Where Did it All Go Wrong For Paris Hilton?


Paris Hilton is proof that relying on being a tabloid trend can really come around to haunt you:
Paris Hilton's television comeback hit the pause button this week after a disastrous interview on "The View," canceled press appointments and lackluster ratings for the premiere of her Oxygen reality show, "The World According to Paris."
Hilton was so distraught after being thrown tough questions by "View" co-host Barbara Walters on Wednesday that she screamed at a producer backstage.
Hilton and her mother, Kathy, appeared on "The View" to promote her new show. Walters criticized Hilton for complaining in the first episode about her 200 hours of community service. She also questioned Hilton's claims of doing charity work and her desire to help other female prisoners -- neither of which is seen on the Oxygen show. Walters asked, "Why not present that side of yourself, if indeed it exists?"
It's difficult to promote something when people are getting in your face, but Paris Hilton should learn to expect two things: she's not going to get a pass for her behavior and she's not going to be able to maintain interest in her public persona unless she continues to add fodder for the people who criticize her behavior. She's on an endless kind of gerbil wheel now, trying to run faster and faster so people stay interested in her and, the reality is, there's nothing there to hold the interest of the public. She has to have something beyond what she's currently selling to do that. And the people have moved on, apparently.

For the most part, no one is going to confuse Barbara Walters with a journalist anymore. She's there to sell things, and that's why her show exists--it's there to market and sell and promote things to an audience that is dwindling by the moment. Paris Hilton, in contrast, is a smart and savvy businesswoman, despite what you may have heard. The fact that she is behind the power curve on the value of her own image right now is the real news story.