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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: ridesthemiles

Indeed he SHOULD apologize to Paris Hilton for comparing Barack Hussein Obama’s intelligence to hers. She’s not THAT dumb!


51 posted on 08/05/2008 12:49:41 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (http://www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html or try http://astore.amazon.com/bemasnebo-20)
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To: Red Steel

Since when did Paris worry about attention? At least they used one that didn’t show all the unclothed anatomy of many Paris pictures available to just about everyone.


52 posted on 08/05/2008 12:49:43 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: Alia
Did she really mean a "complete" waste???

I think she meant it was like totally completely wasted.

53 posted on 08/05/2008 12:51:43 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Citizen Blade

He’s in the public domain...I think you have some leeway when you’re dealing with celebrities esp if we’re dealing with ideas not endorsements.

I fail to see where Hilton and Britney are endorsing McCain. What they represent in the ad is an “idea” a persona of American culture. The same as Marilyn Monroe.

Hey, let’s face it. Any attorney can file a lawsuit on anything they wish, and if they can convince a jury prevail..

I think it would be expensive and illadvised to sue, but I wish they would.


54 posted on 08/05/2008 12:52:23 PM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be at least a "Jackie Robinson.")
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To: nikos1121

Oh please, what a pants load this is. Only leftists are upset and Paris can’t be sued for being thought a slut, she is.


55 posted on 08/05/2008 12:54:26 PM PDT by DeLaine
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To: MozarkDawg
But a political ad is NOT a commercial purpose/venture as such, so how do you opine this to fall into that category?

It doesn't matter. The Red Cross is a non-profit organization, but they couldn't use a celebrity's name or face for their ads without their permission.

A celebrity has legal right to their name and face, generally. You need their permission to use them for any purpose. The media gets a pass under the 1st Amendment as they are just reporting the news (no matter how inane, in the case of celebrities).

56 posted on 08/05/2008 12:54:31 PM PDT by Citizen Blade ("Please... I go through everyone's trash." The Question)
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To: Red Steel

McCain is one of the few men who has made a video featuring Paris dressed.


57 posted on 08/05/2008 12:55:10 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: silverleaf

The Hiltons are so self important...all of them. As a frequent traveler, I’ll pull my donations to the Hiltons and stay at another hotel.


58 posted on 08/05/2008 12:56:55 PM PDT by King Hawk
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To: nikos1121
He’s in the public domain...I think you have some leeway when you’re dealing with celebrities esp if we’re dealing with ideas not endorsements.

You may be thinking of libel/slander law, where being a public figure makes a difference under the law. If anything, being a celebrity/public figure makes your name/image more valuable, so you have more to protect when it comes to their unauthorized use.

59 posted on 08/05/2008 12:56:56 PM PDT by Citizen Blade ("Please... I go through everyone's trash." The Question)
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To: Red Steel
Hilton’s May Pull McCain Donations, Paris Can Sue McCain

Whatever Hollywood Today is...did it REALLY publish a headline using an apostrophe for a plural?

Shame, shame...

60 posted on 08/05/2008 12:58:05 PM PDT by Allegra (Goodness me, goodness me, industrial disease...)
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To: Red Steel

"Paris, LEAVE JOHN ALONE!"

61 posted on 08/05/2008 1:00:21 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Black dogs and bacon bombs.)
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To: HIDEK6

Well, in that case... it’s time to hit the beach! lol


62 posted on 08/05/2008 1:06:19 PM PDT by Alia
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To: Red Steel

Well, it proves McCain is no gentleman.


63 posted on 08/05/2008 1:06:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Red Steel

Being compared with Obama has ruined their reputations.


64 posted on 08/05/2008 1:07:47 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Fire the CIA and hire the Free Clinic, someone who knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: All

I think everyone is missing the point on this: If McCain is so conservative....why did he take $$$ from the Hilton’s in the first place? Of course, not brillant to them turn around and criticize their daughter (no matter how floozy she is)

What liberals will do to justify voting for McCain...


65 posted on 08/05/2008 1:08:41 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (McBama....Over 300 Million Screwed)
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To: Citizen Blade

I wouldn’t want to be the attorney filing her law suit.


66 posted on 08/05/2008 1:10:02 PM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be at least a "Jackie Robinson.")
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To: Fred

“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.”

I have always liked Paris. She should look on the bright side as she hasn’t got much publicity lately and this is huge.

I think it’s a compliment for her to be the subliminal image of miscengeneration. However, Obama would never be confused with Mandingo.


67 posted on 08/05/2008 1:10:53 PM PDT by y6162
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To: nikos1121

No they aren’t. A “public figure” such as a politician is not the same as a celebrity who likeness is their income.
You can use “public figures” likenesses, not celebrities.

However McCain simply compared Obama’s celebrity status to that of Paris & Britney in a political ad, so I think they’ll lose that case.


68 posted on 08/05/2008 1:12:50 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us -nature photography desktop wallpapers)
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To: Red Steel
"Not only has the highly- influentional (sic) Hilton family struck back, who once donated to McCain’s campaign, about the affront to their offspring"

LOL
69 posted on 08/05/2008 1:13:48 PM PDT by indcons (People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news. - A. J. Liebling)
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To: longtermmemmory
actually political speech is a fair use issue, also she is a public figure because she has assummed the role of public figure.

That's what I figured...McCain has not "profited" and she has no standing as there has not been any "harm".

70 posted on 08/05/2008 1:14:24 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

I’m offended by your very question! The NERVE of some Freepers!

LOL


71 posted on 08/05/2008 1:14:33 PM PDT by Constitution Day (This tagline is a Designated Whine-Free Zone)
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To: Red Steel
Paris has lead a very public life and has made a lot of money acting like a dumb blond and saying things like “that's hot” in response to almost anything said to her......need I mention her sex tape?

So living the life she has what does mom expect? Paris will be the subject of the late night talk show jokes, gossip columns and even a political ad.....

72 posted on 08/05/2008 1:16:11 PM PDT by Kimmers (Liberalism: Where fun goes to die)
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To: Red Steel
Obama's celebrity-hood was first compared to Paris Hilton by.......none other than Barack Obama himself in 2005.

It's on Michelle Malkin's blog.

73 posted on 08/05/2008 1:17:01 PM PDT by cookcounty (Obama, the last man to figure out the Surge ---Except for Nevada's Hopeless Harry)
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To: Citizen Blade

actually no it would not because they are not being used to endorse mccain.

They are being held up in accord with their pubic personas of celebrity bimbo.

Hilton and spears as examples of public bimbos to go with Obama as a public bimbo.

fair use.


74 posted on 08/05/2008 1:17:03 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Red Steel

Hilton is a celebrity in the news constantly. As such, absent demonstrable malice and injury, she has little recourse to libel and slander laws.

I don’t see how anyone could construe the ad as McCain ‘selling’ (in the normal definition of gaining material compensation) something using by using her image.

If she wants her money back, McCain should cut her a check immediately with thanks for the extra publicity.


75 posted on 08/05/2008 1:20:41 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: Citizen Blade
"And you couldn't use his name and face as part of a political ad, either, without his permission."

It's parody, in case you didn't notice, and that allows for a LOT.

The ad in no way suggests that Paris Hilton endorses John McCain.

76 posted on 08/05/2008 1:21:27 PM PDT by cookcounty (Obama, the last man to figure out the Surge ---Except for Nevada's Hopeless Harry)
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To: Constitution Day
I’m offended by your very question! The NERVE of some Freepers!

Hee Hee Hee

To begin with, I'm not even certain why they're offended. I don't get it. I know who Paris Hilton is because of a sex tape and crying when she had to go to jail like everyone else. And her mommy is offended?

77 posted on 08/05/2008 1:21:31 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW ("Make yourself sheep, and the wolves will eat you" Benjamin Franklin)
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To: GOPJ
Paris's got those "Hilton" genes - she's probably one smart cookie under all that air head persona.

BHO is smart in the same way in getting the media to magnify his persona.
78 posted on 08/05/2008 1:22:48 PM PDT by kenavi ("My mudder thanks you, my fodder thanks you, and Obama thanks you!")
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To: Alia

Surf’s up, dude!


79 posted on 08/05/2008 1:25:36 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: visualops

I’d say safely that Hilton and Britney are public figures. I don’t see People’s magazine or ET or the other outlets getting sued for posting their photos. In fact the Paparazzi do pretty well.


80 posted on 08/05/2008 1:27:11 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

Oh please...considering how Southpark has portrayed Paris Hilton (remember the contest between her and Mr. Garison’s boyfriend?) I think the public domain thing wins out here.


81 posted on 08/05/2008 1:29:27 PM PDT by Bushwacker777
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To: Red Steel

Jeffrey Jolson Colburn (wannabe actor)

http://tinyurl.com/5j5ae5


82 posted on 08/05/2008 1:36:18 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Red Steel

You know, having the hatred of the Hiltons might be good for his campaign.

Does this mean Paris is going to start showing up at Obama events? That would be funny.

Yeah - I’m sure Paris was really damaged by McCain’s ads....


83 posted on 08/05/2008 1:43:34 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Obama for President!)
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To: Red Steel

Public figure that has started in porn video and is a no talent media whore? Good luck with a jury on that one Paris.....if you show up on time for the trial that is.


84 posted on 08/05/2008 2:14:46 PM PDT by Bommer (A Third Party can win when Republicans and Democraps stand for the same thing!)
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To: Red Steel
Agreed. Americans don't think highly of bubblehead celebrities. I hope the Hiltons sue. It would pit Hollywood against McCain. And that's publicity the ad he's run can't buy.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

85 posted on 08/05/2008 2:14:54 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: McGruff
Kathy Hilton and her husband donated a total of $4,600 to McCain’s campaign earlier this year

Ooooh. Big money.

It's the maximum. You should know that. Time to pony up for McCain McGruff.
86 posted on 08/05/2008 2:15:45 PM PDT by Taking Congress back in 2010
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To: WoofDog123

“Who actually built their own financial empire, and who was handed theirs via genetic relation to someone else who did?”

Yeah no kidding. Wasn’t it great-grandpa Hilton who built the empire?


87 posted on 08/05/2008 2:37:29 PM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (Democrats: Supporting America's enemies since 1824)
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To: indylindy; calcowgirl; Ingtar; djsherin; Sunnyflorida; SoConPubbie; Sybeck1; Ricebug; ...

Great. Now, after McCain gaffed and volunteered his wife for topless beauty pageant duty...we have one boob suing another.


88 posted on 08/05/2008 4:32:11 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat." Ronald Reagan)
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To: nikos1121

Magazines and the like get permission and help from agents and managers to run stories. Tabloids, television news etc, are reporting stories. Paparazzi are taking photos of people in public for “news” stories and they often step over the line and are sometimes sued. It just is not the same thing as a public person like the President or a candidate. You are not supposed to use someone’s likeness without their permission, especially if that person’s likeness is how they earn a living. The fact that they are super famous makes no difference. If I go out tomorrow and start selling t-shirts with paris hilton’s photo on them I am open to a lawsuit.


89 posted on 08/05/2008 4:58:31 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us -nature photography desktop wallpapers)
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To: Red Steel

She should sue Obama. He said it first.


90 posted on 08/05/2008 5:09:25 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: kenavi

Self absorbed narcissists...


91 posted on 08/05/2008 7:17:16 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: visualops

God..He’s comparing selling t shirts with Hilton’s picture on it with a campaign ad...

Go to bed my friend..your brain is fried........


92 posted on 08/05/2008 7:54:12 PM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be at least a "Jackie Robinson.")
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To: visualops

If you’re so sure of yourself, then represent her...or invest in her law suit...through some secondary agent....


93 posted on 08/05/2008 7:55:17 PM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be at least a "Jackie Robinson.")
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To: WoofDog123
"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."

Paris became "Paris" because of her being nothing less than the heiress of a famous hotel magnate whose slimy sex partner sold a tape showing them doing the nasty.

She made money DESPITE being a vacuous, debauched stereotypical dumb blonde.

Yeah she really made a contribution to humanity...
94 posted on 08/05/2008 9:59:10 PM PDT by RedMonqey
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To: nikos1121

I’m resisting the temptation to call you names because you can’t recall a line of conversation. I never said the ad was a problem, I said they’d lose that suit if they actually file it. I was responding to your blanket proclamations about who is a public person, and whose likenesses are protected. Selling t-shirts (i.e. using someone’s likeness without persmission) is a perfectly valid comparison since that is the Hilton’s allegation. How about you do your research and leave God out of it.


95 posted on 08/06/2008 3:28:05 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us -nature photography desktop wallpapers)
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To: nikos1121

Like I said, you clearly can’t recall your or my previous posts. Talk to me after you’ve acquired some reading and thinking skills.


96 posted on 08/06/2008 3:31:13 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us -nature photography desktop wallpapers)
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To: y6162

Paris is still a pig, like Madonna, just a rich pig.


97 posted on 08/06/2008 10:43:49 AM PDT by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism)
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To: Red Steel
Similar with Britney, who is worth as much many women in business

I are much agreement with you.
98 posted on 08/06/2008 10:50:23 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic ("And how can this be? For I am the Kwisatz Haderach! " - Barack Obama)
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To: Fred

Dunno.. I think she learned a lesson and has cleaned up her act.

She certainly took lemons and made lemonade with the McCain add. It’s funny.

See you “bitches” is classic.


99 posted on 08/06/2008 11:01:25 AM PDT by y6162
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To: King Hawk

“The Hiltons are so self important...all of them. As a frequent traveler, I’ll pull my donations to the Hiltons and stay at another hotel.”


However the Hilton family political legacy is that they are staunch Republicans. In fact Paris’ mother had already donated to the McCain campaign and that’s why his attack on her daughter upset her so much.


100 posted on 08/06/2008 12:28:24 PM PDT by jamese777
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