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July 11, 2012  | by: Julia Cuozzo

The Biebermobile

On Friday, Justin Bieber was pulled over for speeding and given a ticket by some “not nice” members of the LAPD for being clocked at about 80 mph. Bieber claimed he was attempting to outrun the paparazzi who were chasing him down while he was driving on the freeway in his Biebermobile, a $100,000 Fisker Karma with a custom paint job that actually acts as a mirror for the express purpose of avoiding the paparazzi.

If Scooter Braun, Justin’s manager and giver of the pricey sports car, really wanted Justin to avoid the paparazzi, and avoid major speeding tickets, he probably would have been better off getting him a Toyota Camry. This is not a plug for Toyota, it’s merely one of the most common cars in the US so it would easily blend with the crowd, and it’s incapable of reaching the speeds that a Fisker is, in case you didn’t know.

So after being pulled over for disobeying the law and claiming self defense, the paps were at it again and this time, Bieber called 9-1-1. (Click Here to hear the 9-1-1 call) Now, when he was pulled over, some critics claim that he was being reckless and acting like an obnoxious kid with a new toy. I was not there. Neither were the other commentators. But I will say this in Justin Bieber’s defense; this is not the first case of the paparazzi forcing a driver into acting recklessly.

Maybe he was just being a kid, but at the same time, he has always illustrated a maturity and an understanding of when and when not to. The paparazzi, on the other hand, have documented evidence against them including an actual documentary (featuring Adrian Grenier, I might add) about how aggressive they can be. Are we forgetting how Princess Diana died? Chased by the paparazzi at high speeds which lead to a crash. And that was in 1997, before camera phones were in everyone’s pockets.

Dennis Zine, a Los Angeles City Councilman who witnessed Bieber trying to evade paparazzi before being ticketed, said that Bieber was driving recklessly. Well sir, when you are a relatively new driver (something I’m sure you haven’t experienced in a while) and your are being chased by 3-5 cars (something else you probably never had to deal with in your teen years), I’m pretty sure your body and mind go into panic and self-preservation mode.

What do you think? Was Bieber acting like a normal person? Or was he being an obnoxious kid with a fancy toy and a fake excuse?

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