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.