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As a senior journalism student at Pepperdine, with a passion for photography, I think it is a sad day when what was meant to be a community event is overshadowed by considering celebrities over the common citizen.

Journalists who were banned have the right to be upset, because these types of events are what community journalism is all about. Another consequence, probably not considered, is that the families who look forward to this event every year will no longer have nostalgic photos to look back on years from now.

Students from Pepperdine were also denied access to hone their videography skills in a real world situation, a crucial aspect of learning. This reiterates many students’ sentiment that they are intruding on the Malibu community, and not actually considered a part of it.

With the line between “professional” and “amateur” photographers being an extremely gray area, I can understand the sentiment of wanting to protect celebrities from intrusion. But the bottom line is, this is a public event, and celebrities should be prepared to be in the limelight. From the article in The Malibu Times, it seems that protection of celebrities was not the main objective. Instead, the driving force seems to be profit and greed on the side of the privately owned company that provides the amusement rides. This greed should not be tolerated by the Kiwanis Club, and they should seek an alternate amusement partner for next year’s event.

Blake Franks