Paris Hilton: Fascinating?

Dana Stevens has an amusing essay in Slate looking at Barbara Walters’ The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2004, in which Paris Hilton finishes second.

In order to find entertainment in the Paris persona, one must simply accept that materialism, greed, and a naked desire for fame are highly valued attributes in our culture. After plugging her new perfume (is there really anyone out there who wants to smell like Paris Hilton?) and her soon-to-be-released album, Screwed (is there anyone out there who wants to listen to Paris Hilton?), Hilton characterized herself as the misunderstood girl-next-door, who plans to settle down and have children in the next two years. (“Is there a guy?” asks Barbara. “I’ll find one,” vows Hilton.)

I personally find it fascinating that many people find Hilton fascinating. At least Karl Rove was deemed to be more fascinating.

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  1. Bithead says:

    Some people find Bill Clinton so, as well.
    And oddly enough, for much the same reasoning.

    And as for Hilton; she’ll find a guy if she has to go hrough every damned one of them?