Celebri-spiral™: Enough Already

Our culture is in a celebri-spiral. We're conflicted over our ridiculous, growing celebrity culture consumption via magazines, websites, and TV shows. In 2007, my love/hate conflict made me take to the blog-o-sphere. All writing on this site © Dave Singleton 2009.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

May 8, 2007: The Celebri-spiraling Petitions to Pardon Paris

Since Ms. Hilton has called her jail sentence "unfair," her fans are posting petitions on pardonparis.com and freeparishilton, urging The Governator Schwarzenegger to free the heiress.

"I feel that I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is both cruel and unwarranted and I don't deserve this," Hilton told photographers assembled outside her home Saturday.

The latter petition, which had more than 1800 signatures by Tuesday afternoon, urges the California action star/governor to pardon Hilton because "She provides hope for young people all over the U.S. and the world. She provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives. "

Ouch. Yuck. Blech. Is your life mundane enough to require her?

As I read this, I can't help but think of the new book The Secret, which claims that we conjure up the events in our lives. Why exactly did we conjur her? And don't give me the two-second answer. Let's really think about this. The key to celebri-spiraling could be found here.

But for now, back to the petitions, which pull out the stops. I have to give them that. Another excerpt:

"If the late former President Gerald Ford could find it in his heart to pardon the late former President Richard Nixon after his mistake(s), we undeniably support Paris Hilton being pardoned for her honest mistake as well, and we hope and expect the governor will understand and grant this unusual but important request in good faith to Ms. Paris Whitney Hilton."

Well, sirs and madams, I knew Richard Nixon. Richard Nixon was a friend of mine. Paris Whitney Hilton is no Richard Nixon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heiress Fatigue

PARIS Hilton can't be sent to jail fast enough for some folks. Before the heirhead was sentenced to 45 days for driving repeatedly with a suspended license, a group called Citizens for a Better America had started an online petition drive, recorded a song "Go Away Paris," and was selling T-shirts, baseball caps and even thongs emblazoned with the title. The lyrics include: "I saw her picture in the magazine, I saw her book in the store, and she had sex on my computer screen, but I just can't take anymore . . . So here's to you Paris Hilton, will you hear me when I say, you've got everything you want, so could you please just go away."

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you really have to write about Paris AGAIN?! There are so many more interesting celebrities to write about, including the Queen of England (my God, didn't you just love that tiara she wore last night to the WH)(and Laura's dress)(and Barbara's date - what a wonderful hunk)? I know you covered the Queen earlier in the week, but it is precisely b/c of repeated attention on insignificant people like Paris that she is a celebrity.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa G said...

We didn't conjure Paris Hilton. We just neglected to leave her back in the 7th grade where she belongs. She is a Mean Girl now and forever. She'll be fine in jail. I bet you she'll have her cellmate crying within an hour and by the time she leaves they'll be wearing those BFF necklaces. Jail is not going to change her; she's going to come out the same spoiled brat she is now.

I'm glad you wrote about Paris, I am obsessed with this jail thing. I think she should start wearing all striped clothes now, just to get in the swing of things.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 1:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You knew Richard Nixon??

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 1:30:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Singleton said...

I wrote about her because I am liking the backlash and what it might mean in the bigger picture.

The coverage of her right now is actually good since it's, as my friend Cathleen said, proof of the celebri-spiral concept.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 1:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That picture is hot.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 6:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It won't be long before "Girls Gone Wild in Prison" starring a Paris showering with her cell mates is all over You Tube. She'll milk this for all it's worth. I bet even Baba WaWa and her View cronies are hankering to get her first post-prison interview...

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 9:10:00 PM  
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