The paparazzi are getting worse in L.A. We’ve been seeing an increase in incidents the past few years where they not only bait celebrities into altercations for their little TV magazines, but they endanger lives of the stars and innocent bystanders. The latest lowlight was Britney Spears leaving UCLA, only to be chased by photogs who broke numerous laws.
Are Los Angeles citizens tired of this crap yet? You bet. So is Dennis P. Zine, the L.A. City Councilman who wants a new law to control these idiots.
Zine estimated that it cost $25,000 just to drive Britney to the hospital in the first place. At the time, I questioned if that much security was needed. Apparently, it was. Markland showed us video evidence of these assholes running into traffic, trying to snap pictures of Spears as she left her evaluation.
According to Celebitchy, Zine has had it.
Last week, spurred by the aggressive paparazzi coverage of Spears, City Councilman Dennis Zine announced that he plans to push for an ordinance that would create a minimum “personal safety zone” around individuals targeted by the media.
Saying he didn’t “want a repeat of what happened to Princess Diana with a celebrity in Los Angeles,” Zine said he plans to introduce a motion that calls for the city attorney and LAPD to draft new restrictions on paparazzi, including an ordinance that would create a zone of clear space in order to protect public safety on streets, sidewalks and at access points to emergency care facilities and private businesses and homes.
Police Chief William J. Bratton, however, said existing laws are sufficient for his officers to deal with the paparazzi.
Whether or not existing laws are “sufficient” I’ll leave up to others to debate. Either way, you and I are still paying for this stupidity. What will happen when someone pays for it with their life?