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Thursday, June 28, 2007

They've created a monster!

Yesterday Us Weekly announced that the magazine was going "Paris-free," and there would be no coverage of Paris Hilton in its upcoming issue (the moratorium appears to be for one week only).

Now Us Weekly's blog has also declared it will no longer post about Paris, claiming that her statement to Larry King that she has never done drugs (difficult to believe, particularly in light of photos showing her smoking marijuana) pushed [the Us Weekly bloggers] over the online edge." They haven't told us how long the ban will last, saying only it will be "for the time being." (FYI, Bailey Quarters declared a year ago that she wouldn't post about Paris, because she doesn't contribute anything to...anything, so Pop Culture Junkette is way ahead of Us Weekly.)

Of course, 70 percent of Us Weekly's readers wish Paris "would go into hiding," so perhaps the lack of ink isn't so surprising. But isn't it at least a little hypocritical? After all, Us Weekly was instrumental in making Paris Hilton the celebrity she is today. When Paris was just a teenager, Us Weekly would run photos of Paris and Nicky, back before anyone knew who they were. And they continued to promote her as she became better-known.

I guess Us Weekly is starting to feel a little like Dr. Frankenstein.



Blogger I am a Miranda said...

But Nicole Richie deserves to be on this week's cover because...???

6/28/2007 6:21 PM  
Blogger A. J. Simon said...

With Paris Hilton, it's disintegrated from disliking her because she's rich and pampered and think she's superior, to hating her because everybody else does and we can collectively feel superior to her (it's the difference between hating James Spader or Billy Zabka in an 80s movie to hating, say, the Elephant Man). And for Us Weekly to pretend that Hilton is worse than, say, Jessica Simpson, is super slimy.

6/28/2007 9:27 PM  
Blogger Bailey Quarters said...

I don't see this at all. Not to defend Jessica Simpson, but to my knowledge, she hasn't been arrested multiple times for drunk-driving related offenses or been videotaped making racist comments.

6/29/2007 1:25 PM  
Blogger A. J. Simon said...

The racism is despicable, but I had forgotten it -- I bet most people that hate her wouldn't remember the racism. And I think the drunk driving is horrible, but since when is that a major issue in this country? Tony LaRussa falls asleep drunk, which helps to create an atmosphere where his own relief pitcher dies, drunk, in an auto crash, and LaRussa has received about one billionth of the Michael Vick coverage. And I just think Jessica Simpson and most people Us Weekly covers add as little as Paris (DJ AM?)

6/29/2007 3:56 PM  
Blogger Isaac, your bartender said...

I'm no Tony LaRussa fan, but (1) to blame him for Josh Hancock's death is ridiculous--Hancock was driving drunk, with marijuana, and talking on his cell phone when he crashed into a parked truck; to claim that he was somehow influenced to do this by his manager is inane--and (2) to compare driving with a 0.093 blood alcohol level (which used to not even be over the legal limit and is still not considered DUI in some states) to dog fighting is equally silly. Don't get me wrong, LaRussa has rightly taken some heat for his actions, but he is not to blame for what happened to Hancock and your seeming implication that the media is harsher on Vick because of his skin killer is ridiculous.

6/29/2007 4:48 PM  
Blogger MrMotivation said...

Paris is the magic catalyst which our culture can collectively blame her for all our group ills. She is an essential portion of popular culture. She has been sacrificing herself to keep the cameras off the other targets: Bush twins, Amy Carter, Olsen Twins and the man who would be governor: Gary Coleman. Please remove all bans on coverage and assign a group to “Eye-Team” coverage of our top tier of American Royalty.

6/29/2007 4:57 PM  
Blogger A. J. Simon said...

I don't blame LaRussa for Hancock's death, but an atmosphere of permissibility for driving drunk was there, and the St. Louis media has correctly criticized him for not having the moral authority to say much to Hancock when he showed up late and hung over for a game. And I wasn't implying that skin color has anything to do with it, but if you told me you were going to either drink and drive (LaRussa), beat your significant other (Bret Myers) or run a dog fight (Michael Vick), I would ask that you do the last one. And yet Vick has received BY FAR the most criticism. I think that's more of a factor of out-of-whack values than is it is race.

6/29/2007 8:58 PM  
Blogger Laura Holt said...

But don't you think that part of the reason the dog fight story is receiving more press (if it is) is because it's by far the more unusual of the three sins? It's newsworthy because it's weird. Drunk driving and wife beating are FAR more common stories.

6/30/2007 9:35 PM  
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