Is Paris Burning? Who Cares?

Writing on the Op-Ed page of the Los Angeles Times, Lloyd Grove, a former gossip columnist for the New York Daily News, sums up the current state of Paris Hilton in his piece titled Unfortunately, we’ll always have Paris (Hilton)by writing among other things, 

“Despite a lack of any discernible talent, education, scruples, manners, modesty or underpants, she is bigger than ever.” 

Mr. Grove goes on to explain that he banned any mention of Ms. Hilton in his column, beginning in late 2004, until his column was discontinued almost two years later.  Of course his moratorium on Hiltoniana had very little lasting impact on his colleagues in the media, as he discusses in his opinion piece, and probably no impact, at all, on the public at large.  It seems, to the observers here at BFD that it was a principaled stand that was noticed by no one but the columnist, and maybe the editors and advertising sales staff at the Daily News.

We at BFD do believe that it was a noble effort on the part of Mr. Grove until the expiration of his column.  We have a soft place in our hearts for any individual who boldly stands-up for his principals against any odds of prevailing, even if it does lead to the principaled individual being mowed down, chewed up, and spit out of the maw of the undiscerning majority of public opinion.  (And sometimes it is kind of fun to sit on the sidelines and observe as it all unfolds.)

The facts, as concerns Ms. Hilton, in our analysis and opinion at BFD are that as long as the money and youthful looks remain, Ms. Hilton will continue to capture the public’s eye and monopolize the baser elements responsible for the “news” content distributed by the media.  Once Ms. Hilton gains some years, pounds, wrinkles, celulite, varicose veins, etc., she will still be an object of desire of the likes of bottom fishers like Prince Frederick von Anhalt, husband/caretaker/beneficiary of elderly Zaza Gabor and erstwhile wannabe father/beneficiary of Dannielynn Smith, child of the late Anna Nicole Smith, that is, as long as the Hilton money holds out.  (Something tells us that the Hilton money will be around long after the world grows tired of Ms. Hilton and the fact that she will never achieve a level of intellectual power and moral values greater than that found on a gnat’s ass.)

Speaking of Anna Nicole Smith, we have held back at commenting on her antics while alive, or the circus of events since her demise, partially out of some sense of decency (that ocassionally shows itself around here, just ocassionally though) and partially because Ms. Smith’s life was a tragedy for her, while the life of Paris Hilton is a tragedy for all of us subjected to Parismania in the media.  We have no intellectual or emotional interest in the life and foibles of Paris Hilton, but the admittedly prurient interest in the amusement value of her media appearances, although her schtick has fast grown old, and she is now simply an annoying distraction.  Is Paris burning up the media, who cares anymore?  The media will insure that we always become aware of the next super-hyped bimbo to catch our eyes and ears, and the circus will go on.

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8 Responses to Is Paris Burning? Who Cares?

  1. Stanley says:

    When we have stories like the one of a day or two ago regarding the Israeli Ambassador to Nicaragua being discovered on the grounds of his embassy, drunk and naked, bound hand and foot with “sex toys” still attached to his body (I wonder just what those “attachment points” might have been?) then one can see that the news media will not need Paris or Anna “Nick-Hole” Smith to bring joy and laughter into our lives.

  2. Big Fella says:

    Wow! We hadn’t noticed that tidbit. Would you like to become a Stringer for BFD?

    In terms of the ambassador in Nicaragua, just goes to show you that Managua is not a very happening place in terms of entertainment or recreational options, and a guy just has to entertain himself.

  3. Stanley says:

    Happiness is where you find it – even if it means a 12 inch vibrating dildo stuck up your ass…

  4. Stanley says:

    With a live gerbil super glued to the end…

  5. Stanley says:

    Who has had his incisors and claws recently sharpened…

  6. Stanley says:

    Whose fur had been generously coated with Dave’s Insanity Sauce pre-insertion…

  7. lynette says:

    i am appalled by this media obsession with the lives of people who matter not one whit to the average american. on my worst days, i think it’s a plot to keep us all mesmerized by the antics of fools so our country can be ravaged and pillaged while we’re glued to the tube, eating cracker jacks.

    people who don’t know the name of their neighbors know the ins and outs of paris hilton’s life (and she is just one example) from birth. that she should ever appear on any serious news program for even a moment is disgusting. she is not news, she’s just a pretty and spoiled little rich girl. does she have any impact on my life? your life? the lives of any of us? she is of no consequence whatsoever, but we can dope ourselves up with the lives of the rich and famous while our country goes down in flames around our ears. the only complaint will be if the devastation and destruction of the republic causes cable to go out.

  8. Big Fella says:

    TMZ.com referred to Paris Hilton and her TV show sidekick Nicole Richie as “celebutards” in a posting today, I think that just about says it all.

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