Miley Cyrus is demanding the paparazzi stop the dangerous lengths they go to to get a photo, following the death of a photographer who was hit by a car while trying to photograph Justin Bieber’s Ferrari on Jan. 1.
Cyrus has spoken out on more than one occasion about the photographers who follow her every move and this time she’s calling them fools for their reckless disregard for their own safety and the safety of other celebrities.
“Hope this paparazzi/JB accident brings on some changes in ’13 Paparazzi are dangerous! Wasn’t Princess Di enough of a wake up call?!” the 20-year-old wrote on Twitter, referencing Princess Diana’s fatal accident in 1997 while being chased by paparazzi.
Cyrus also took the opportunity to defend Bieber, who reportedly wasn’t even in the car at the time freelance paparazzo Chris Guerra was killed.
“It is unfair for anyone to put this on to Justin’s conscious as well! This was bound to happen! Your mom teaches u when your a child not to play in the street! The chaos that comes with the paparazzi acting like fools makes it impossible for anyone to make safe choices,” Cyrus wrote on Twitter.
Cyrus also made a plea to the media, tweeting at E! News correspondent Ken Baker, telling him:
“@kenbakernow you can have a big part in making that change if the photos stop being made entertainment There’s plenty of news without paps!”
CNN reports that after learning the news of the death of the photographer, Bieber offered his prayers for the man, but also called for change in the way the paps conduct themselves.
“While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” Bieber said in a statement. “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.”