Paris Hilton responds to McCain’s celebrity ad with her own

Never ever do I want to give Paris Hilton credit for anything. Ever. But today I have to. The heirhead managed to retaliate against John McCain’s stupid ad in a way that was both humorous and classy. At least for a Hilton. Paris’ mom Kathy went apeshit on McCain for mocking her daughter. And that’s understandable – any good mother would be peeved. But Paris is a grown woman, and actually did a pretty good job in her retaliation – even if it was conceived and written by someone else.

Paris Hilton has thrown her hat into the US presidential race, declaring her desire to campaign against “that wrinkly white-haired guy” and threatening to paint the White House pink if elected. The blond socialite responded to Republican candidate John McCain’s controversial use of her image in a campaign television spot last week with a satirical ad of her own posted on the website

In the ad, the 27-year-old appears reclining on a sun lounger beside a swimming pool, dressed only in a skimpy leopard-print bathing costume. “Hey America, I’m Paris Hilton and I’m a celebrity too,” Hilton declares breezily. “Only I’m not from the olden days and I’m not promising change like that other guy. I’m just hot! But then that wrinkly white-haired guy used me in his campaign ad, which I guess means I’m running for president. So thanks for the endorsement white-haired dude, and I want America to know I’m, like, totally ready to lead.”

Hilton then offers an alternative US energy strategy, suggesting that she plans to combine elements from McCain and Democratic rival Barack Obama’s policy platforms. “We can do limited offshore drilling with strict environmental oversight while creating tax incentives to get Detroit making hybrid and electric cars. … Energy crisis solved, I’ll see you at the debates, bitches!” Hilton then signs off by declaring that she is now mulling her choices for vice-president. “I’m thinking Rihanna,” she said, referring to the singer-songwriter.

“I’ll see you at the White House,” Hilton adds. “Oh, and I might paint it pink. Bye!”

[From Yahoo! News]

Hilton’s acting is generally a bit stiff and uncomfortable – pretty much what you’d expect. Yet she pulls off the harder lines much better than the funny, lighter ones. When she talks about oil drilling, you’d almost think she’s a decent actress. And if you’re me, you’re really surprised that she was able to read such big words. I don’t delude myself into thinking that Paris understood them, and she probably had them sounded out phonetically on big cue cards nearby. But I’m impressed, nonetheless.

The brains behind Hilton’s advert were contributors Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, who pitched the idea of filming the spot to Hilton.

“She got it that the McCain thing was a low blow,” McKay told AFP. “And she felt she didn’t want to return it with angry fire, and that this was the best way to respond. It’s a playful jab.”

Henchy and McKay both believe Hilton is more intelligent than her tabloid persona lets on.

“She’s a lot smarter than people give her credit for,” Henchy said.

[From Yahoo! News]

Chris Henchy is Brooke Shield’s husband. And I’m praying to God that he’s just being kind. He’s married to one of the smartest actresses out there. I seriously doubt he was duped into thinking Paris Hilton has two IQ points to rub together. But obviously he’s not going to go around and say, “Hey, this celebrity who was nice enough to mock herself for our website is a total moron!” I don’t think. Either way, it’s a pretty funny response to McCain’s ridiculous advertisement, which was a lame attempt at humor. It’s kind of pathetic when the response is so much better than the original ad.

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Paris HIlton is shown at the launch of her footwear collection on 7/29/08 at Macys in Las Vegas. Credit: Chris Connor / WENN

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  1. daisy424 says:

    I don’t like this woman or her family, but the ad was funny.

  2. vdantev says:

    So cute, it’s almost like she’s aware of the outside world.

  3. elisha says:

    Sheeesh, Yahoo news. She was dressed in a “bathing costume”? Was she also dancing the Charleston and talking on one of those newfangled telephones?

  4. Jaclyn says:

    wow, you almost couldn’t tell she was reading from cue cards!

  5. SixxKitty says:

    My puppy pisses on it’s leg. It should be President!! (film at eleven!)

  6. Lauri says:

    Can’t stand her, but I have to give credit where it is due. That was just plain funny.

  7. Syko says:

    I caught the ad on TV last night, really pretty funny.

  8. All Adither says:

    Am I the only one who thought Paris’ retort was dumb? It didn’t do her any favors at all.

  9. Kaiser says:

    It was funny, and well-written. Props go to Henchy & McKay, not Paris.

  10. geronimo says:

    It IS funny and although I deeply resent her for making me say this, I actually thought her delivery was pretty good as well. Sh*t, slippery slope. I’ll be saying she’s got nice long elegant feet next. 😯

  11. Curly Fry says:

    Y’know what, I like it. Argh. Yesterday I felt compelled to be be complimentary of Denise, and now Paris too?!!??!!! When will the insanity end? 🙄

    I think the ad was just the right amount of snarky…the acting was dry, but hey, it is still Paris. So, really my compliments to the writers.

  12. L says:

    She was shown for 3 seconds in the McCain ad, and I would hardly call it mocking or offensive to her… the ad said Obama was a celebrity, while showing pictures of celebrities. Aren’t Britney and Paris two of the most recognized celebrites? I didn’t care for the ad at all, but it was three additional seconds of exposure for Paris, which we all know she loves. Here she is just taking advantage of the situation to further advance that exposure. So I don’t know what is so impressive about that, it’s same old Paris Hilton. I don’t like her any more or less for it.

  13. C says:

    I agree with L:
    It’s about Paris taking advantage of any fame thrown her way. And I get that it’s a joke but what really gets me is the fine edge of sanctimony in this video. As if Paris Hilton hasn’t presented herself to the world as a barbie-fied blow-up doll and we should be ashamed of ourselves for not taking her seriously. C’mon.

  14. leuce7 says:

    As if Paris Hilton hasn’t presented herself to the world as a barbie-fied blow-up doll and we should be ashamed of ourselves for not taking her seriously.

    That’s exactly the point–the first part is, anyhow. Paris has never presented herself and anything other than that, and no one does take her seriously. So, she’s the perfect celebrity analogy to Barack Obama, right? Because he’s just like her?

    Come on. The ad (written by others, not Paris) is a wonderful ironical jab at the ridiculousness of the campaign ad McCain’s camp ran. And McKay and Henchy take advantage of Paris’s willingness to be in the spotlight, while getting across funny political commentary and actually making Paris look smarter than usual in the process. Everyone wins.

  15. geronimo says:

    L&C – The ad makers are using Paris to demonstrate the dire level McCain’s campaign has sunk to. Paris is being sent up as much as McCain, whether she knows it or not. Responding to Dumb with Dumber but with dumber, in this case PH, coming out on top. Satire.

  16. Anna says:

    I also loathe the heirhead, but that was funny and classy! My only worry now is: aren’t there gonna be Americans who are going to try to vote for her in the polls? I mean, she does have fans (how else would you explain her launch of ratty hair extensions for example or the run on mini-chihuahas), so this is a legitimate worry, isn’t it?

  17. Orangejulius says:

    Very funny and decent delivery. Love that it hits him right where he deserves it – his age – even if I am (almost) old myself!

  18. daisy424 says:

    Anna; I know, right?
    Don’t worry, she won’t get her wish to paint the white house pink.

  19. Bob says:

    I think this video works in McCain’s favor. After picturing Paris as a political candidate, it actually makes the point of how unqualified for office Obama is.

  20. L says:

    My thought on the reason Paris and Britney are featured in the ad is because of the kind of celebrity they are. If McCain is trying to point out that Obama has achieved celebrity status more than anything else, why would he feature widely respected celebrities who have earned their celebrity status? He could have chosen Brad Pitt or Madonna, but that would not have illustrated his point.

    Paris Hilton got three more seconds of exposure and she was portrayed for who she is. How can she have an issue with that? She doesn’t. She doesn’t care about anything but exposure, which is why she signed on for this new ad.

  21. geronimo says:

    On the contrary, Bob, it makes McCain look like he’s completely and totally out of touch and clueless when it comes to assessing what might or might not go down well with the voting public. But then, being a techno-phobe, it’s hardly surprising. The internet is actually a very useful tool for getting a fu*king clue.

  22. Kaiser says:

    But Geronimo, McCain has made numerous statements that he’s “aware of the internet”… and I’m aware of his senility.

  23. JoGirl says:

    I can’t believe Paris Hilton has actually done something that I like. What is the world coming to?

    Bob, I think you’re right that for people who didn’t find the original ad ridiculous, Paris’ response won’t change their opinion. For the rest of us, this video makes McCain’s ad seem even funnier and more inappropriate than before.

  24. Linda says:

    I cannot stand Paris Hilton and it pains me to give her credit for anything – but this was funny!

    As for McCain – he is so out of touch – he just made a comment the other day about his wife being in the Sturgis Beauty Contest – hey John, it’s a biker beauty contest where the contestants appear topless!! Get a clue!!!

    IMO, the ad made McCain look stupid – Paris Hilton one upping him, makes him really look stupid, and wanting his wife to be in a Sturgis Topless beauty contest makes him look like a total idiot.

  25. Snowblood says:

    That was really cute! I really liked that; that was a classy ANd funny riposte to the wrinkly, white-haired old dude. Brava, Paris & Funny or Die – Good one!

  26. Kristin says:

    I thought it was stupid. Not funny @ all. And I want to punch her in that baby talking face of hers.

  27. Mairead says:

    just saw a bit of it on the news – I thought it was amusing enough.

  28. jaundicemachine says:

    I credit her with being a good sport and going along with the joke, but that’s about it. You know she doesn’t have the mental capacity or the wherewithal to orchestrate such a divine burn. (And it truly is a nice little spank – kudos to her for staying sober for an afternoon to pull it off.)

    I’d say that we’ll see how pissed she really is when she sallies on up to the polls, but last I heard, the bitch isn’t even a registered voter.

  29. lunachick says:

    Love it…though I really do NOT love that our Republican candidate is reducing the discourse to this level. Hello…our economy is impolding, can’t we talk about THAT?

    Anna, I suspect any write-in votes she gets are going to come from former McLame supporters.

  30. sam says:

    lol. see you at the debates bi***es.


    “THINK PINK” IN ’08

  32. takun08 says:

    I’ll vote for Paris Hilton. ^^