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The death of the young paparazzo has struck a chord throughout the celebrity world after one photog went too far to snap a picture of Justin Bieber. Bieber and Miley Cyrus have spoken out on the tragedy and now How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris is weighing in.
Harris attended the 50th anniversary ceremony for Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle, E! News reports, where the 39-year-old actor was asked if stricter laws should be implemented for the safety of both celebrities and paparazzi.
“There's so many thoughts. I don't know where you begin with that without sounding like you're taking a stance one way or the other," Harris explained. "I certainly think that being a public person, a celebrity people are interested in, means they're going to want to know all about you. And the minutiae of your daily life is sort of up for public consumption."
The topic of what’s too far has circulated since the paparazzo was struck and killed by a vehicle after traveling across four lanes of traffic to get a picture of Bieber’s Ferrari. The pop star was not in the vehicle at the time.
"I don't know where the line is," Harris added. "I mean if the paparazzi stopped at every red light, they'd lose the picture. But they're not the only people that run red lights. So you can't come down on them hard."
Harris notes that it is difficult for him, as he sympathizes with others who have had their privacy violated, but understands that the paparazzi are just doing their job.
"..I do think it's trying for people who are trying to live their lives in an everyday way to be constantly accosted by not only people wanting their photo but being abrupt and derogatory in order to get a facial expression. That can't be fun. I'm thankfully not that exciting so I don't get a lot of that. But yeah, it sucks when people die,” Harris concluded.