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It's no secret that being in the spotlight comes with a lot of perks for huge celebrities. One of these is undoubtedly the ability to ask for pretty much anything, wherever and whenever you want. Sometimes, when things don't go their way, celebs take steps that most people wouldn't even dream of and attempt to get these aggravating offenses banned.

From the inspiring to the absurd, these are the things that celebrities have tried to stop after some personal dilemmas.

1. Jennifer Lawrence

Tried to ban: Illegally obtained images

Following last year's biggest scandal widely known as "The Fappening," which saw thousands of illegally obtained celebrity nude photos end up all over the Internet, Jennifer Lawrence was determined to do something about this new phenomenon. She talked to the AP about how such photos should be officially banned as matter of common decency and to protect the privacy of many of these famous individuals:

I hope it changes before I die, is to make it illegal to buy, post or shop a photo that's been obtained illegally. I have photographers that jump my fence ... if somebody jumps my fence and takes a picture through my window of me naked, that's illegal, but the photos can still be everywhere (online) the next day, and that makes no sense!

2. Scarlett Johansson

Tried to ban: A novel that uses her name

Last year, Scarlett Johansson sued French novelist Grégoire Delacourt for using her name and reputation in his recent book La Première Chose Qu'on Regarde (The First Thing You See). The plot follows a mechanic who meets a woman who is purportedly Scarlett, but she eventually turns out to be just a doppelgänger. The actress felt the novel made "defamatory claims about her private life" and wanted to prevent it from being translated or adapted into a film.

In the end, Scarlett didn't get her wish, and the judge rejected all of her demands except for removing two sexual relationships from the book that she says never happened.

3. Jennifer Aniston

Tried to ban: Gun violence

Along with a whole team of other prominent celebrities, Jennifer Aniston lent her voice to the 'Demand A Plan' campaign to end gun violence following 2012's mass shooting at Sandy Hook. She's never put in stark terms exactly what she wants done (i.e. specific gun legislation or something of the sort), but as the issue continues to dominate politics, we could be seeing more of Jen's push for curbing the use of guns in America.

4. Leonardo DiCaprio

Tried to ban: Don's Plum, a movie he starred in

Back in 1994, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire agreed to appear in the low-budget movie Don's Plum, supposedly as a favor to the writer-director R.D. Robb. Both those now A-list actors maintain that they only did it under the condition that it would never be released in the United States. In 2004, one of the movie's producers tried to bring the movie to American audiences, so Leo and Tobey quickly slapped him with a lawsuit.

The movie did get screened in Europe, and that's exactly the way the two major stars wanted to keep it. At this point, they're still on the winning side, and Don's Plum can't be screened in the States (even though it's supposed to be a non-offensive snoozefest).

5. Kristen Bell

Tried to ban: Paparazzi from taking pictures of celebrity children

One of the stars of Frozen knows how to delight children everywhere, and she gets really serious when it comes to their personal safety and privacy. After an experience getting surrounded by aggressive paparazzi while cradling her 2-year-old daughter, Kristen Bell decided that enough is enough. With her husband Dax Shepherd, she launched their No Kids Policy, an effort to get publications, TV, and websites to stop buying photos of children taken without parental consent.

I have a tendency to get very fiery when I see an injustice, small or large. Children...being spied on... makes me sick.

She's since convinced more than 60 outlets to take her pledge, but that doesn't mean she's going to stop until she's all the way there.

6. Beyoncé

Tried to ban: Unflattering photos of her Super Bowl performance

After her incredible Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2013, Beyoncé discovered a few images online that she found particularly unflattering. Her publicist quickly took to emailing major media outlets to remove certain photos that didn't cast Bey in a good light. Here's part of the message that was sent to Buzzfeed:

As discussed, there are some unflattering photos on your current feed that we are respectfully asking you to change. I am certain that you will be able to find some better photos.

Of course, that's not the way the Internet works, and the attempt to take them down only fueled more people to seek them out. Unsurprisingly, you can still find them pretty much anywhere.

7. Morgan Freeman

Tried to ban: Confederate flag

As part of a growing campaign to move the Confederate flag strictly to museums and out of Southern public spaces, Morgan Freeman added his name to an open letter calling for the controversial symbol to be removed from the state flag of Mississippi:

It is simply not fair, or honourable, to ask black Mississippians to attend schools, compete in athletic events, work in the public sector, serve in the National Guard, and go about their normal lives with a state flag that glorifies a war fought to keep their ancestors enslaved.

The majority of Mississippi's citizens voted to keep the flag as it is back in April, but as growing awareness stokes conversation, Morgan may get his wish if it comes up for a vote again.

8. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Tried to ban: Assault weapons

This may surprise fans of Arnie's classic films like Predator and The Terminator that are have a heavy footing in hardcore gun fights. But, back when Arnold Schwarzenegger was starting his campaign for Governor of California, he openly supported a ban on assault weapons in the United States. In a Time magazine piece from 2003, he made his broad thoughts clear:

I’m for gun control. I’m a peace-loving guy.

9. Kim Kardashian

Tried to ban: Look-alike models

Back in the days before Kim Kardashian became Kim Kardashian-West, she made many headlines with multiple lawsuits often concerning her image. The most memorable one involved an Old Navy commercial, which featured a model-singer named Melissa Molinaro who Kim felt was impersonating her.

Kim claimed that she was suing Old Navy for using her likeness without her consent and for tarnishing her reputation by doing so. The fee that she was seeking? $20 million dollars! Ultimately, nothing ever really came of it, except for the knowledge that Kim does not like to be copied.


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