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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: Red Steel
Paris's got those "Hilton" genes - she's probably one smart cookie under all that air head persona. Gracie Allen ran the business - as did Lucy, of I Love Lucy fame - and as they're pointing out - Madonna. McCain should not be buying the illusion. It dates him as a 50's guy...
21 posted on 08/05/2008 12:30:06 PM PDT by GOPJ (What someone thinks is going to happen is not news. After it happens it is news. - Sowell)
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To: Red Steel
Paris is just jealous.

McCain and Spears: Dream Ticket 2008

22 posted on 08/05/2008 12:30:12 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Red Steel
you cannot use a person’ image to sell anything without their approval

How does the paparazzi stay in business?

23 posted on 08/05/2008 12:30:29 PM PDT by bird4four4 (Behead those who suggest Islam is violent!)
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To: Red Steel

“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.


24 posted on 08/05/2008 12:30:57 PM PDT by hoe_cake ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." MTwain)
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To: Red Steel

http://newsbusters.org/stories/mccain_not_first_compare_obama_paris_hilton.html

Why didn’t she sue Obama? He’s the one who made the comparison first. That’s where McCain’s people got the idea.


25 posted on 08/05/2008 12:31:25 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Red Steel

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.


26 posted on 08/05/2008 12:31:29 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Red Steel

Well they might as well sue the Morning Joe show for calling her a “skank” no less than 3xs this AM.


27 posted on 08/05/2008 12:31:34 PM PDT by chalkfarmer
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To: Red Steel

With enemies like Paris Hilton, who needs friends?


28 posted on 08/05/2008 12:33:07 PM PDT by mojito
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To: Red Steel

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.”
...


30 posted on 08/05/2008 12:33:50 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: WoofDog123
and has kept out of trouble

Except for that going to jail thing.

31 posted on 08/05/2008 12:34:08 PM PDT by RJL
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To: Red Steel

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?


32 posted on 08/05/2008 12:34:41 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Red Steel

This is baloney

Hilton is a celebrity, and her image can therefore be used this way

liberal judge and lawyers


33 posted on 08/05/2008 12:36:06 PM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: Red Steel
Simply stated, you cannot use a person’ image to sell anything without their approval and likely a large check.

Minor point but what would be the product that McCain is "selling"?

34 posted on 08/05/2008 12:38:00 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: montag813

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?


35 posted on 08/05/2008 12:38:28 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Red Steel
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 ....

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.

36 posted on 08/05/2008 12:39:17 PM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: Red Steel
Simply stated, you cannot use a person’ image to sell anything

These people are in the public domain. And exactly what product is McCain selling? Idiots...

37 posted on 08/05/2008 12:39:34 PM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be at least a "Jackie Robinson.")
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To: Red Steel

Should be easy, all Paris has to prove is that she is not a pig...looking forward to it.


38 posted on 08/05/2008 12:39:36 PM PDT by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism)
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To: Red Steel
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.

spare me...please...

39 posted on 08/05/2008 12:40:35 PM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be at least a "Jackie Robinson.")
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To: ltc8k6

How about a class action suit against Obama by those who cling to their guns and religion?


40 posted on 08/05/2008 12:41:13 PM PDT by getitright
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