In 2020, Paris Hilton presented a documentary titled ‘This Is Paris’ which set out to show the real person behind her stardom.
Paris, great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton hotel chain, was one of the biggest stars of the early 2000s thanks to her proximity to the upper class and her ability to capture the attention of the paparazzi.
In 2003, together with her best friend Nicole Richie, she hosted the reality show ‘The Simple Life’ on Fox, which boosted the global fame of both of them.
Made at a time when reality television hadn’t yet taken over our screens, the groundbreaking program followed Paris and Nicole as they gave up their lives of luxury to experience the world as working-class people.
They were filmed doing heavy labor and trying to complete basic tasks, such as washing their own laundry and ironing on an ironing board.
In particular, Paris has often presented herself as a “dumb blonde,” and before the release of her documentary, she admitted that all of this was just an interpretation.
During an interview on Australian TV show ‘Daybreak’, Paris revealed that she even modified her natural voice when on camera to sound less intelligent.
She then provided an explanation by stating that she has “participated in a personality” for 13 years and that the industry has “never really acknowledged” who she really is.
When asked why she decided to reveal her true self now, Paris replied: “For my legacy and for what I wanted to be remembered. I don’t want to be remembered as an empty head. I want to be respected for the entrepreneur who I am”.
It’s fair to say that she handled the narrative perfectly, with Paris gaining major new recognition after she spoke about her difficult childhood on This Is Paris.
The documentary and subsequent interviews were also successful in repositioning Paris as an astute business person and she is consistently lauded on social media for the way she has deftly transformed herself into a 2000s icon.
In 2021, she signed a deal with Netflix for a six-episode reality show called Cooking With Paris, which has included appearances by some of her famous friends of hers, including Kim Kardashian.
She also recently presented a collection of NFTs, starred in a reality series called Paris In Love and produced a podcast called Trapped In Therapy inspired by her difficult experience in a youth care facility in her childhood.
On the other hand, many people have recently become confused by the transformation of Paris’ image and have wondered how her career in entertainment has managed to thrive despite her long history of problematic comments and behavior.
Unknown or simply forgotten by many, Paris has over the years been caught on video uttering racial and homophobic slurs, and even defended Donald Trump until 2017.
One of the more famous photos was actually stolen from Paris’ personal archives in 2004. For a quick pop culture recap, Paris kept famous personal items in storage between moves.
When he failed to pay a $208 deposit fee, all of the contents were sold to an unknown buyer before being purchased by David Hans Schmitt and Bardia Persa.
In 2007, they created a website called parisexposed.com, where they posted things found in the unit and charged fans $39.97 a month to access them.
Among the personal items shared were medical bills that revealed sensitive information, the phone numbers of her celebrity friends, a personal diary, medical prescriptions, bank statements and home movies.
One of the most movement photos displays Paris and her more youthful sister, Nicky Hilton, dancing in combination at a space birthday party to the Infamous B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize.” Whilst dancing with exaggerated actions, Paris approaches the virtual digital camera and says: “We’re like two niggers!”
Somewhere else within the clip, she describes each and every different partygoer as a “fucking hoodlum broke, deficient bitch from, like, Compton. Public school bitch!” and again and again calls a male friend a “faggot.”
Then in 2020, Jezebel had been despatched archival parisexposed.com pictures of Paris making a song a parody of “We Are Circle of relatives” through Sister Sledge, the place she modified the lyrics to: “I’m a fats unsightly Jewish bitch / I’m somewhat bit jap-y Jew / I’m somewhat bit Black whore, I am getting fucked within the butt for coke / I’m a nigger and I’m Black and I scouse borrow shit.”
In 2007, Elliot Mintz, Paris Hilton’s then-publicist, responded to leaks about Hilton’s use of racist and anti-Semitic language on New Year’s Eve six years earlier. In an interview with Page Six, Mintz stated that he would not attempt to spin the situation and acknowledged that the incident did occur. He also admitted that everyone has used words they regret and emphasized that Hilton was only 20 years old at the time and had been drinking. Mintz asserted that Hilton sincerely regrets using those words and is not a racist or anti-Semite.
Not only does the content of Paris Hilton’s garage locker paint a troubling picture of the celebrity, but a Daily Mail reporter claimed to have seen a video of Hilton three years before the leak that has never been made public.
Carole Aye Maung mentioned that she was once once showed pictures of Paris calling two Black males “dumb niggers” behind their over again after they approached her and her former friend Brandon Davis to invite if she would type for his or her kind line. Paris’s reps declined to statement on the time.
In 2009, Mark Ebner published a book titled Six Degrees of Paris Hilton, in which he repeated a similar story from five years earlier. Ebner recalled Hilton referring to the men as “dirty” instead of “dumb,” but the rest of the encounter remained largely the same.
Paris responded to recent accusations with an observation stating, “I’m deeply hurt by recent stories. Anyone who knows me knows that this is not me. I love everyone and am not a person who discriminates against anyone – ever.” However, her companion at the time, Brandon, refuted her statement and claimed that she frequently used the N-word despite being advised not to. According to him, she found it amusing, and he described her as both a racist and an idiot.
“Every Black specific person she referred to was once once a nigger,” he added. “She makes use of the attention always, and I’ve recognized her all of her life. It’s ‘nigger this’ and ‘nigger that.’ She’s a shame. She is a racist!”
Brandon also revealed that Paris made derogatory remarks about Jews and other minorities, which he found depressing as a Jewish person. He eventually had enough of her attitude and ended their friendship six months prior to speaking out. He expressed his strong disapproval of Paris and stated that he did not want anything to do with her as she was not a good person.
In 2006, LA party planner Brian Quintana obtained a restraining order against Paris after claiming that she verbally abused him by calling him a “lazy Mexican” and harassing him with numerous abusive phone calls.
Additionally, in his book “Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness,” celebrity profiler Neil Strauss alleged that Paris made offensive comments during a conversation with him in 2011.
According to celebrity profiler Neil Strauss’s recollection in his book “Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness,” Paris allegedly made offensive remarks in 1999 about not wanting to date Black men. She reportedly told Neil that she had been on a date with someone from the film Saving Private Ryan, but left abruptly when she realized he was Black, stating, “I can’t stand Black guys. I would never touch one. It’s gross.” When Neil asked how Black an individual needed to be for her to consider them unattractive, she allegedly replied, “One percent is enough for me.”
However, Paris’s spokesperson denied these allegations and called them ridiculous and untrue, claiming that they were fabricated for financial gain. Despite this denial, no legal action was taken. The following year, in 2012, an audio recording obtained by RadarOnline captured Paris making anti-gay comments during a taxi ride, which were recorded by the driver.
Paris Hilton and a friend were reportedly discussing the LGBTQ+ dating app Grindr, when Paris made the following comments: “Homosexual men are the horniest people in the world. They’re disgusting. Dude, maximum of them probably have AIDS.” Later in the conversation, Paris added: “I could be so scared if I were a gay man. You can, like, die of AIDS.”
Following the controversy, Paris’ representative defended her, stating that her comments were meant to convey the message that having unprotected sex can lead to life-threatening diseases, which is dangerous for anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation.
According to her representative, Paris Hilton did not intend to make derogatory comments about the entire LGBTQ+ community. The representative emphasized that Paris is a staunch supporter of the community and would never intentionally make any negative remarks about someone’s sexual orientation.
More recently, Paris reluctantly admitted that she voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election during an appearance on an Australian TV show. This is despite previously stating that she follows her mother’s advice of not discussing money or politics, in an interview with CNBC. Paris had previously referred to Trump as a “really nice guy” and a “very sweet person” whom she likes a lot on a personal level. When asked if he got her final vote, she eventually told the presenters: “I’ve known him since I was a little girl, so yes.”
The following year, Paris dismissed the controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s recorded comments about women, saying in an interview with Marie Claire, “I have heard men say the craziest things ever, because I am always around guys, and I listen to them talk.” She went on to accuse the women who accused Trump of sexual assault as “just trying to get attention and get status.”
However, when she released her documentary in 2020, Rolling Stone reported that Paris claimed to have been “disappointed” with Trump’s presidency.
While many of the leaked videos featuring Paris have been removed from the internet, they have not been forgotten by some people. Over the weekend, a Reddit user sparked a conversation by asking why it seems like everyone has forgotten about Paris Hilton’s history of racist and homophobic remarks. One theory put forward was that Paris has gained a new generation of fans who were not around when these scandals took place.
One person responded to the Reddit thread by saying that they don’t necessarily believe that people have forgotten about Paris Hilton’s controversial past, but rather that the new wave of Paris fans who emerged during her recent resurgence were not old enough to have followed her in the early 2000s.
Another commenter speculated that sometimes people forget, sometimes they outright excuse it, sometimes they don’t know in the first place, and sometimes they are simply nostalgic for the era she represents rather than actually liking her.
Another person noted that many things are easy for the public to forget when you are a rich, blonde, white woman.
And yet another person concluded that Paris Hilton’s rebrand has been so effective that it is not causing people to look back at her controversial past.
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