• Thu, Jun 2 2011

Barbara Walters Isn’t Buying Paris Hilton’s Reformed Act, and Neither Am I

Paris Hilton has a new reality show coming out, and she’s doing pre-premiere interviews to try and rehabilitate her image. The show, The World According to Paris, airs on the Oxygen network and purports to show a kinder, gentler side of Ms. Hilton even though in the show’s first episode (which aired yesterday), she strips down to almost nothing and gets in the bathtub and then stands around in nothing but a towel while she chats with her mom, Kathy Hilton. The episode also featured Paris’ new bestie and recent Charlie Sheen ex-wife Brooke Mueller, who has been in rehab recently.

In an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, Paris started crying when she talked about her sex tape with ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon and said that it hurt her to think she’d have to explain it to her kids someday. She had her mother by her side to comfort her during the interview.

However, there’s one person who isn’t buying Paris’ new image, and that’s Barbara Walters. This morning on The View, Barbara took Paris to task for not following through on her court-ordered community service. Paris – and, of course, her mom – tried to say that Paris’ comments where she complained about having to go to work were “played up” for the cameras. “Why not present that side,” said Barbara (after Paris protested that she was very involved in giving back to the community and helping others, “If it exists?”

Word, Barbara. Paris can protest all she wants that deep down she’s a good person, but until her actions indicate otherwise there’s no reason to believe her. Sure, she can say she’s “joking” or trying to be funny and entertaining for her new show, but all her statements just come across as disingenuous. In the episode, she gets forcibly yanked out of bed by her assistant on days when she has to do community service, and that speaks a million times louder than any publicist-penned statement about how much she wants to help people. And Kathy Hilton should be ashamed of herself. There’s certainly nothing wrong with loving your daughter, but Kathy has reached enabler status when it comes to Paris and her missteps. Paris is dragging her mom on interviews in order to make herself look warm, loving, and family-oriented, and it smacks of a setup. I’m not buying what Paris is selling, and no one else should either.

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