On one of the stops on her image rehabilitation tour, Paris Hilton told CNN’s Piers Morgan how devastated she was when her sex tape was released. “It’s something that changed my life forever,” she said. “You know, and I was a little girl, I looked up to people like Princess Diana and these women, and I feel like he [ex-boyfriend/sex tape partner Rick Salomon] took that away from me.”
It would be one thing if Paris’ tape really had been innocently leaked without her knowledge (a la Tyler Clementi, for example). But the fact that she profited financially from the tape and signed a contract to release it means that I do not feel sorry for her at all. And it’s not as if a sex tape is the only thing keeping Paris from being the American Princess Di. Diana was known for her charity work, and she fought tirelessly for her chosen campaigns. As for Paris, she announced after her release from prison that she was going to visit Rwanda for charity, but she’s never set foot in the country. And, as Barbara Walters pointed out, Paris was shown on her new reality show being physically dragged out of bed by an assistant the day that she was assigned to do a community service project. The only thing Paris has in common with Di is the hair, and even that’s a stretch.