Monday, August 4, 2008
McCain Ad Not Funny To Hilton Mom
Kathy Hilton mother of Paris Hilton is upset about John McCain’s ad “Celeb”. See the video here: This ad shows images of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears to make light of the fact that Barack Obama has become more of a celebrity than a relevant candidate for the Presidency. Ms Hilton has said she did not find the ad funny.
I must admit, I have a tendency to agree with her, the ad really wasn’t that funny. I have mixed feelings on the ad. On one hand, I thought it fell a little flat in it’s imagery. The glimpses of the celebs, Spears and Hilton, were too fleeting and the association between them and Obama wasn’t overly clear. With this said, knowing what the video was about, the association itself does drive home the point that Obama is more of a media darling than a legitimate Presidential candidate. His campaign to date has been superficial with no real message other than he is an agent for “change”. The ad is not, as Democrats are trying to label it, an attack ad.
It’s parody. A parody of Obama and the adoration of his supporters and the media. A parody that Obama and the media themselves have made possible. Also, the celebrities themselves invite the notion that they are superficial and adored not for what they contribute to society but for who they are. It is for these reasons, that it is nothing more than parody and because there is some underlying truth to the comparisons, that I find the criticism by the elder Ms Hilton to be interesting.
First, it was curious that she chose the Huffington Post for her remarks. I am not going to call Ms Hilton a wild eyed liberal, she and her husband did donate to John McCain’s campaign. One doesn’t choose the Huffington Post for no reason though. Any online or broadcast news network would have allowed her to comment on the commercial from MSNBC to Fox news. The mere fact that she was commenting would be news worthy and any one of these outlets would have given her the opportunity to get her message out. Posting on Huffington is not getting your message out, it’s making a statement. It’s shoving it in John McCain’s face. I don’t pretend to know why she went there, I am just saying I found it interesting. It’s possible that while she and her husband donated the money to McCain, maybe she isn’t the one that supports him. Maybe it’s her husband and she has other thoughts on the campaign, which is her prerogative. Maybe she genuinely took the ad as offensive and wanted to do something that would not only register a disagreement but maybe draw a little blood. Again, her prerogative and maybe not unwarranted since it was her daughter that was depicted.
Second I find Ms Hilton’s indignation that her daughter would be depicted this way ridiculous. Ms Hilton has to realize that her daughter has brought this caricature on herself. She has to read the press reports and see the news and knows that her daughter is essentially nothing more than a dimwitted, self centered, party girl. Let’s be honest, someone mentions the phrase moronic bimbo and who’s name pops into your head? The woman’s entire celebrity status began when her ex-boyfriend released a sex tape of them on the internet. Since then instead of trying to restore her good name and make us know that she is not really that girl in the tape, she has dedicated her life to living down to everyone’s low expectations of her.
Finally I always find it curious that the parents of people like Ms Spears and Ms Hilton seem to blame everyone for their children’s misfortunes other than themselves. It was the boyfriend’s fault that he released the tape, she had no responsibility for her actions. One of them is caught on tape falling down drunk, it’s the paparazzi’s fault for hounding them and photographing or taping them. The celebs themselves or their parents seem to bear no responsibility for their actions.
While these women and men like Ms Spears and Ms Hilton are adults and should take full responsibility for their actions, let us not forget who raised them. In my mind it is clear that Ms Hilton was raised to be the selfish person she is today. These people are raised in a life of privilege and excuse in which the word no was never heard and any transgression was simply ‘taken care’ of with daddy’s money.
So while we can look at the actions of these people with disdain, we do need to reserve some credit for the people that helped create them, their parents.