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Hiltonís May Pull McCain Donations, Paris Can Sue McCain
Hollywood Today ^ | August 5th, 2008 | Jeffrey Jolson

Posted on 08/05/2008 12:18:51 PM PDT by Red Steel

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 8/5/08 — There has been a major backfire with presidential candidate John McCain’s TV ads comparing Barack Obama’s rock-star status and intelligence to celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

Not only has the highly- influentional Hilton family struck back, who once donated to McCain’s campaign, about the affront to their offspring, fans across the nation are riled by the commercials offending their women, no matter how controversial they may be.

Moreover, Paris can sue McCain in many states who have “right of publicity laws.” Simply stated, you cannot use a person’ image to sell anything without their approval and likely a large check. Try using Michael Jordan’s face in your TV ad without permission and see how many lawyers call by 9 a.m..

The question will be is selling votes a sale? Political speech, like HT has First Amendment rights to run a public figure, yet TV ads may be an exception – yet this may be a question for the Supreme Court. Obama may wish to run a Bruce Springsteen song or face on his ads, but he can’t without permission.

A spokesman for Paris Hilton complained that “Miss Hilton was not asked, nor did she give permission for the use of her likeness in the ad.”

Paris may be blonde, but like Madonna, is anything but dumb. She has multiple corporations, a fashion line, makes her TV appearances and board meetings on time and has kept out of trouble. She is still young and rich, so subject to any rock star-like messes – but she can be cool as any CEO.

Similar with Britney, who is worth as much many women in business. Yet McCain played them as bimbos and compared them to Obama as one. McCain on Friday denied that his campaign had taken a negative turn, saying, “We think it’s got a lot of humor in it, we’re having fun and enjoying it.”

Paris Hilton’s mother doesn’t share McCain’s frivolity. On Sunday, Hilton’s mother, Kathy Hilton, a McCain donor, registered her disapproval, calling the ad “a complete waste of the money John McCain’s contributors have donated to his campaign.”

Kathy Hilton and her husband donated a total of $4,600 to McCain’s campaign earlier this year.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; airhead; apostropheabuse; celebrity; ditzybroad; donors; electionads; firstamendment; hilton; hollywood; intellectualproperty; judiciary; mccain; obama; parishilton; poorpoorrinos; scotus
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To: fightinbluhen51

“In the words of Ben Stiler as Hutch”

He was Starsky actually.


101 posted on 08/09/2008 7:50:02 AM PDT by Niuhuru (Don't burn a bra, burn a feminist!)
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To: Red Steel

Didn’t Grandpa Hilton disinherit Paris because of her slutty ways?


102 posted on 08/09/2008 7:54:20 AM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Tzimisce
You know, having the hatred of the Hiltons might be good for his campaign.

I agree. This is actually a good thing for McCain.

103 posted on 08/09/2008 7:56:18 AM PDT by dfwgator ( This tag blank until football season.)
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To: peggybac

“Didn’t Grandpa Hilton disinherit Paris because of her slutty ways?”

Here’s the link:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1873569/posts


104 posted on 08/09/2008 7:57:16 AM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Tzimisce
"...I’m sure Paris was really damaged by McCain’s ads...."

I think the whole dust-up is simply a reason to point out the McCain "gaffe", just like his "gaffe" over BHO's tire-pressure proposal, which, of course "backfired" on McCain.

Only in media fantasy land, of course.

105 posted on 08/09/2008 8:08:35 AM PDT by daler
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To: Red Steel
Obama hates rich people anyway. Let them vote for him if they want. If they supported McCain then they should stick up for McCain instead their brain-dead communist relative.
106 posted on 08/10/2008 7:31:39 PM PDT by Force of Truth (Legalize the Constitution::::The power to tax is the power to kill.)
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