Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz have “White Trash” themed party

Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz out on 10/4/08. Credit: WENN

Emo couple Ashlee Simpson and her new husband, musician Pete Wentz, had a “white trash” themed 24th birthday party for Ashlee. The tasteless soiree was held at Ashlee’s parents’ home on Friday and featured a feast of corn dogs, macaroni and cheese, and cheap beer that some guests drank out of paper bags. Host Pete wore a fake mullet and a tank top while pregnant Ashlee, who is due to have her first child at the end of next month, sported a fake tattoo on her large belly.

Both Life & Style and People have the details, which kind of supplement each other so I’ll include some highlights from each:

Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz held one last party on October 3 in LA (to celebrate Ashlee’s 24th bday) before heading off into the sunset as young parents. Their theme? “White Trash.” “They had people come over in costume and dress up in white trash,” a source tells Life & Style. “Wife-beater tank tops, jeans, trucker hats, mullets, – the works. And a lot of beer. Some were drinking beer out of paper bags. It was really hysterical.” The beer of choice in the paper bags? “Pabst Blue Ribbon – PBR.” Ashlee wasn’t drinking it of course!

[From Life and Style received via e-mail]

People has the details of the hosts’ outfits, which paint an even more questionable picture:

“It had a white-trash theme,” says a guest who attended the bash at Simpson’s parents’ home in Encino. “Ashlee wore Daisy Dukes and platform flip-flops with a bathing suit and a fake tattoo around her belly.”

The singer celebrated with friends and family including husband Pete Wentz, dad Joe and sister Jessica.

“Joe wore a cut-off muscle T-shirt and a mullet wig. It was funny,” says a guest. “Jessica was wearing a crazy leopard-print dress that showed off a lot of cleavage.”

The menu included corn dogs, macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers and French fries.

With her first child due next month, an exhausted Simpson-Wentz headed home early, missing party guests Christina Aguilera, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, who dropped by after hitting Gwen Stefani’s birthday party earlier that night.

[From People]

Life and Style adds that the perky fringe-banged couple is considering a move to NY after the baby comes to “minimize the paparazzi experience and celebrity exposure.” That’s doubtful considering how much they both court the press. I’m only surprised that we haven’t seen the photos of this party yet considering that it was a Simpson affair. This baby is going to hit the newsstands in some kind of exclusive spread three to four weeks after birth.

Many people find “white trash” to be a derogatory and dismissive term that unfairly labels poor people, particularly those that live in the country or the south. Our friend Michelle over at “White Trash Mom” sees it as term that people can reclaim. In her view, it’s not a negative to be called “White Trash” and it just means you’re normal and not perfect. She thinks most of us have a little white trash inside.

What do you think? Is it harmless fun or kind of mean to have a “White Trash” themed party?

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  1. Lauri says:

    A white trash themed party? Doesn’t sound like much of a stretch for those two.

  2. Syko says:

    Who would know how to do it better?

    Food sounds great, though!

  3. Kaiser says:

    Ten bucks says that Jessica didn’t even know the theme when she got dressed.

    I don’t think it’s horrible to call some white trash or a redneck. If the mullet fits…

  4. minda says:

    lol Kaiser that was hilarious about Jessica…

  5. Sunny says:

    I don’t think it’s appropriate for the super-rich to be mocking the poor.
    At the very least, it’s horribly insensitive.

  6. kate says:

    wouldn’t that be every party these two have?

  7. JaundiceMachine says:

    It’s fun to pretend to be poor. It’s not fun to actually be poor. Jerks.

  8. anony says:

    I agree with Sunny and Jaundice. Christ almighty, especially in this hostile economic climate. Shit is going downhill and fast. So yeah, let’s play poor and dress up!

    I’m an average middle class mule and I’ve had friends who have done this before and I thought it was lame when they did it, too. Some people might say ‘oh they’re just having fun!’ But it’s not like the Simpsons (or Wentz) came from money. They could easily be considered white trash by, say, some old money east coasters who wouldn’t even give them the time of day. Eh.

    To me the whole ‘White Trash party’ theme is as tepid and unoriginal as the other hackneyed ‘party theme’ of ‘Pimps and Hos’. I think those two have been done and beaten into the ground by every
    fraternity, cheesy night club, you name it. Please. Come up with some better shit. It’s become mainstream not edgy.

  9. anony says:

    Oh, yeah- and if I went to a party my father was attending I would NOT be wearing a massive cleavage dress. That’s just creepy and weird. I keep thinking of his famous quote ‘She has double Ds! Those suckers can’t be covered up!’ Or something to that effect. Just mind blowing.

  10. Jeanne says:

    I can’t think of 2 crappier or lamer parents to be than these two. Grow the f*ck up!

  11. snappyfish says:

    That should be easy enough for them to plan. Use their everyday life as model.

  12. chaz says:

    well… they already have all the stuff, and pretty much that’s their mentality anyway! i’m gonna have a poser celebrity party for my birthday.

  13. JaundiceMachine says:

    If you’re going to throw a party like that – fine. (I’ve unintentionally had similarly themed parties. Sans fake mullets, of course.)
    Just don’t shamelessly leak it to the tabloids in a transparent attempt to make yourself look cool. You just end up looking like an even bigger douchebag than you did before.

  14. cara says:

    Doesn’t anyone else think it’s weird that they “party” with their parents? How much fun could that be?

  15. dumdee says:

    lame people with even lamer ideas