On Monday, with Diana's weekend funeral marking a sort of closure on the story, the gloves were off and the shutterbugs were fighting back.
In Hollywood, they pinned a banner ("We also mourn the death of Princess Diana. We are not paparazzi, we were invited to be here.") above the red-carpet entrance to the gala premiere of the new Michael Douglas-Sean Penn movie, The Game. Some members of the flashbulb set scuffled with security guards who ripped down the protest marker, an L.A. TV station reported. No arrests were made.
And in Rome, at a ceremony marking the groundbreaking of a new Planet Hollywood, photographers boycotted--and then booed--Sylvester Stallone.
Arriving at the event, the Cop Land star turned to wave at the cordoned-off members of the press corps--offering up the typical photo-op. But the photographers didn't wave back. Instead, they held their cameras in the air in protest. There were heckles and shouts of "Fool, fool." One photog carried a sign, reading: "We are photographers, not assassins." Stallone, who last week likened the paparazzi to "birds who sit on tombstones," quickly exited the scene.
The Fourth Estate may be getting in some licks right now, but their celebrity prey aren't backing down from the harsh words leveled at the tabloid media in the wake of Di's death. Rosie O'Donnell kicked off her show's new season Monday, in part, by asking viewers to boycott the supermarket tabs.
If you "need to read them," advised O'Donnell, whose private life has been popular tab fodder for a year now, go the cheapo route: Breeze through them in the store, and then put them back in the racks.
Said Rosie: "The only way to speak to them is through money."