Good news and bad news following last night's much-hyped post-prison interview between Paris Hilton and CNN's Larry King Live. The good news: The hotel heiress managed to stick to carefully scripted talking points ("I was treated like everyone else, no worse, no better.") These you may have found empathetic—vapid, but empathetic. She also did not attack the criminal justice system or the judge.
The bad news: The celebutante does not excel at hour-long, live televised interviews. Perhaps sound-bites are better suited to this bland "brand" of celebrity because extended conversations, well, destroyed the mystique.
The talking points morphed into bromides and catch-phrases for 12-step or recovery sessions. (Transcript here and video here.) "I have a new outlook on life," she solemnly said, looking into the camera. "But after being there a while, I had to accept that I could either make the best of it or make the worst of it. So I just went with the motto don't serve the time, let the time serve you."
Highlights: Miss Hilton's reading of her journals a la "Letters From the Birmingham Jail." ("They say when you reach a crossroad or a turning point in life, it really doesn't matter how we got there, but what we do next after we got there..It's neither a downfall nor a failure, but a new beginning.") Also, the claim of having read the Bible every day but unable to recall her favorite passage does not bode well for a "religious" girl brought up in Catholic schools.
The coup de grace: Larry King even managed to look surprised after the model-actress-reality show star insisted. with the most sincere expression, that she never abused alcohol or even experimented with drugs. “I just like to go out and have fun with my friends,“ she said. “I’m an Aquarius. We’re social people.”
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