Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 00:58:35 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Princess Diana is dead. I can't believe it.
David Shulman told me about his research into "paparazzi" (and
"paparazzo"). The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology is correct:
PAPARAZZO n., pl. PAPARAZZI, aggressive photographer who pursues celebrities.
1961, American English, borrowing of Italian _paparazzo_, in allusion to the
surname of a free-lance photographer in the Italian motion picture _La Dolce
Last summer, when I was in the British Isles, I came across "videorazzi"
in the London Times and waited for it to cross the pond. I don't have Nexis
now to check if "stalkerazzi" came first and to compare it with other "-azzi"
citations. "-azzi" is becoming to the media what "-gate" is to political
This is from the Sunday Times (London), Style, Section 9, 18 August
1996, pg. 1 (photo of Princess Diana with her hand approaching a camera
If Diana hates the
until she meets
(Continued on pages 10-11)
The royals are fighting back against the ever-intrusive paparazzi. But
there's a new, even greater threat that's just arrived from Hollywood--the
videorazzi, right (photo--ed.)
CHRISTOPHER GODWIN reports
The paparazzi have gone too far and are being firmly put in their place.
Last week, the Princess of Wales obtained an injunction banning Martin
Stenning from coming within 300m of her. It was Stenning whose motorbike
beys Diana removed last month in order to stop him from following her. And
the Queen, too, has made her feelings known by taking legal action against
five freelance paparazzi in Scotland to stop them bothering the family while
they holiday at Balmoral.
As if they didn't already have enough of a fight on their hands, there
is a new threat on its way. In fact, it's already arrived, fresh from
America--the videorazzi, already the scourge of Hollywood. These new attack
dogs of the celebrity press corps are so aggressive and ruthless that even
some old-time paparazzi disown them.
The videorazzi earn their pieces of silver by flogging unflattering
videotape footage of stars caught cheating, in flagrante, drunk, drugged,
even dead, to the tabloid American television shows such as Hard Copy, Inside
Edition and American Journal--the wallpaper of the early-evening airwaves.
Their sworn enemies: the very stars from whom they earn their lucre.
To most celebrities, who enjoy the enormous benefits that their fame and
wealth bring them, the occasional intrusions of the videorazzi--who, after
all, are only pandering to a voracious appetite for celebrity material that
the stars, the studios and their publicists are already feeding--are a
necessary evil. Others, however, feel threatened and overwhelmed by the
depredations of the videorazzi (or the "stalkerazzi" or "scumerazzi" as some
stars prefer to call them), who are becoming increasingly aggressive and
ruthless to get the shots they want.