Jewish World Review June 9, 2003 / 9 Sivan, 5763

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Not in Babs' backyard! | Self-described environmentalist Barbra Streisand is mad. And her wrath is aimed at an environmental group who nailed the Funny Girl for being a hypocrite.

Ever heard the phrase, "Not in my backyard"? It's a phrase that describes do-gooders who want to save the world, as long as the sacrifice comes from somebody else's neighborhood. Well, Barbara Streisand is taking that old saying literally by suing an environmental group whose sole purpose is to save the California coastline.

For years, the rich and famous have built sprawling estates along the Pacific coast. The impact has been devastating for the environment, and has caused serious erosion concerns. One of the main offenders is none other than Barbra Streisand, whose backyard was photographed and placed on an environmental website.

Needless to say, Babs was outraged and immediately demanded that the environmental group take the offending pictures down. When they refused, Streisand did what most corporate polluters and enemies of the environment do. She sued to intimidate the group, claiming invasion of privacy. Hey, can neighbors see your backyard? They can see mine too. Wonder if we have grounds for a lawsuit.

Streisand claimed that the pictures were an invasion of her privacy because they revealed the positioning of her swimming pool, patio chairs and parasols. Lawyers for the environmental group shot back that there isn't a constitutional right to privacy of the placement of your parasols and deck chairs on your outside patio. And of course, they're right.

Barbra Streisand may have been embarrassed when she was nailed as an enemy of Mother Earth, but this frivolous lawsuit does little to further her credibility as a political advocate and a supporter of the environmental movement.

Ms. Streisand is literally saying, "I'm all for saving the environment, as long as it doesn't involve my backyard."

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