Paris Hilton Banned

New York Daily News gossip columnist Lloyd Grove has banned Paris Hilton from his space.

Even a gossip columnist has limits. Paris Hilton has finally abused mine. Over the past five years – without any discernible talent, education, scruples, manners, modesty or underpants – the pretty blond great-granddaughter of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton has waged a terrifying campaign for world domination. The arc of Paris’ “career” – from rich, witless party girl to rich, witless party girl with a hit television show – is an insult to the American sense of fairness: the idea that you get ahead by working hard, playing by the rules and acquiring a skill of some sort. Paris has bothered with none of the above, and yet society continues to reward her with money and fame.


Make no mistake: I plead guilty to having been one of Paris’ enablers – encouraging and even celebrating her silly ways through countless boldface mentions. I admit that Paris and I have been snared in an ugly web of mutual addiction: She to all the lurid ink, me to all the pointless drama. But on the “Today” show this morning, I’m planning to announce my New Year’s resolution: going cold turkey. No more Paris Hilton.

We’ll see how long it lasts.

FILED UNDER: Humor, Popular Culture
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  1. Bachbone says:

    I guess ‘we’ll always have Paris’ whether we like it or not. Don’t play it again, Sam. Please!

  2. 42nd SSD says:


    (If you ignore these people long enough and hard enough, they just… melt away and disappear, like the Wicked Media Witch of the West. I seriously have no clue who “Paris Hilton” is, and I don’t want to know.)

  3. bette says:

    Maybe the world needs just one socialite who doesn’t insist the rich are inherently more cultured and sophisticated merely by being rich.

  4. austin mls says:

    If only everyone had the morals and common decency of Lloyd Grove.

    That’s quite a statement.

  5. charlene says:

    I HATE Paris Hilton. I am SOOOO sick and tired of hearing about that stupid, fake, orange, flat ass, flat chested, vain, greedy, talentless, raised b**ch. Can people PLEASE move on and talk about someone worth talking about. PLEASE