¡Estamos embriagados de amor aquí! A nuestros fans y amigos en el mundo, gracias por sus plegarias y buenos deseos en estos momentos de nuestra vida. Carey es un natural, (sabía que lo sería) y finalmente entendí lo que el verdadero amor significa. No se preocupen, aún no estoy escribiendo un álbum de canciones de cuna. Aún no, ok?
A fin de dejarlo todo en claro: (Y PORQUE YO DIGO LAS COSAS COMO LAS VEO)
Debido a las actitudes agresivas, poco seguras de los paparazzi que tratan de hacer la primera foto de nuestra hija - acechándonos, persiguiéndonos en los autos, y sentándose afuera de nuestra casa día y noche, como nuevos padres Carey y yo decidimos dar a conocer personalmente las fotos de nuestra Willow, y donar el dinero a una caridad.
Donaremos el dinero a instituciones enfocadas a ayudar a los niños, entre ellas a una de nuestras organizaciones favoritas, la Ronald McDonald House, que alberga y cuida familias de niños enfermos para que estén juntos durante el tratamiento, así como a Autism Speaks.
Como cualquier pareja de padres, creemos que nuestra pequeña tiene el derecho de tener privacidad y ser protegida, pero desafortunadamente este clima mediático no nos lo está permitiendo. Me siento tan agradecida que tras tantos años de trabajo duro, la música y el motociclismo nos hayan llevado a Carey y a mi a un sitio en donde el ojo público nos ha apoyado y formado parte de nuestro estilo de vida. Reconocemos que las celebridades tienen sus momentos altos y bajoy hacemos lo mejor que podemos para comportarnos como personas normales, sin pensar en contratar estilistas o guardaespaldas para salir a comprar la leche. He visto algunas fotos de mi misma que me han hecho sonreir, y otras que no me han hecho sonreir tanto. Pero verán, una cosa es que nos persigan a nosotros, los adultos, las celebridades que eligieron esto para sus vidas; que a los niños, que deberían estar protegidos y seguros. Debería haber una clara distinción entre ambos.
In EVERY other country that I recall, children's faces are blurred out in magazine photos. Why is USA the only country that continues to financially incentivize intrusive paparazzi behavior to capitalize on photos of babies, infants and children? Why is this acceptable to any of us? Why is this even legal? These are questions I ask myself as a new parent. Why are celebrities/public figures having to seek restraining orders to keep strange grown men with still and video cameras from sitting perched outside of their children's pre-schools and elementary schools, preying on little innocent kids? After all, if a stranger was sitting outside of a school taking photographs of random little girls and boys, wouldn't he be arrested? Or, at least in Philadelphia, he would have to face a more primal sort of recourse. But because it's the child of a celebrity, somehow it's okay? I'm just not sure what is wrong with us as a society, that we do more than tolerate this, but our appetite for it seems insatiable. We buy these pictures. We buy these magazines that publish these paparazzi pictures. WHERE DOES IT STOP?
Here's the bottom line: we don't want you to take our little girl's picture. We don't want you to one day follow our little girl home from school. We don't want our little girl's picture in a magazine or on a blog. If you take or publish her picture, it is against our wishes, and without our consent as parents, as people.
Carey and I are new parents. We know we have so much to learn in our new role and are thankful for the family and friends around us. Not a day goes by that we are not grateful to the universe and to our fans and friends who believe in us--and to our foes, too (our best teachers)--for the incredibly interesting privileged lives we get to live each day. But this is about our daughter who just got here. In the face of camera lenses as long as my arm and flashbulbs as bright as the sun, Willow is powerless. All she has to protect her is us. But that's not all she has; she has you.
To anyone out there that buys a magazine, or goes onto a website to look at pictures of other people's children, may you at least think for a second about what you may inadvertently be supporting. We are so appreciative that people are interested in seeing our daughter. We WANT to share our joys with you, but as parents (and new parents), we should be able to govern these decisions, shouldn't we? And to be clear, I'm speaking directly to these "stolen" photographs--paparazzi photos.
So when you see our middle fingers up in all of our pictures, now you know the motivation. It's all we can do to stop images of a newborn baby from being printed without our consent. Can you imagine a world where they would blur out our middle finger to protect a "consumer" over blurring out an innocent child to protect their integrity and privacy?
Thank you for letting me say my piece. Do I expect this letter to change the world? No. But if it plants a seed of awareness, if a politician or an activist or a legislator or a teacher or police officer is prompted to even think about it--let alone engage, I have done my part on behalf of my daughter. Not surprising that lesson one from me to my daughter is to let one's voice be heard.
I've never shied away from a controversial opinion because of the fear of bad press. My music and my fans and I connect year after year because I talk TO them and, man, do they so beautifully talk TO me. This is such a meaningful dialogue in my life. To all of my friends out there, I love you and I appreciate your help with this, and this happy little family cannot wait to visit your countries again and play music and rejoice in all the beauty that we share and have shared together all over the world.
We'll call it a playdate!!!!! XoxoxoxoxooxoxoxLove,
P.S. baby poop really isn't as bad as all the guys out there think. Careys' already been pooed on, and he's still breathing. Ahhhhh, ain't love grand?