Celebuzz recently posted some photos of Jennifer Lawrence on the set of Catching Fire, and as one of the Hunger Games editors for LeakyNews I went to post them here on the site but stopped myself at the last minute. I paused for a few reasons; the photos were clearly taken from some distance and are therefore most likely “pap shots”, Jennifer obviously didn’t know that they were being taken, Jennifer was also by her trailer in her downtime rather than on set working, they weren’t released by Lionsgate – once I’d considered all of these factors, the photos seemed intrusive and disrespectful rather than fuel for a simple update post.
As somebody deeply opposed to the way that the paparazzi invade the privacy of celebrities, sometimes even putting lives at risk in an attempt to sell a snapshot of someone’s personal life, photos like this make me uncomfortable. They’re not on the same level as shots taken of celebrities buying groceries or spending private time with their kids, but I still think that there’s something very unsettling about the way fan sites often readily accept and help to distribute photos taken without the consent of those involved. The alternative, however, would be that we rely only on the small amount of photos released directly by Lionsgate, staying silent while other sites post news and photos that keep fans far more up-to-date with the situation on set. These photos are going to keep appearing no matter how I feel about them personally, and fans or other staff members who feel differently about papped set photos might rightly feel that I’m imposing my own beliefs on the way we report news here at Leaky.
What do you think? Are set photos fair game, because actors and actresses are at work on a project that will soon be seen by millions? Does the fact that Jennifer was by her trailer rather than actually shooting change the way that we should view these photos? Let us know in the comments.