Steven Tyler Act Passes in Hawaii Senate, Seeks to Protect Stars
A new measure that protects celebrities against the paparazzi has passed through the Hawaii state legislature and it’s all thanks to Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
The senate passed a bill yesterday that makes it a civil violation for folks to take unwanted pictures and videos of others in their private moments.
Tyler – who owns a Maui home – asked Sen. Kalani English to sponsor such a law and testified before the Senate earlier this year in support of it.
The issue became personal for the 64-year-old rocker in December after photos of him and his family were published in a national magazine.
Sam Slom, the Senator’s sole Republican, objected to the legislation, however, saying Hawaii already protects its citizens and this proposal violates First Amendment rights.
“My final remarks to Steven Tyler as he sang so eloquently are, ‘Dream on, dream on,’” Slom joked.
Okay, that’s pretty good.
Other celebrities who support the bill include Britney Spears, Mick Fleetwood and the Osborne family.