[UPDATE: TMZ reports that Justin has been cleared of wrongdoing. Police interviewed him and say it is not a hit and run case. Fault reportedly lies with the photographer for "being a pedestrian in the roadway."]
Last night in Los Angeles, Justin Bieber was allegedly involved in a hit and run, that famed rite of passage for young celebrities. It’s like Hollywood’s version of a bar mitzvah. According to TMZ, Bieber was leaving the Laugh Factory in his Ferrari with his friend Lil Twist and seemed to pin one of the on-site paparazzi between his car and a parked car. But Justin reportedly didn’t stop driving, and the LAPD has started an investigation. An ambulance took the photographer to the hospital, though it’s uncertain what his injuries were, if any.
It’s hard to know what to think about this incident. On the one hand, these paparazzi are known to really cross a line and prevent these stars from moving their cars. Whenever I watch an entertainment news show and see footage of celebs trying to make their way through a mob of photographers, it’s like a deleted scene from The Walking Dead where a character has to wade through a swarm of zombies. On the other hand, it probably didn’t help that, as you can see from the above photograph taken at the scene, Bieber was wearing his infamous sunglasses and a hat with a comically large brim while driving at night. One thing is very clear from this situation, however. That car of his really cannot catch a break. TMZ describes the car as “his infamous white Ferrari.” I immediately knew what that meant, since a few months ago I wrote a concerned post asking Justin to take better care of said car.
This car just keeps getting in trouble, and it never seems to be driven by Bieber himself. This Ferrari has been involved in multiple incidents when people other than Bieber are driving it, and this time he actually was behind the wheel, which honestly shocks me a little bit. I can just imagine that car breathing a sigh of relief and counting its blessings as it waited for Justin Bieber outside the Laugh Factory. “It’s all starting to look up for me,” it whispered to itself, its headlights blinking in glee. “Justin’s finally paying attention to me, and it’ll all be okay. Maybe that foul leopard-print creature will get phased out and it’ll be me and Justin to the end of time.” And then it started passionately singing “I Will Always Love You” before Justin emerged from the club and… well you already know how this story ends. Anyone want to start a Kickstarter campaign to pay for this Ferrari’s therapy bills?
(Photo: Devone Byrd, PacificCoastNews.com)