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#NoKidsPolicy - Please Read!

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A message directly from Perez:

"This comes from my heart, after much thought.

You may have recently heard about the "#NoKidsPolicy", a movement spearheaded by several Hollywood stars asking media outlets to avoid using photos of the children of celebrities.

Some of you may be aware of Perezitos.com, my website dedicated to celebrity families, parenting and the beautiful blessings that are children.

Some of you may also be aware that I am humbled and honored to be the father to a one year old son.

The "#NoKidsPolicy" intersects my personal and professional worlds in a very complex way, and I've been thinking about how to best publicly address the movement for a while.

If you know me, you know I am a fierce youth advocate. I am a member of the board of directors of the Vh1 Save The Music foundation. I have been actively involved with GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, and have spoken to teens at their leadership conference multiple times. I have even written a children's book, "The Boy With Pink Hair", which to this day is the thing I have done professionally of which I am most proud.

I strongly support all legislation, some championed and initiated by celebs, that helps protect children.

And, quietly, I have instituted my own internal "Kids" policy over the last few months and changed my practices. However, I realize that now is the time to speak publicly and address where I stand on this important issue.

Last week, People magazine released their thoughts on the "#NoKidsPolicy". In many ways, they are the bar of the celebrity news industry and you either fall below it or you raise yourself up to it.

I am choosing to raise the bar and follow their lead!

I want to echo some of their points and explicitly state what my sites will and will not do going forward.

Henceforth, all of my five websites…

- Will NOT post even the most happy-looking "paparazzi" photos of the children of celebrities whose parents object to such photo practices
- WILL post photos of any children of celebs if their parents take them to a red carpet, fashion show, media event or something of the like where it is expected and understood they will be photographed
- Will NOT post any photos whatsoever of any children going to or leaving school
- WILL post photos of children that celebs post themselves on social media, photos of children whose parents include them on reality television or do not object to them being photographed by paparazzi at family outings. Many celebs "stage" these pictures and then sell them to paparazzi themselves. Countless do this, and there's no need to name names.

Additionally, I am instituting a policy internally and sharing it publicly in the hope others will follow. Henceforth, all of my sites will NOT post any photos of celebrities at funerals or going to pay their respects to someone.

After the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, paparazzi was camped outside the home of his longtime girlfriend and mother of his three kids. That just made an already painful time even more painful for her. To have to deal with photographers outside your apartment after their children's dad died - no one should have to endure that added suffering.

And it saddened me to see that so many mainstream media outlets ran photos of celebs, like Cate Blanchett and JustinTheroux, going to visit Hoffman's fiancee.

I did not run any of those photos. Nor did I run them when the same thing happened to Michelle Williams.

Hopefully other outlets can respect the feelings of HUMANS who happen to be famous when they are in times of mourning.

I'm not perfect. I'm not a saint. I have made many mistakes in the past. I continue to make them. I will make them in the future.

I'm trying to do better. My intentions are pure.

I started blogging 10 years ago, back in September of 2004, because I love pop culture and am fascinated by celebrities.

I love children.

I want to do my part to make things better for children.

I want to do my part to make things better for all of us.

I'm not trying to be Oprah.

I'm just trying to be the best Perez possible.

With the utmost sincerity,

Perez

P.S. I know this was long. Thank you for reading it all!"

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120 comments to “#NoKidsPolicy - Please Read!”

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  1. Lois says – reply to this


    101

    Proud of you!

  2. Fabiola says – reply to this


    102

    Aaaah, Felicidades!!!

  3. Steph says – reply to this


    103

    Way to go Perez ! :) Always been a fan of yours. Keep doing what's best for you ! So proud !



  4. 104

    Mongo is going to wonder where "this daddy" was while being fondled….



  5. 105

    Oh, and LOVE the adorable black baby. Good marketing on your part Mario. Way to think ahead of the curve.

  6. Erin says – reply to this


    106

    I have to agree. I am proud of what you have to post and will read and share your posts more now. Thank you for being so honest, caring, open, and And loving! It just goes to show that people in the media do have hearts and I appreciate your thoughtfulness and thinking about others emotional state. Your pretty awesome if you are ever hiring :)

  7. Real Zaina says – reply to this


    107

    i finger my asshole until i shit.

  8. Kanye For President . says – reply to this


    108

    i guess the goverment got your ass in check you fucking pedophile

  9. Perezilicious says – reply to this


    109

    Re: IhatePerez – if you hate perez, why are you all up in here. I mean, YOURE ALWAYS COMMENTING! For realz

  10. Ashley says – reply to this


    110

    Beautifully written.

  11. jusysaying says – reply to this


    111

    Now there needs to be a NoPostingUselessUntalentedCelebsPolicy! which would be the majority of hollywood

  12. MGK206 says – reply to this


    112

    Good for you! I really appreciate not only your sense of morals and ethics (over sensationalism and potential money-making opportunities), but the example that you are setting by making this very eloquent public statement about it. Always nice to see someone doing the right thing.



  13. 113

    funny, it seems that you have noticed only now that celebrities are human too and as such, they and their families deserve respect ….great, but now you must have the guts to go all the way keeping in mind the psychological damage that gossip on sensitive issues brings to all celebrities children. For example, gossip about sexuality: when gossip makers like you, label as gays any celebrities even those who are not gays, there ‘s a direct result that strikes the children of your targets, because they are consequently tormented by bullying at school: “your father is a f**king gay, it’s written on every tabloid and everyone says so”. Gossip without control is harmful in the same way, in our time Internet is often used as a media pillory without any empathy or compassion, nor awareness of the extensive damage arising from it.



  14. 114

    Could you be specific about the age limit of children in your policy, because although some celebrities are technically adults, eighteen and older, they are in reality kids. Could you please begin to use the terminology STI instead of STD. You can find information about these changes online. As well the CDC has agreed to use the term "condomless sex" rather than "unprotected sex". That decision can also be found online.

  15. Anonymous says – reply to this


    115

    Well said! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  16. Carmela van de Geyn says – reply to this


    116

    Congrats to those in your industry who have agreed to support Dax, Kirsten & all celebrities who are fighting to protect they're children. I love pictures of little kids in cute outfits or making funny faces however I am horrified how these photos are obtained. I stopped purchasing mags that were smut consumed & have only chosen ones that were legit. I will now promise to not purchase any mags that publish unauthorized photos of celeb children. I pray anyone reading this will vow to not purchase these types of magazines. I wish there was a petition floating around that I could sign. Good luck to celebs in having support from the public in this matter!

  17. Chelsea says – reply to this


    117

    Very proud of your decision, Perez.

  18. Veronica says – reply to this


    118

    Yes!!!!! :-)

  19. Shanice says – reply to this


    119

    I read lots of blogs; rarely moved to post a comment, but I give you much respect, sir, for your post. Much respect. God bless.

  20. tiffany says – reply to this


    120

    So sweet. I didn't know you had a son. I think this is amazing & love you for sharing, growing & inspiring others. xo

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