Waleed Aly makes some astute observations about Paris and the sanctimonious contempt that most of us feel towards her. Even as critics we continue to consume her and, in so doing, validate our own superior tastes – we have indeed become her clients.
That Paris was originally sent to jail for ‘days’ on a drink-driving charge has almost no significance to any of us yet reading about it fascinates us and has driven the press in Australia for a week. Paris may be a nonentity but she is famous because she is famous, a celebrity because she is a celebrity, a celebrity nitwit because she is a rich nitwit.
We love the fact that someone/some institution has finally said no to this flashy tart with the big bank balance.
‘Our scoffing at Paris more truthfully condemns ourselves. It is difficult to escape the thought that our obsession with celebrity banality is an admission of existential defeat’.It’s a fair call – Paris Hilton’s prominence is self-inflicted social pain. While I frown upon her brainless shopping sprees, her banal utterances and her goofy sunglasses I will rush to read about her in tomorrow’s press. I might even discard my principles and offer to ghost-write an account of her fearful times at the hands of the monstrous LA police-state torturers. I'll settle for 25%.
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We shall overcome Paris!
* She has that bare-minimum common set of components that puts her on common ground with half the humans on the planet.
** At year end 2005 there were 3,145 black male sentenced prison inmates per 100,000 black males in the US, compared to 1,244 Hispanic male inmates per 100,000 Hispanic males and 471 white male inmates per 100,000 white males.