Shock And Concern Over ‘This Is Paris’ Documentary

Paris Hilton’s documentary, This is Paris, shocked viewers with its intimate detailing of the socialite’s childhood trauma. Produced as a YouTube “original” movie, the documentary can be watched in entirety for free on YouTube.  [embedded content] Everyone is familiar with Paris Hilton, great granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, who created the Hilton Hotel empire. Paris has been in the spotlight from a young age, appearing as the “dumb blonde,” rich, snobby, party-going socialite. Many people know her as a reality star from her TV show with Nicole Richie, The Simple Life. The show only reinforced her dumb blonde persona. She is known as the original “influencer,” having invented selfies and coining signature catchphrases such as “that’s hot,” and “loves it.” As she has grown older, she has turned her back on her partying lifestyle and now focuses her attention on her DJ career as well as the 19 different business brands she owns. She has a line for almost everything it seems, from skincare to fragrance, and she is the face of them all. While she has become a business mogul, she still maintains true to her pink girly brand that has made her so famous. But while she portrays this blonde bombshell persona to the world, her new documentary explores another side of Paris, the real side. So as it turns out, Paris Hilton isn’t actually the airhead everyone always thought she was. I feel terrible for her, but I also feel proud for her at the same time. Suffering abuse to one day finally show the world the truth. I liked her in House Of Wax. #ThisIsParis — PennThreeper (@PennThreeper) September 14, 2020 This Is Paris gives Hilton a chance to explore the trauma she endured at “emotional behavior” schools when she was a teenager. She opens up to producers and family about the emotional and physical abuse she endured attending those schools and how it has affected her, years later. Hilton also opens up about the sex tape with then boyfriend that was released without her consent. The effects of which still weigh heavy on the celebrity and her family. Hilton, age 39 now, struggles with insomnia and anxiety from her disturbing experiences.  The documentary also explores Paris’s childhood and the inner workings of the Hilton family. Paris was praised for her beauty from a young age by family members such as her grandmother. But her sister Nicky says Paris, “is a boy at heart.” The glamorous persona she shows to the world is a mask. She has built a shield for herself to protect her from trauma.  2020 full of surprises. I did not expect the @ParisHilton documentary to be one of the best things I’ve watched this year. But it straight up was. I do love a good perspective change. It’s raw, seems legit and if you’ve ever judged her, it’s worth your time. — KHood (@HoodFarms) September 15, 2020 I’m not even being dramatic when I say that the new @ParisHilton documentary on YouTube is a must watch. I promise it will change your opinion of her (😭) and the trauma that women experience. — Catherine Dailey (@cnast_) September 16, 2020 Paris details about her time spent in emotional behavioral schools, causing fans and onlookers alike to view her in a whole new light. The Paris Hilton documentary started as a cute doc about how we got the socialite but quickly turned into a documentary about child abuse and ended with a call to action to end child prisons — ryvn.💸 (@MuvaPrincess) September 15, 2020 She describes the last school she went to, Provo Canyon School, to be the worst. The Hiltons allowed their daughter to be taken from her bed in the middle of the night by school officials to be brought to the school. Paris had no idea she was being taken to a school. this Paris Hilton documentary is quite sad. can’t believe her parents had her kidnapped 🙁 — teena thach 🌙 (@teena_thach) September 15, 2020 Nicky said that their parents never even talked about the incident with their family the next day. All they said was that Paris went to boarding school. “King and Queen of sweeping things under the rug,” said Paris, referring to her parents.  Having everything taken away from her and enduring abuse when she went to these schools has left Paris with anxieties that manifest in interesting ways, as any trauma survivor is all too familiar with. Hilton confessed that she has found herself in physically abusive relationships multiple times because she “almost thought it was normal.”  Did I just spend 2 hours watching Paris Hilton's documentary? Yes, and you should too. — 「 leo 」 (@LxoSmith) September 15, 2020 At the correctional school, staff would force students to take undisclosed pills, leaving them “tired and numb.” Paris recounts that many of the students were on suicide watch and that she was worried she would become one of them.  Paris also shares a horrifying memory of being put in solitary confinement when she was caught not taking the pills. She said they would lock students up, unclothed and alone, for 20 hours at a time. This was something she never told her parents about, and told her mother about for the first time on camera. People seem unconvinced that Kathy Hilton really cared.  I watched #ParisHilton 's YouTube documentary and I was surprised to find out the trauma she legit went through as a teenager and how callous her mother was when she found out. Kathy Hilton legit just brushed it off. #ThisIsParis — Letitia fucking Lewis (@Blerd_Life) September 15, 2020 There's quite a lot to unpack from this Paris documentary. The fact Kathy Hilton didn't know that the Utah reform school may have put her daughter in solitary… — V. 🌙 (@ThatBKGurl) September 14, 2020 kathy hilton’s the villain — mark mauriello (@maarkm) September 16, 2020 Paris says that she never spoke about her traumatic experiences before filming this documentary. “I think all my anger just went into my drive for success,” said Hilton. The only way she kept herself going at PROVO was to dream of what she would become when she was able to leave.  22 years later, and Paris is ready to face her trauma head on. She meets with four former classmates of PROVO to spread awareness about the mistreatment taking place in these institutions. Many commend her for her bravery in speaking about her experience at PROVO. Watching the Paris Hilton documentary and the last 30 minutes about the abuse she and countless others have and continue to endure from Provo Canyon School is horrifying. Bravo to her for calling them out and bring attention to this. — Deniz Kofteci (@DenizKofteci) September 15, 2020 Just want to publicly thank and honor @ParisHilton for the courage, strength & #integrity she's shown in releasing her documentary that has helped to EXPOSE institutionalize child abuse in the USA of which I am also an #overcomer ! May The LORD Jesus Christ bless you always girl! — Jacqueline Servantess (@JServantess) September 15, 2020 But of course there are those who still have little empathy for the socialite. People still point out her fame, wealth and privilege. The upbringing that she was rebelling against in the first place to get her sent to the behavioral schools.  the fact that paris hilton released a documentary where the entire thing is just showing off her obscenely wealthy lifestyle and complaining about it during one of the bleakest time in US history ….. rich people are disgusting lmao — rewild your lawn (@feral_aries) September 16, 2020 Paris Hilton coming out w/story of abuse at her boarding school. Not taking anything away from her experience, but not sure the country is too hungry for a story from an overly privileged girl sent to boarding school for partying & doing drugs while living at the Waldorf Astoria. — newmiamimama305 (@newmiamimama301) September 13, 2020 Regardless of how you feel about Paris Hilton, you must admit she is a successful businesswoman and has been through a lot. This Is Paris has lifted some of her ‘that’s hot’ mask and exposed a more life-like side, one who is vulnerable and has been through hardships. This documentary seems to have been a therapeutic type of journey for her. While the ending of the documentary alludes to an answer, we are curious to see if the Paris that we have come to know and love will die, replaced with a new, more authentic Paris. 

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The Internet Blows Up in Response to The Oscars New Diversity Rules

The Oscars have just announced major changes in regards to their diversity requirements and the internet has a lot to say.  What Was Announced? When it comes to Oscar nominations and eligibility, the award show has been targeted in the past for not focusing on diversity, inclusion and representation. But things are on their way towards some sort of change. Change starts now. We've announced new representation and inclusion standards for Best Picture eligibility, beginning with the 96th #Oscars. Read more here: — The Academy (@TheAcademy) September 9, 2020 Beginning in 2024, inclusion will be a requirement to be considered for Best Picture. This decision comes five years after the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag trended on Twitter and caused major controversy. The Academy announced on Tuesday that the Best Picture nominations will have to meet a certain criteria in order to be considered. Don’t believe any hot-take that calls this affirmative action. These rules are such a LOW BAR if a film hasn’t met them it is doing nothing to represent this country and absolutely should not be Oscar-eligible. #OscarsSoWhite will be for the foreseeable future. — AJ Christian (@drajchristian) September 9, 2020 What Social Media Users Had To Say… While many questioned this decision, their curiosity was met with an answer. The organization explained in a statement that the goal of this verdict is to “encourage equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience.”  Social media users and public figures have already begun to share their opinion and it’s safe to say that not everyone is happy about this concept. And not for the reasons that many are expecting. #Oscars hoping that playing the race and gender cards will make people want to watch rich Hollywood types give each other awards for movies no one's actually watched. When Marvel wins an Oscar, call me. Otherwise, you still suck.#WednesdayWisdom#truth — Minerva Neryse (@minervaneryse) September 9, 2020 Celebrities Speak Out Kirstie Alley slammed the decision by tweeting: “This is a disgrace to artists everywhere…can you imagine telling Picasso what had to be in his f*cking paintings. You people have lost your minds.” She continued to explain that diversity and inclusion should be taught to children and therefore simply become second nature. The fact that this type of representation is now being “forced” or necessary has been seen as unnatural by countless people, including Alley.  Diversity and inclusion should be taught, taught so well and so naturally and genuinely that it becomes second nature to our children. — Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) September 9, 2020 Others, on the other hand, are claiming that Alley has missed the point and purpose of these new requirements.  She clearly doesn’t get it… the academy isn’t really forcing anyone to DO Anything. She’s saying this like people are OWED an Oscar nomination. You can still make your own art, you just don’t meet criteria for a certain award so stfu. — Julian Bass (@thejulianbass) September 9, 2020 The Arguments All in all, it seems as though the internet is split. Some made comments such as “positive discrimination is still discrimination” will others celebrated the idea that the Oscars are finally moving in the right direction.  People criticising the Oscars new inclusion/diversity rules because it destroys "the freedom of an artist". Please. Stop it. — Jo Ferreira #BlackLivesMatter (@joheartsart) September 9, 2020 Many are making the point that it feels strange to control art and indirectly make creators meet a certain criteria. In fact, it’s already been announced that films must meet at least two of four benchmarks. If they do not, that particular film is simply ineligible for Best Picture.  This is stupid and filled with hypocrisy. So, hiring diverse actors is not for their talent and acting but just to get nominated and maybe win an Oscar. Instead of actually doing sth about racism, they did this. — #D10S🎗️ (@_ItsKarim) September 9, 2020 Requirements Explained CNN explains that the criteria includes “featuring actors from underrepresented groups in significant roles or accounting for at least 30% of the cast; similar criteria in terms of those working on the film behind the scenes; a significant commitment to paid apprenticeships, internships and career development; and significant representation among the teams devoted to marketing, publicity and distribution.”  Many social media users are now referring to Best Picture as the “Diversity & Inclusion Award” and similar variations of the sort. Others are calling this particular decision a form of censorship and as a result, have vowed to not tune in to the show in the future.  The Oscars have announced diversity standards for their Best Picture award. It’s no longer about the talent in the Best Picture, but the Most Woke picture. — Darren Grimes (@darrengrimes_) September 9, 2020 People of color have come forward and openly expressed their concern with this decision.  This is ridiculous. There should not be ANY standards. As a latino, I do not like this pityness. — Adam Dynamite 🇺🇸 (@BrewCity1987) September 9, 2020 Ok.I'm a middle eastern bi woman and I'm saying this is ridiculous.we want representation not because they HAVE TO , but 'cuz diversity is normal and realistic . Instead of this they just should not steal awards from good movies to other white ones. — mythical (@queenNnre) September 9, 2020 Within hours of this big announcement, the inclusivity requirements for Best Picture has become a political conflict. Fights have broken out across the internet and many are beginning to choose sides. And despite the mixed reactions, it does not seem as though the Academy is going to change their minds about this. With many deciding that they would no longer be tuning in to the Oscars awhile ago, this decision is no longer important or relevant news to them anyway. And for those boycotting the show, their reasons that this news is just another ridiculous aspect of it continue to be shared. For example, another major point that has been commented on is the fact that the awards are “rigged” anyway.  This whole Oscar thing is extra stupid because they were rigged anyway. They could have just pretended to select a "diverse" film without all the ridiculous rules on submittals 🙄 — Joan d'Arc (@Born4ThisMoment) September 9, 2020 The Oscars Drama Continues… Is this criteria going to evoke change for the right reasons? The answer to that question is not only incredibly difficult to answer, but also quite controversial.  It’s important to note that this change will not come all at once. These rules will be put in place gradually over the next four years. However, by 2024, the criteria will be required. There are predictable comments regarding this announcement while others are making some convincing arguments. This seems as though it will be an ongoing conversation on social media.  Massively stupid. The Oscars will become meaningless. It won't take long before nobody even wants one. Audiences will decline, as an Oscar will be taken by many as a warning of movies NOT to bother to watch. . — Godnose (@Godnose) September 9, 2020 More Change is Needed Many industries and franchises, such as Bachelor Nation, have made a point to become more diverse this year following the despicable acts of racial injustice we have all seen. However, many think it’s just a little too late. All of these changes have been labeled by social media users as “forced” and “disingenuous” despite what any executives say or how they try to defend their decisions.   Over the years, the Oscars have lost a significant amount of their audience for a variety of reasons. And despite their apparent progress, it seems as though The Academy has some more work to do. In regards to their most recent diversity requirements, it’s unclear if this change will ultimately bring some of those viewers back or simply continue to push them away. Only time will tell.  Will you be watching the Oscars following this announcement? Featured image by Jakob Owens and Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash. 

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