Though Justin Bieber was the celebrity targeted when a paparazzo was killed trying to get a shot of him, the photographer could have as easily been after any other popular star in Hollywood. That’s why Bieber released a statement asking for new legislation on the issue, and why celebrities like Miley Cyrus feel personally affected by the situation.
Another person who feels like the death strikes close to home is Neil Patrick Harris, who was asked by reporters at the 50th anniversary for Hollywood’s Magic Castle what he thought about the paparazzo’s death. E! News was there and reported his response.
“There’s so many thoughts. I don’t know where you begin with that without sounding like you’re taking a stance one way or the other,” Harris says. “I certainly think that being a public person, a celebrity people are interested in, means they’re going to want to know all about you. And the minutiae of your daily life is sort of up for public consumption.”
He continues, “I don’t know where the line is. I mean if the paparazzi stopped at every red light, they’d lose the picture. But they’re not the only people that run red lights. So you can’t come down on them hard. But I do think it’s trying for people who are trying to live their lives in an everyday way to be constantly accosted by not only people wanting their photo but being abrupt and derogatory in order to get a facial expression. That can’t be fun. I’m thankfully not that exciting so I don’t get a lot of that. But yeah, it sucks when people die.”
Where do you think the line should be drawn?