Sarah Jessica Parker has become the latest celebrity to exchange words with the hounding paparazzi -- but this time, the pleas of a celebrity actually worked.
While walking with her son, James Wilkie, in New York on Tuesday, Parker, frankly yet politely, asked the surrounding photogs, "Could you please not take pictures of me and my child?" Remarkably, Parker's request was granted and the paparazzi, heads down, quietly walked away.
While SJP demonstrated a reserved way of getting the paparazzi to leave her alone, other celebs have chosen to use the more volatile Sean Penn method.
Wednesday photographer Anthony Goodrich filed a police report alleging that Bruce Willis assaulted him by smashing his camera into his face while the star entered West Hollywood restaurant Koi. A spokesman for Willis denied the allegations, saying that at no time did Willis "hit, push or hurt" a photographer.
In April, Jude Law chose to flex his Hollywood muscle on an intrusive photographer, when he caught the cameraman filming him, his ex-wife Sadie Frost and their three kids in LA. Law bitch-slapped the photographer's camera before lashing out: "You don't film my f***ing children!"
Even shutterbug queen Lindsay Lohan has a breaking point. Earlier this week, the teen sensation screamed at photogs when they wouldn't stop snapping pics of her and her friends through the glass window of a NY restaurant.
With paparazzi being part of the Hollywood game, other publicity-prone celebs - knowing which side their bread is buttered - have actually chosen to embrace the photographers.
In May, everyone's favorite "Ghost Whisperer" Jennifer Love Hewitt came to the aid of a fallen photographer by asking for a hug before remarking "You have to be careful."
Tuesday night, Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis showed up to Hollywood hotspot Hyde bearing hats for all the waiting paparazzi. Probably not the worst way to get on their good side.
Even Paris Hilton - who could single-handedly employ a nation of paparazzi - kept a calm and cool composure signing autographs as fans (young and old alike) and photographers swarned her SUV in New York on Tuesday.
While it's clear that handling the paparazzi can be a stressful situation, it doesn't take a brainiac - or even a Hilton - to know violence is never the answer.