VIDEO: Steven Tyler Act backed by Aerosmith rocker
Hawaii lawmakers are considering anti-paparazzi legislation. Want to see candid photos of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler in his home on Maui? Dream on. The legislation is named after the rocker who testified with sweet emotion at a Senate committee hearing. Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood joined Tyler to support the crazy proposal. If you don't wanna miss a thing, read the full transcript of testimony below.
"Hi, my name is Steven Tyler. I just recently purchased property on Maui. Being a personality, no matter where we go we get shot. It's part of the deal-io and it's okay. It kind of drives us crazy, but as my mom said, "You asked for it Steven." But when I'm in my own home and I'm taking a shower, or changing clothes or eating or spending Christmas with my children, and I see paparazzi a mile away at La Perouse shooting at me with lenses this long and then seeing that very picture in PEOPLE Magazine, it hurts. My kids don't want to go out with me.
This Christmas is one of the first times I got them all together at the house. It meant so much to me and they don't want to go out, because as soon as... I live on a fish reserve on Kihei Bay, and its protected by half a mile out from boats and it is protected on the other side. However, they still get in there and they shoot, so I had enough of it after seeing my picture and I thought if California laws said that if somebody comes in your house, you can get the police to come in and file a report on them.
But if they take a picture of you in your house, there's nothing you can do about it. And I like that about the California law and all I wanted to do was mirror that, so at least when I come here to write with other people, I don't hear from them, "No, I don't want to go to Maui, the paparazzi is all over us." Which did happen. So you know, it just kind of built up and when I spoke with Kalani English, Sen. Kalani English that there might be a way to get around this if I was vocal on this. I could talk to my lawyer Dina LaPolt about this that maybe we could do something about it, but I'm in. Because it's not just me, it is also when I leave the house they follow me downtown and they are shooting with one hand and driving with the other and they could hurt someone else on the island.
So it's a real simple deal here. Again, they can shoot me where it is public places, it is what they're there for, it's America, it's the laws I stand by. But when it gets private and in my own home, that's when I tend to feel like I want to be able to draw the line. And with your help, I hope this bill passes."
"So to me, being a resident of the islands it is really put me up to do something that really should have been done a long time ago, in my opinion. We both love these islands, the sense of the true meaning in my heart, as I consider myself a visitor to these islands. I always remind myself and people who work with me on the islands, that that's my duty to do and I'm learning as I go along. What is hampering that situation for me, for the islands, for Hawaii, is the sense of 'aloha' means to welcome people, and like Steven said we know who we are, and we love what we do and we're blessed to have blessed and cursed to some extent, but we accept that because that's our life and it's our pleasure more than often, very often.
I watched this gentle man being so available, only available, in his every day life. But to have it translate across a border to your privacy, your absolute reasonable privacy, it is abhorrent and it's not what these islands should stand for. In many words, that is just not acceptable. It's my absolute desire to support this bill and I'm hoping as we go forward I can see and hear a sense of this is a timely thing and that the overview is to bring aloha back, truly back."
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