Friday, June 08, 2007

Forget Paris

As much as I think it’s ridiculous that Paris Hilton was sprung from jail after serving only three days (oh, sorry, five days by LA County’s wonky math) of a 23-day sentence, I’m almost more incensed by cable news’ salivatory coverage of her release than her actual release. The OUTRAGE! The ANGER!! The MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE!!! Never mind the completely bogus war we’re fighting overseas where thousands of young men and women have died for a lie. Never mind the continual and soon-to-be irreversible damage we’re doing to our planet as we choke the atmosphere with greenhouse gases while covering our eyes to our culpability. Never mind the racism, sexism, homophobia and other fun –isms and –obias that still bring untold pain and suffering to people whose only crime is living their lives as who they are. No, apparently what we should really be mad about is Paris fucking Hilton. Sigh. This world makes me weary sometimes.

UPDATE: Now Paris is back in jail and the TV news is peeing itself with glee. One talking head even squealed, “This is a great day for America!” Why, because some inexplicably famous heiress whose trial and subsequent sentencing have become a media clusterfuck of Wagnerian proportions is now headed back to jail the day after an inept system let her out? This is not a great day for America. This is an embarrassing day for America. Period.


Anonymous said...

I really fucking hope she gets done in by somebody, I am so sick and tired of spoilt rich bitches garnering more attention than people who can't even marry on the grounds that they're 'inferior'.

Fuck you Paris Hilton!

Anonymous said...

"This world makes me weary sometimes."

Well, its just another sign of the slow, inexorable but inevitable decline of the American Empire....

and while the media is covering trash, its hoping we won't notice how the world is going to hell in a handbasket...:(

ravaj said...

well that is it, isn't it - always a smokescreen to distract us from the real and important stuff.

mind you, it's not as if it was a new phenomenon -

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. -Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

as old william wordsworth was wont to say

Sally said...

Well, at least I'm happy here in Germany people and the media are more concerned with the protests and demostrations for the G8 meeting. But I completely share your views!

MetaSin Girl said...

I just read about this – Paris was released for “an undisclosed medical condition??” Sweet jesus, I hope she didn’t break a nail again!

South Park aired a rerun this week of their infamous Paris spoof, the “Stupid Spoiled Whore” epi. I love you, SP, from the bottom of my jaded little heart.

And yes, this world is very wearying. But thankfully, there are blogs like yours to make it all a little better! ;)

Nancy said...

There is a definite angry mob effect happening. I'm not sure what is wrong with everyone.

ronia said...

Put someone else up as the top post. Please.

Bainshee said...

OMG Dorothy you almost made me lose all of my respect for you!

Oh! I wonder who Dorothy's weekend crush is this week!

[page loads and...]

Paris fucking Hilton!

You about gave me a heart attack. I literally shrieked, "WHAT!" when the page loaded.


slacker said...

I'm just sad to realize that PH is Kim Richards' neice. Maybe this was well known and I'm behind on my pop culture, but I'm still left with the feeling of an innocent childhood crush that has been tarnished by association.

belledame222 said...

I wish FCC regulations included massive fines and a boot in the rear to any "news" station that spends more than, like, 30 seconds on this sort of story. For fuck's sake, people, if I -wanted- the Entertainment channel I'd -watch- the Entertainment Channel. Whatever else about this, this is not -news.0