and this on the inside.
You'd expect to be thrilled and draw yourself a picture of Paris Hilton somehow scratching together a living and failing miserably at it.
I wasn't. And it's not because I'm a fan.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. - Lord Acton
Power today lies in being rich and famous yet so insipidly brain dead, that being able to feed yourself qualifies as an achievement. - Anonymous
In light of the above tested truths, you really can't blame ol' Paris for just being what she is - an immensely rich, corrupted, quaraplegically-hapless ditz who theoretically is now near broke.
Or so you think.
For the past three years, Paris has made $2 million, $6.5 million, and $7 million respectively. Nay, she is not some shrewd businesswoman nor is she some gifted artist (her only creative achievements till date are directorial credit on the porn video One Night in Paris, and showing up to sing a song that hit #1 in Belgium, Solvakia and Hungary - Stars are Blind). She has made all that dough by among other things, co-writing a best-selling autobiography advising fellow heiresses how to spend all their hard-inherited cash (they have to be BORN, darn-it!!), lending her name to a nightclub (somehow managing to get her name fired this January) and televising how she was wretchedly pathetic at every job she ever took on a show that ran for 5 seasons, and got so popular it now has remakes in countries like Uruguay and Turkey.
Last year Paris told all of Britain in GQ that their Prime Minister was " Oh yeah... he's like your president". If she consistently comes up with such landmark declarations of the human head's ability to house air, and gets paid five-figure salaries to do it, is it any surprise that everyone from Lindsay Lohan to The Amazing X-Men (they referred to her as a "useless tart dancing topless at a party") love to loathe her?
Like such stalwarts before her as Edie Sedgwick (who served the interests of society by snorting coke and muse-ing for Andy Warhol) or Zsa Zsa Gabor (continuingly engaged in studies to determine the limits of the human ability for marriage and divorce - her current research suggests 9 times), Paris embodies that mysterious Pop Culture entity : someone famous just because they're famous. Devoid of any real talent, intelligence or beauty (put her next to Cindy Crawford and Paris looks like a shrimp), they don't do anything, they're just THERE! Almost leech like, they live off the human storehouse of inferiority, inadequacy and greed. And we keep feeding them.
Owing to what grand-daddy's decided to do, Paris, could unwittingly do a lot of good right now. She could serve as the mirror showing us where we stand. That is if we're willing to use her.
It'd be real easy to celebrate the girl's disinheritance , say it serves her right and give it more attention than its due. But in doing so, we're unintentionally just doing more of whatever made her a 'star' in the first place. In June of this year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca allowed Paris to go home with an electronic monitoring device owing to an unspecified medical condition. This was before she had served out the 45 day sentence for a parole violation. While doing so he sagaciously declared "My message to those who don't like celebrities is that punishing celebrities more than the average American is not justice".
My favorite words in that sentence being MORE THAN THE AVERAGE.
Paris, and whatever Grand-daddy Hilton has done should be seen rationally after wiping away the $400 a bottle mascara - this is just an AVERAGE spoilt kid who's been stripped of her allowance.