Robin Williams Is Allowed to Ride His Bike on the Sidewalk Because He’s Famous


Robin Williams told the cast of The View this morning that he, too, has been a victim of the NYPD’s crackdown on biking infractions this year, having been pulled over by the police for riding on a New York City sidewalk. We’ve seen before where the combination of jokes and sidewalk riding can get you, but things are probably different when you’re a famous white male! “[I was dressed] like a terrorist or a crack dealer, your call. No one was on the sidewalk, and all of a sudden woop-woop,” explained Williams, but he admitted his privilege, saying that as soon as the cops realized who he was, they let him go with a warning. Our other friends who didn’t star in Patch Adams, if you’ll remember, were not so lucky. [NYP]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 19, 2011

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