How much is a picture of Canadian superstar Justin Bieber worth?
That is the horrendous price that a member of the paparazzi paid to take a picture of what he thought was Bieber in his Ferrari at a traffic stop in Los Angeles. California Highway Patrol officers had pulled over Bieber's vehicle Tuesday evening at an off-ramp.
The photographer was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle. Police had warned the man to return to his vehicle.
Just last summer, Bieber ran afoul of the law while trying to avoid pursuing paparazzi.
The ironic thing about this waste of life is that Bieber was not even in his car!
In a statement to the media he said ""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."
The public's thirst for celebrity gossip has fueled a macabre side industry where celebrities can expect no respect for personal or family boundaries.
According to The New York Times, the combined revenue for the celebrity gossip industry — anchored by sites like TMZ and Radar Online is more than $3 billion per year. How lucrative can a little gossip or a picture be? Los Angeles Deputy Coroner Ed Winter said staff in department were offered $ 2 million for photos of Michael Jackson's corpse!
Ratings and the gossip industry demand it!