By joining their respective professions, American actor George Clooney and Lebanese barrister Amal Clooney may have committed to living life under the public light. But with a sincere acknowledgment to the fact that paparazzi scrutiny comes with fame, the couple have recently requested the media to avoid publishing pictures of their children. Taking Amal Clooney’s profession as a human rights lawyer into consideration, the duo believe that exercising control over the media’s ability to publicly reveal their children’s faces will keep them safe from any underlying danger.
“The nature of my wife’s work has her confronting and putting on trial terrorist groups, and we take as much precaution as we can to keep our family safe,” explained the Gravity actor in an open letter. Amal Clooney’s job operates behind closed doors, where confrontations with extremist groups like ISIS and Yazidis are habitual, as she responds to cases of women in distress. Nevertheless, Clooney has profited from her fame by successfully drawing attention to such issues, shedding light on the harsh realities around the world.
“I am a public figure and accept the oftentimes intrusive photos as part of the price to pay for doing my job,” Clooney wrote in his candid letter. “Our children have made no such commitment. We have never sold a picture of our kids, we are not on social media and never post pictures because to do so would put their lives in jeopardy. Not paranoid jeopardy but real world issues, with real world consequences.”
The letter was directed towards tabloids after the Academy Award-winning star found photos of American actress Billie Lourd’s one-year-old daughter published online. George Clooney previously also confronted a publication after a false story was released about his wife’s brother, Baria Alamuddin, and hopes that their wishes are respected and followed henceforth. “We hope that you would agree that the need to sell advertisement isn’t greater than the need to keep innocent children from being targeted,” Clooney concluded.