Skip to comments.Hiltonís May Pull McCain Donations, Paris Can Sue McCain
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 McCains TV ads comparing Barack Obamas 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 McCains 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 Jordans 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 cant 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 its got a lot of humor in it, were having fun and enjoying it.
Paris Hiltons mother doesnt share McCains frivolity. On Sunday, Hiltons mother, Kathy Hilton, a McCain donor, registered her disapproval, calling the ad a complete waste of the money John McCains contributors have donated to his campaign.
Kathy Hilton and her husband donated a total of $4,600 to McCains campaign earlier this year.
How does the paparazzi stay in business?
“Similar with Britney, who is worth as much many women in business”
Jeffrey Jolson and the editors of this rag need to proofread their drivel a tad bit better.
Why didn’t she sue Obama? He’s the one who made the comparison first. That’s where McCain’s people got the idea.
Paris’ mommy also cried about the injustice of having her daughter actually be punished for not obeying the laws little people have to obey. If the Hilton sisters are braindead celebrity whores they can blame it on their mother the enabler.
Well they might as well sue the Morning Joe show for calling her a “skank” no less than 3xs this AM.
With enemies like Paris Hilton, who needs friends?
The Senator’s Humble Beginning
Rising Star Barack Obama Is Resolutely Down to Earth
By Mark Leibovich
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 24, 2005; Page C01
There’s nothing exotic or complicated about how phenoms are made in Washington, and, more to the point, how they are broken.
“Andy Warhol said we all get our 15 minutes of fame,” says Barack Obama. “I’ve already had an hour and a half. I mean, I’m so overexposed, I’m making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.”
Except for that going to jail thing.
How was McCain’s ad “insulting” to Ms. Hilton? It merely showed her and called her a “celebrity”. Is that not what Kathy Hilton has been driving her daughters to for their whole lives?
This is baloney
Hilton is a celebrity, and her image can therefore be used this way
liberal judge and lawyers
Minor point but what would be the product that McCain is "selling"?
Paris Hilton has a TV REALITY show where she plays herself as a celebrity who is a bimbo.
now McCain portrays her as a bimbo.
seriously, are they trying to say by association that Obama is NOT like them?
My understanding is that political ads are immune from suit ... look at the lies and distortions they all use year after year, campaign after campaign. But this commercial did not sell anything, it was not a revenue advertisement. Not a lawyer, but I'd like to have more than this excuse as a reason to bring action, seek damages.
These people are in the public domain. And exactly what product is McCain selling? Idiots...
Should be easy, all Paris has to prove is that she is not a pig...looking forward to it.
How about a class action suit against Obama by those who cling to their guns and religion?