This Generation's Donald Trump
Paris Hilton deserves more than an apology for that false World Cup pot bust
Paris Hilton is at least as smart a businessperson as Donald Trump and George Steinbrenner (and that's no knock on either Trump or Steinbrenner, who like Paris both had mega-rich fathers).
Paris built herself into a powerhouse international brand — without relying on the family name. She's not famous because she's a Hilton. She's famous because she's Paris. That's a hard trick to pull off, one that requires much more skill than any once-supposed blonde bimbo could ever possess. Yes, Paris was always smarter than you thought.
Which made her arrest for pot possession at the World Cup hard to believe from the beginning. (It's not hard to fathom Paris smoking pot, it's the doing it in the midst of the world's biggest sporting event in public, blatantly enough to get caught, part that made it dubious. Again, Paris is not dumb).
So, it's no big surprise that all the charges against Hilton were dropped within hours of the incident. Of course, by then Paris Hilton's name and arrest had been in headlines around the globe on the Internet. The South African police made the unusual step of coming out and apologizing to Hilton for the misunderstanding, but that's really not enough.
Paris had her name besmirched in the international press for something she had little to do with. Jennifer Rovero — a former Playmate who works for Paris as a photographer (yes, Paris has Playmates with legit jobs in her entourage) — copped to the marijuana and was told to pay $1,000 or spend 30 days in jail.
It doesn't matter if you think that Rovero is just covering for her boss or not (dubious), can you imagine if a Trump or a Steinbrenner were put in the same situation? They'd be banging their fist on a podium at a news conference, demanding that someone pay.
Paris? She just sweetly tweets, "Hey guys, there's a lot of crazy rumors going around. Just want you all to know the truth. Everything is completely fine. I was not charged or arrested, cause I didn't do anything."
That's Paris Hilton, brilliant and forgiving.