On Wednesday, Katie Holmes, Suri, and a playmate exited Trump International Building in New York City and were inundated by a crowd of hungry paps and fans. Frustrated as any 7-year-old would be, Suri yelled, "We're trying to get in the car! Stop it! Get out of the way."
When Suri reached the car, a rando fan (whom US Weekly says is a "guy who waits for celebrities [to get] their autographs to sell them on eBay") called out, “Bye Suri, you little brat.”
Photographer Cesar Pena of 247paps.tv captured the gross exchange on video. He also confronted the heckler. "Whoa, whoa, whoa...When you're a father, bro, it's a whole different thing. It's a whole different thing."
"I don't care...She's a b----...a little brat kid," the man said. "A little brat." Watch the video below.
Really? 7 years old and bullied by a grown man? Suri already has a lot on her plate with two of the most famous celebrities in the world, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, as parents, swarms of people following her when she leaves her home, a rumored body double and pseudonym that she uses in public. Can’t a kid and her American Doll be left in peace?
In June, Paris Jackson, the daughter of the late Michael Jackson, reportedly attempted suicide after being harassed by Facebook bullies who taunted her about her father’s molestation allegations and in February, the satirical website The Onion called “Beasts of the Southern Wild” actress, Quvenzhané Wallis, the C-word. Even Harry Potter author JK Rowling who typically avoids the limelight, claimed that a reporter slipped a note into her five-year-old daughter's backpack. Um, what?
Thankfully, there’s an anti-bullying crusade in the works, headed by actress Halle Berry. In June, Berry testified in favor of legislation that would seek to protect kids of celebrities. The bill, SB 606, would expand the definition of harassment to include photographing or recording a kid without their legal guardian's permission. The bill also mentions photography that includes "following the child's activities or lying in wait" because of his or her parent’s careers.
“My daughter doesn’t want to go to school because she knows ‘the men’ are watching for her,” said Berry. As Suri Cruise learned this week, they're not always just watching.