      Don’t want your kids photographed? Don’t put them on the red carpet with you at an event.

      • MellyG

        But i think a red carpet is different than picking up your kid from school, yes? I mean, a red carpet, everyone knows they are going to be photographed, you pose, you smile- – but when 20 photographers are hounding you at the daycare center, that has to be scary.

    • MellyG

      I love how he called her hysterical when she actually wasn’t at all. I think she stayed rather calm. But I guess a woman having an opinion is “hysterical” *rolls eyes*

      I think the two men that employ the paps came off looking like complete jerkoffs

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    • Elizabeth

      This makes me

    • Elizabeth

      This makes me want to buy a magazine with a picture of their kid more than ever!
      It is highly annoying listening to them whine and yell and paparazzi. In my mind it harms both of their careers. I don’t want to know their dumb thoughts or watch them do a terrible job trying to debate. I love Dax in “Parenthood’ and this ruins it for me. Her I never could watch again in anything and enjoy. They need to shut up. Live life. Take the negatives with the positives. They have fantastic lives and ‘waaaa’ about this topic. So annoying.

    • Abigail

      If I was either of their agents I’d tell them to shut up because I think this makes them less desirable for future employment. I was rooting for the photographers. I agree that they are delusional to think people won’t buy the magazines. This makes them want to but it more. This makes their kid even more sought after. Children photos also often help the celebrity. Garner and Afflecks kids always show up looking so sweet at playground and Jennifer buying peaches at the farmer’s market and then hubby wins an Oscar. It’s part of their ‘campaign’ of publicity and then they complain about it later. Most pap photos are arranged by the celebrities. As far as the whining about the kids, I couldn’t’ be less sympathetic. They have so much money and such easy and fun work. They won the jackpot of life so shut up. Really SHUT UP. Or you may lose it because you become very annoying doing what you’re doing. It’s not entertaining, smart, or good. It’s highly annoying.