Paparazzi industry insiders say their industry' recession is only worsened by Britney Spears' decision to vacation in Puerto Vallarta. While unflattering photos that show her wearing a white-and-turquoise bikini that revealed her not-so-toned backside have appeared, they were all taken by Mexican paparazzi.
"It' outrageous that our jobs are being stolen by Mexican photographers who sell their pictures of Britney' flabby ass for just $5 each," said Andreas. "I can't compete with those low wages and still feed my family."
Celebrity media ethicists argued that while photo agencies may save money in the short-term, the layoffs are bad for the industry and democracy in the long-run.
"When you make such severe cuts in the paparazzi, you aren't prepared for the next potential crisis," Los Angeles Times media critic Tim Rutten wrote in a recent column. "I fear that our nation is now woefully underprepared for the possibility that one of the Olsen Twins cold come to visit from New York and puke her dinner in an alleyway, or get caught sniffing a few lines in a bathroom. What if we don't get those photos because the paparazzi is stretched too thin? These are frightening questions."
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