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Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield turn tables on paparazzi

Categories: Celebrities, Social Media

Emma Stone, Andrew GarfieldNoting lingering paparazzi waiting for them in New York this week, actors Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield held up signs championing charities they support. (YouTube)

Hollywood's Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy might fight bad guys onscreen, but in real life, actors (and couple) Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone do battle with lingering paparazzi.

The celebrity pair dubbed "Stonefield" was eating breakfast in NYC this week when they noticed a gathering of paps awaiting them. What to do? Raise awareness of charitable organizations on signs that covered their faces, of course.

"Good morning! We were eating and saw a group of guys with cameras outside. And so we thought, let's try this again," read Stone's sign. "We don't need the attention, but these wonderful organizations do."

Garfield's note continued the message by sharing the websites of several charities — www.youthmentoring.org, www.autismspeaks.org, www.wwo.org, www.gildasclubnyc.org — before concluding: "Here's to the stuff that matters. Have a good day!"

A spokesperson for Worldwide Orphans, one of the charities mentioned, noted that the stunt has given them a boost.

"We have observed an increase in giving on our website, along with an increase in social media followers and interested folks wanting to hold their own personal fundraisers for us," Lili Barreiro of the organization's New Jersey office told CBC News in an email.

Though the Canadian arm of the charity Autism Speaks said they won't be able to confirm any increased donations or boost in site traffic until the end of the month, marketing director Carrie Habert is still thrilled with the social media love they've seen (in the form of hundreds of new Facebook likes and shares as well as tweets and retweets on Twitter) since the Stonefield incident.

It isn't the first time the Spider-Man duo pulled off this clever tactic. During a similar incident in 2012, they championed Worldwide Orphans as well as Gilda's Club.

Rather than resorting to violence or prima donna behaviour, it's nice to see celebs turn their spotlight over to charitable causes.

— by Nicolette Mendoza

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