I hate how those incidents with paparazzi are always presented as "wow, look at those wacky celebrities, aren't they easy to get upset? You gotta love them, those crazy bastards!"
I remember from some years ago how Bjork allegedly swallowed pencil and a notebook of a reporter, and how everywhere it was reported "that crazy Bjork, another stunt to get more attention" - I mean, how do things get twisted like that? A media spin that justifies their harrasment by saying simply "they all secretly want the attention", which viewers, I guess, buy because they think they'd want that kind of attention if they were in celebrity's place. And it really damages perception, because for a long while, Bjork was being presented as this weird-for-the-weirdness-sake person whose songs were seen as a cry for attention and desperate attempt to be different from others, and that way you'd be biased towards her music before you'd even hear it.
It's a contradiction, on one side every creative type wants his work to reach as much people as possible. On the other hand, everything over a certain level of popularity brings in unwanted sideeffects in form of attention to your personal life an whatnot. I don't think that (save for some extremely exibitionist types) anyone wants that, I mean surely at the beginning average person is attracted to the prospect of being reckognized in the street and called to late night shows, but certainly very soon the novelty wears off and I think that it's unfair to say "well, it's their fault for wanting to be popular in the first place".
I think that every art requires a person to be a bit exibitionist, perhaps a bit self-centered too. After all, you are taking a little bit of your personal inner life and laying it on to the table, and you are working under the proposition that this inner life will be interesting enough to people (and I don't think anyone who says "I don't know if anyone will like this..." really means it deep down. We all hope that they will). But I don't think it's unfair to expect to have control over how much of your inner life you show - and, you know, over your personal space and all.
Now to comic artists or, say, novelists, this is not much of a problem unless you stumble on to a comic convention or are unlucky enough to have some geeky stalker. But how exactly do you become an actor who can make a comfortable living and choose which roles to play and which ones to pass (reasonable request) without giving up on too much of your privacy?