Piccadilly Pulse: Is press intrusion part of being a celebrity?

By Kevin McHugh

With the Leveson inquiry filling up more column inches than most other issues at the moment, the tabloid press are under the kind of scrutiny they are renowned for subjecting others to.

But is that really what we want?

Only the really insensitive would consider the NoW’s hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone acceptable, but this may just be an extreme case of an organisation’s loss of perspective.

Celebrity news and pictures prove time and time again to be the most popular articles, yet many of these stories involve levels of press intrusion most of us would find unacceptable.

But the public have shown an insatiable appetite for celebrities and ultimately it is us who make them what they are.


Is press intrusion part of being a celebrity?



Collette, 29, Moston, unemployed

“I think the press should just leave them alone in all honesty. Just back off.”

 Michelle, 30, Partington, care worker

“They over publicise some people. They write about insignificant things.”

Sarah, 23, Whalley Range, unemployed

“I think that they should accept that it’s going to happen, but certain areas should be left alone.”

John, 28, Reddish, plumber

“Part of being famous is that people want to know what you are doing, but phone hacking is a bit extreme.”

Glennis, 61, Mold, cook

“If they want our money our money and want us reading about them then they should accept it.”


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