Paparazzi Are The Suck And They Must Pay

tmz.jpgThe 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?

6 thoughts on “Paparazzi Are The Suck And They Must Pay”

  1. The laws need to be better, it’s just a matter of balancing any possible changes with other important laws and rights. But it has gotten out of control. Basically it’s a frenzy of a treasure hunt wherein humans are the prize.

    We can start, however, by not creating a demand for the frenzy. Celebrity Goss is disgusting. It’s a hard habit to break because it’s marketed non-stop, but if we can all break it and change the cues then it won’t be a problem.

    And our lives will be better for it, too.

    It’s at least worth the debate.

  2. I used to live near that crazy part of Robertson, where the paps like to congregate and although I have seen dangerous, erratic driving by these guys many, many times, I have never seen any of them get pulled over and ticketed. I thought there were already laws for reckless driving. Why aren’t they enforced?

  3. Is Bratton crazy? Even if the laws are there, they’re obsolete in this case if they’re not enforced.

    I’d fully support this law.

  4. If people didn’t surf to those websites, watch those tv shows, or buy those magazines, none of this would be a problem. All of this exists because theres money to be made. If it wasn’t profitable, it wouldn’t exist.

    Ordinary people want to see celebrities at their worst, and the celebrities want it to keep their names in peoples heads. It’s a win win situation for them, the losers are of course us ordinary people footing the bill both financially and culturally.

    I don’t believe that throwing more laws at this problem will solve it. I think the only way this will go away is when (if ever) people stop caring about Brittany or Paris or Kim or whomever it is this week who’s flashing their cooter getting out of a Bentley or whatnot.

  5. I think the only way this will go away is when (if ever) people stop caring about Brittany or Paris or Kim or whomever it is this week who’s flashing their cooter getting out of a Bentley or whatnot.

    I think it’s naive to think that’s ever going to happen. In light of that, what’s the solution? I have to think that sit starts with enforcement of existing laws rather than adoption of new ones.

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