By Dawn Cranfield
Paparazzo Trying to Snap a Photo of Justin Bieber Struck and Killed by Car
Chris Guerra, a freelance photographer, was struck and killed by a car while trying to snap a photo of Justin Bieber in his white Ferrari. The tragedy unfolded on New Year’s Day in Los Angeles as the paparazzo was crossing Sepulveda Boulevard and returning to his car.
Bieber’s car had been pulled over by police and was stopped alongside the road; however, the young pop star was not even in the car at the time, a friend was driving it. Guerra reportedly had been following the car for some time and pulled over as well to take pictures. The police asked him twice to return to his car.
As the 29 year-old Guerra was crossing the boulevard, he was hit and killed by an SUV driven by a 69 year-old woman. “There was no evidence that the woman was driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, authorities said.” (cnn.com)
While Bieber was not involved in the incident, he made the following statement, “Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders and the photographers themselves.” (philly.com)
Highly commendable of him considering just this past July a Los Angeles city
councilman, Dennis Zine, a reservist on the LAPD, opined the same thing. After an incident where Bieber outran a group of paparazzi, with a high-speed chase down a California freeway, whizzing past Zine; he said he expected to see a crash and feared someone could die. “‘He was coming up behind me, making abrupt lane changes, not giving signals, cutting off cars,’” Zine said. The photographers were keeping up with Bieber, thick on his heels.” (cnn.com)
Instead of simply standing still for a few photographs, Bieber drove his car in a dangerous fashion down the freeway causing a hazard to other drivers. He was the catalyst in the situation and the photographers were merely following suit. How sad for him to be so popular that fans would want to see his picture.
Miley Cyrus could not help herself but to get involved in the controversy as well; she took to Twitter and wrote, “Hope this paparazzi/JB accident brings on some changes in ’13 Paparazzi are dangerous! Wasn’t Princess Di enough of a wake up call?! It is unfair for anyone to put this on to Justin’s conscious as well! This was bound to happen! Your mom teaches u when your a child not . . . to play in the street! The chaos that comes with the paparazzi acting like fools makes it impossible for anyone to make safe choices.” (philly.com)
Cyrus is correct, this was bound to happen; however, the culpability for the death of this young man should not be placed on Bieber, he is simply a pawn in the hands of the insatiable public.
The photojournalists take pictures of the stars because they are paid for them.
The stars get their pictures taken because they are adored.
The fans want to see the stars eating, drinking, walking, talking, living, loving, and laughing.
The media prints the pictures.
The journalists write and talk about the stars.
The stars complain they need their privacy.
The stars get their privacy.
The stars fade away
The stars hire a public relations firm for a big comeback.
The stars hire a photographer so they can get their picture published.
And so on…
The other day at the gym, I was watching some random show; Nicki Minaj was being interviewed. When she was asked if she had so many awards now that they meant nothing to her, she responded that she was not “too big” for that yet. Wow. I was stunned. So, there will be a time where she feels receiving an award will be so passé it will just be another day… and another star just fades away.