Stop the whining and take your sentence like a womanI cannot stand Paris Hilton. Cannot stand her.
She could shower in hundred-dollar bills, burn a million and then wipe out her entire bank account during an afternoon shopping trip in Beverly Hills, yet still go home to fortune and so-called fame.
I detest the way she struts her arrogance wherever cameras follow and really despise how the media continue to shove her holier-and-richer-thanthou face down our regular-class throats. She has contributed nothing to society and is annoyingly famous for simply being famous and annoying.
So to be honest, yes, I was quite pleased with her 45-day sentence for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. A judge ordered her to report to the women's jail in Lynwood, Calif., by June 5.
It serves her right. Her "celebrity" status should hold no precedence over the laws that we, the regular people of the world, must abide by as well.And if her late-night partying with Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears tends to become a bit intoxicated, they are adults - believe it or not - and still need to keep the roads safe.
I think she would be more apt to take the sentence like a woman. Even Martha Stewart did her time. If Ms. Hilton would simply sashay her Gucci ensemble into the jail for a little more than a month and get the deserved sentence over with, the Paparazzi would still be waiting for her at the end of the tunnel and life would be normal again.
By crying, whining and hiring as many publicists and lawyers as possible now to reduce a measly 45-day sentence, it makes her even more intolerable.
But like a typical Hollywood ending, the hotel heiress may spend far fewer than 45 days in county jail because of state policies and jail overcrowding, authorities said last Thursday.
She could spend three weeks or less behind bars because of a state requirement that grants inmates time off for good behavior and because of overcrowding in the system, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
"It's possible that it could be 21 days, 23 days. It's a complicated formula that the state sets down. It's possible that she could do less time," Whitmore told The Associated Press.
As for overcrowding, "our jail is bursting at the seams" and some women inmates have been released after serving only 10 percent of their sentence, Whitmore said.
This will send such a bad message to the rest of California or anywhere else in the country where jails are overflowing, which is just about anywhere. Plus, people like the Hiltons who have more money than they're able to count believe they can buy and sell anything and anyone.
Have a problem? Hire someone to fix it. He didn't work out? Hire someone else.
The dollar signs can sometimes be the best mediator in any Tinseltown argument. But Paris needs to go directly to jail and not collect $200 - like it would even matter anyway.
Serve the entire sentence. I don't care if there's no room. California's a big state. Find room. Give her a dose (albeit minor) of the real world. She needs to know if you screw up, you should pay - no matter who you are or how many second-rate TV shows you have on the FOX network. No cell phones, no publicists, no free cars, no all-night clubs, no thousand-dollar handbags for stupid little dogs. Just the due consequence.
Hilton intends to appeal the entire sentence. What an immature and childish move. And her fans have posted a petition on the Internet urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to pardon her. In a wise statement last week, the Governator said he has much more pressing issues to tackle.
This story needs to go away. Paris Hilton needs to go away. At the very least for 45 days. Then she can saunter out of the slammer with her runway model walk, battle the lightning strikes of tabloid flash bulbs and jump back into whatever it is she does. If anyone ever finds out, that would make a great story. I'm sure even Paris has to wonder what Paris' purpose is.
Chris Barnes is the former editor of The Free Press and The Saucon News. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. His columns, archives and more are available online at www.cjbarnes.blogspot.com.