Steven Tyler is doing his bid to make a difference. The rocker will testify in Congress in support of a law that would offer celebrities more protection against the ever-intrusive paparazzi, it has emerged.
The new proposed Senate bill even bears Tyler’s name, after his attorney drafted it at his suggestion, Showbiz411 reports.
If passed, it would allow celebrities the right to privacy in Hawaii, without having to constantly worry whether paparazzi are nearby, snapping pictures unawares.
“Hawaii Senate Bill 465, also known as the Steven Tyler Act, would create a civil cause of action for ‘constructive invasion of privacy’ in the state of Hawaii,” the aforementioned media outlet says.
Tyler initiated and supports the bill, with help from Mick Fleetwood, a Hawaii resident.
“The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation. As a person in the public eye, I know the paparazzi are there and we have to accept that,” Tyler is quoted as saying.
“But when they intrude into our private space, disregard our safety and the safety of others, that crosses a serious line that shouldn’t be ignored,” the rocker adds.
Tyler isn’t the only celebrity to be this vocal about the need of laws that would prevent paparazzi from getting too close to stars and thus putting their lives (and others’) at risk.
2013 kicked off with the death of a paparazzo who was chasing a car he thought Justin Bieber was driving.
He was hit by another car and died on the spot – all because he was chasing the so-called million dollar shot, after hearing that Justin had been seen driving after smoking pot.
Bieber and good friend Miley Cyrus repeatedly tweeted about the need for legislation that would prevent such tragedies from occurring but, as far as we know, they didn’t actually do something concrete about it, like Steven Tyler did – and is doing.