I wasn’t planning a discussion post today but recent terrible news has prompted me to go ahead and have one right now. According to X17 Online Brad Pitt was involved in a motorcycle accident today in Hollywood. According to the write-up, a paparazzi-driven car was following Brad when it bumped into the back of the motorcycle. This caused Brad to hit a car in front of him, at which point the bike tipped over and Brad fell off the motorcycle.
It seems that Brad is fine and not seriously injured and his motorcycle also doesn’t appear to have any major visible damage. Brad’s assistant arrived on the scene and picked Brad up to take him home.
First and foremost, I am very pleased to know that Brad is okay because it could have been so much worse. Beyond that though, I am livid. People wonder why so many American celebrities are moving to Europe and this is one very good reason why! When Brad and Angelina are in France they get photographed too but in Los Angeles the paparazzi are out of control.
It’s like the paparazzi have learned absolutely nothing from the tragic outcome of chasing down Diana. What is it going to take before some kind of regulation occurs? Yes, people want to see photos of their favorite celebrities, and yes when celebrities go out in public they are fair game for being photographed. HOWEVER, there’s a safety line that gets crossed when people are grabbing cameras, jumping in their cars, and chasing celebrities.
This could have been a horrible tragedy. Brad has a woman at home who loves him and six kids who need him. Would the paparazzi agency have been able to look them in the eye if Brad’s accident had been worse and had a more devastating ending?
Sorry would never have been good enough. Something really has to change to start reigning the paparazzi in a little more for the general safety of everyone. Let’s discuss: What do you think needs to change?
(Note these photos were taken safely rather than while chasing Brad down in a vehicle.)