Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler testifies in front of Hawaii's Senate Judiciary Committee about the ‘Steven Tyler Act,’ which seeks to protect the privacy of celebrities from paparazzi when they visit the islands in Honolulu, Hawaii (REUTERS/Marco Garcia)
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler testifies in front of Hawaii's Senate Judiciary Committee about the ‘Steven Tyler Act,’ which seeks to protect the privacy of celebrities from paparazzi when they visit the islands in Honolulu, Hawaii (REUTERS/Marco Garcia)

The New York Times editorial page is not impressed with the “Steven Tyler Act,” an anti-paparazzi bill currently being considered by lawmakers in Hawaii. Calling it a “boneheaded measure,” the Times seems to believe the bill giving celebrities the right to sue paparazzi and collect damages is unnecessary and could have a “chilling effect” on legitimate news-gatherers. The bill is named for the Aerosmith singer, who recently bought a house on Hawaii, and has the support of drummers Mick Fleetwood and Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, comedian Margaret Cho, and singer Neil Diamond.

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