Anti-Paparazzi Clutch Bag: For All Your Anti-Fame Needs

Are you bothered by the paparazzi while hitting the town in your nightclub clothes (which fit you perfectly, thanks to your self-adhesive strapless bra)? Then the Anti-Paparazzi Clutch Bag is for you! Wired News reports that designer and technologist Adam Harvey has designed and applied for a patent for this paparazzi-foiling fashion accessory.


The clutch bag has a very bright automated LED flash bulb attached to the outside, which can be activated wirelessly. When the LED detects a camera flash, it flashes back, thus ruining the paparazzi’s picture. As you can see from the picture on Harvey’s web page, this is a very effective means of foiling the paparazzi – IF it’s pointing in the right direction.

This would be excellent for those times when you know the paparazzi are going to be around. Let’s say you’re heading out to the hottest night club in LA with an attractive male companion while your husband happens to be in London. Or, more prosaically, that you’re Kate Gosselin trying to dine at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. Just arm yourself with this clutch, make sure it’s pointed in the right direction, and voila!

Unfortunately, I can see some down sides to this new technology. For one thing, it’s sure to annoy and/or blind hapless onlookers. No one wants to take friendly fire while they’re lining up for a movie premiere. Second, I think you would want several of these clutch bags, one on each side of your body, so that it can target photographers from any angle.

Third, and I hate to point out the obvious, but what’s Jon Gosselin supposed to wear when he hits the local frat party circuit?

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