Friday, August 1, 2008

Celebs Call for Governmental Regulation of Paps

"I'm asking you to regulate it... Tax it," John Mayer told LA's city council members on Thursday. He and a growing number of celebrities are asking the government to step in and regulate the paparazzi.

Dennis Zine, city council member and apparent wannabe celeb stalker said, "Celebrities should have the freedom to do as they wish and the paparazzi are infringing upon their right to live."

The freedom to do as they wish... give us a break. The paparazzi are in no way infringing on celebrities' ability to live their lives. Celebrities are public figures and when they are out in public they will attract attention. It's called the price of fame.

Let us not forget, that last we checked the paparazzi does pay taxes. The pay income tax, employment tax, sales taxes, shall we go on?

At least one official in LA isn't star struck.

LAPD Chief William J. Bratton called out celebrities for making a big deal of how paparazzi conduct themselves.

"If you notice, since Britney started wearing clothes and behaving; Paris is out of town not bothering anybody, thank God; and, evidently, Lindsay Lohan has gone gay, we don't seem to have much of an issue," Bratton told KNBC-TV Thursday, according to the L.A. Times.

"So as far as all this grandstanding and foolishness, waste of city time on this issue – and the fact that I felt aggravated enough about it to interrupt my workout to come over and set the record straight, LAPD has no intention of participating in this farce," he added.

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