Paris Hilton is often thought of as a cartoon, the prototypical shallow celebrity. That was certainly one point of John McCain’s commercial featuring her and Britney Spears (and likening Barack Obama to both).
But upon seeing the McCain ad, director Adam McKay (“Step Brothers,” “Anchorman”) thought of Hilton differently - as an American citizen.
"I was literally in my car and thought Paris must respond. It's her duty as a citizen,” McKay told CNN. “Within three hours I was on the phone with her and she was into it.”
McKay is also co-founder of FunnyOrDie.com, the comedy video Web site that posted the Hilton video. He observed that the Hilton response was a natural reaction to McCain’s ad.
"McCain made one huge mistake. He drifted into the world of pop culture. And that's Paris' world. She owns that world,” he said. “So now he gets the blowback.”
Now that the Hilton video (as expected) has received coverage on mainstream media outlets such as CNN, McKay has bigger plans.
“Our next goal is a town hall style debate between Paris, McCain and that sea creature that washed up in Montauk," he said.
And could there be more videos?
“We're praying that Obama does an ad with Screech from ‘Saved by the Bell,’ ” he said. Then he twisted a knife. “Or maybe McCain's next ad about the trillions we've spent on the Iraq war while our economy falls apart will have Janet Jackson or Paula Abdul in it."
– Jennifer Wolfe and Todd Leopold, CNN
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Genuine, Paris Hilton is. She just cannot find a man of her desire.
Biological nuclear bomb ticking. She and Pallin the Barracuda Sarah.
The true future and image of America.
If she endorses Sarah, the winning ticket, allowed to Pink House as decorator, on assignment. Special nuptial canopy bed, in the Pink House keeper's accommodations, with 3 dimensional cameras. everywhere, Found the right man. Sarah, talk Paris into it, for your, her, Usa, Earth, good. Paris, like Sarah, wants to be a mother Gaia
I would actually vote for Paris Hilton before John McCain.
Why? Simply because she is more trustworthy. Sad, but true.
Real, behind the sex video, behind the quest to be Le President.
Looking for love in a PinkHouse, New York sophisticated, not Brittney style,
Real action is in the White House, President Bush, yet to figure it out ?
Condoleza, better confidental secret keeper than Monica ?
PinkHouse, only her way, or no way !
All the men drooling, if only for a censored internet preview.
Paris you have to take seriously. Others, just Talking Heads.
Had some free time at lunch during my 60 +hr work week so I was just surfin' the comments – amazing how many times this Phil wrote in. Don't you have a job, sweetie?
But I did get a hoot from his last one – a "war we didn't start"? What are you smoking – I want some!
By the way, I'm 62 and a veteran of the Army Nurse Corps during Nam. I respect McCain for his service but I have contempt for his refusal to support the 2008 G.I. bill – guess when you marry a rich lady, you don't have to worry about being taken care of in your senior years.
I agree about "McSame" – in 2007 alone he voted with Bush 95% of the time. Maybe it's not true that we don't need another hero, but we sure don't need another Bush! Oh, and John, repeat after me "there is a difference between Sunni and Shiite" – now try to remember that for the debates, before you look like an old fool.
Go McCain & Paris!!! McCain has a great sense of humor and Paris picked up on the obvious stupidity of Obama's energy plan. I think Paris’ response shows that she is more qualified than Obama and that's why Obama never responded to this ad and she did. I'd rather see a debate between the M-Man and Paris than Barack Hussein Obama any day!
Seriously people, Dem or Rep, everyone has to realize that the ad simply stated Obama as having celebrity status, then showed two of the most publicized celebrities that the USA is known for. What's the big deal....it didn't trash them in anyway....they do that to themselves.
Take a look above people. Say what you want about Paris, love her, hate her. There are well over 120 post on this one issue in less than two day. I do not think that Mr. McCain or Mr. Obama can claim that. I believe that she has gotten her point accross.
Paris Hilton has as much a place in the 2008 political scene as any other American! We all should be involved in the process of electing our representatives. If my name was being "used" in a candidates campaign, I would want to speak out. Paris did this in a tasteful, "Paris style," proving that all of us can be misrepresented by the media. McCain's use of Paris Hilton in this campaign is really insulting to all women. You go girl!
Paris Hilton is still dumb.
I was not planning to answer on this blog. I was having a good time just reading through the messages.
I think what is important is not the fact that Paris Hilton wrote her on text. It was a funny ad. Period. She delivered a great message and showed that McCain needs to take the high road and not try to smear Obama because he is popular. Maybe Obama is popular because he could maybe be the answer to 8 years of America losing on all fronts: high debt, loss of support from his allies, economy, education, healthcare. The list goes on.
I do respect McCain as a man but I do not think he is fit for serving as president. He is old and out of touch of the reality and I do not think he would have the energy to fix the USA.
The reason I decided to jump in is because of the remark of Phil. Sorry Phil to bash you a little but one word just annoyed the hell out of me: Froggy. What is your problem, it is people like you critizing a country as France that gets us in situations like this. For your information, France is a lovely country. I agree some of them are a little arrogant but hey look at ourselves, we are as well arrogant. They were with us in Afganistan and they supported us in many ways. You would like to make them our enemy just because they did not go to a disaster war in Iraq. Look who was right now. Give them a break. They have a lot going fro them and they have always been a good allies of the USA.
So get a grip especially for somebody who is in the arm services who is representing us abroad. By the way, I am grateful for your sacrifice for the past years. So do not think that I think you are an idiot, I just wanted to make that point clear!
Being young and celebrated never meant being brainless as well as being old with grey hair never meant being senile. McCain had right from the beginning of the campaign persistently been alluding to his old age or seniority and the youth of Obama. Why had he been indulging in this frivolous and negative anti-youth campaign? By so doing he is probably unwillingly making people believe that he is turning to a senile angry and envious person, not only regretting the ticking of time but showing that he is letting US voters who are in majority young feeling that they are being insulted as brainless and subsequently to, in reaction voting in mass for Barack Obama. The old guy is normally a person to who people turn to often for wisdom and positive behavior. The election of Obama will not only make the outside world once again fall in love with the United States of America but a confidence vote in the emerging US generations with the solid backing from the old wise and celebrated GUARD!
Oh bless Obama...both he and Paris have been wronged! They both prance around and do whatever they want to do and for some reason they have a cultish following. The sad thing is that neither one of them have fully thought out a plan for the first time in their life! That is why she stays in trouble and that is why he waffles soooo much! More waffleling coming soon to a town near you! Syrup anyone? :) I thought the ad proved McCain's point very well. Good job McCain! McCain – Oh yes he can and yes he did hit a sore spot with the Bots!
Paris that was hilarious, and McCain got what he deserved. American citizens have the right to defend themselves against petty B.S. I hope she makes more.
Watch out wrinkly old, white haired guy!
The single best feature of the Paris ad is her (or the copywriters) clear statement regarding a simple, multi-faceted position on an energy solution... the strategic antithesis of the single "for or against off-shore drilling policy" that the Republican and Democratic leadership has chosen as its most recent political stand-off debacle in Congress...and focus of many presidential campaign television salvos. Paris' perceived uninformed, sometimes confused persona isn't that far removed from the average American voter. And as one of those average Americans, I believe most of us have tired of the tv "fair and balanced" and "best political team" and radio "my opinion or none" commentators, as well as the Republican and Democratic leadership who consistently espouse and predictably bring us to the brinks of disaster with their short-sighted winner-takes-all solutions.
Good for McCain! when you get mixed up in the business of 'Dull People', you immediately portray yourself as dull-witted.
Be careful with your anologies next time... please!
Paris is HOT. McCain...is not
The McCain ad was clearly an attempt to negatively stereotype Obama through a very contrived association. It's transparent, empty, and repulsive almost to the point of being funny–not to mention an explicit insult to my intelligence as a voter. I think this (mis)-step into pop culture will probably backfire because it insults everybody–Obama, all 'celebrities' , and all of us non-celebrities. Not very presidential, or inspiring, or relevant.
When the ad does make an attempt to address the 'issues', it grossly misrepresents Obama's positions (of course). Obama always seems to be looking for the better long-term solution and I keep getting the feeling the McCain just keeps throwing out random ideas hoping some will stick. People can talk all they want about experience but from I can tell Obama has better judgment, better strategic planning and ideas (IMO), and just acts more presidential.
I hope Paris, Britney, and others make more videos. Every one will be a mocking reminder of the mistake McCain just made by approving that message.
Right on Paris. Maybe your response will put some sense in the wobbling McCain campaign.
Unlike McCain who needs cue cards to remember his lines, Paris memorized her script. So who is truly ready to lead?
Wow, some of you are actually saying "YAY Paris!" This just proves how celebrity focused you are and how shallow your politics.
Poor Wrinkly! He has now drawn Paris into the fray and will not be able to shut up her up. She can make a taunting internet ad every other day and shower negative publicity on Wrinkly. Now its time for Obama to start questioning Wrinkly's judgement. LOL....
Laurie is exactly right. It doesn't matter if Paris wrote the text or if "her" energy plan is good or bad; the point is that she participated in the ad and helped put McCain in his place.
Obama has conducted himself with utmost class throughout this campaign and has proven to be inspirational, thoughtful and, yes, eloquent - everything a leader should be. He's no dummy and will surely surround himself with top experts in areas in which he is less knowledgeable. McCain, while a war hero for sure, is out of touch and inexperienced in many areas (such as little one that is plaguing our nation, called the economy).
Regardless, I thought Paris' ad was absolutely hysterical and a breath of fresh air. She gained a lot more respect from me for pulling it off. (And, I too, find it amusing but galling that the McCain camp is trying to paint it as an endorsement of sorts for McCain!)
I cannot believe how many people on this blog do not get the joke in this or think that the other people here are listening to or care what Paris Hilton says. The AD is the JOKE. The fact that the proMcCain ad talked about nothing substantial and then Adam McKay got the heir head on and she's "tackling" issues and "touting" her ability to lead plus acting (ok probably not acting on this point) being self centered enough to act as if the ad were directed at her and not Obama.
That is the twist in McKay's retort.
Seriously, some of you are as clueless as she is or pretends to be.
This was completely well played. Adam McKay you're an American hero.
mccain fails at life. i sitll hate paris hilton tho.
OK.. I will admit it...I'm a McCain-o-nite. That still doesn't change the fact that he was proving his point. He compared Obama to a common celebrity...(IE – Paris Hilton). He didn't endorse her, or bring her down, he acknowledged the fact that she was a celebrity, which in my opinion, I could never figure out how she became one. He is an older gentleman, yes. He has served tours in the military and was a PoW for 5 years! The man knows what he is talking about. Change the country? What is that all about? Do you really want to change the freedoms we have? Do you want stricter rules for everyone? Do you want to end a war that we didn't start in the first place? Being a military man myself (and by God I am), I am not gonna sit back and watch while we get run over by some other country because they felt froggy. Paris Hilton got her face on the news once again...but this time it wasn't for being scantily clad or being arrested for something. She took an opportunity to mock an icon who I would most definately like to see run the country. She said her peace and everyone got a laugh. McCain still wins. End of story.
I thought the McCain campaign responded beautiful to this, stressing that Paris Hilton has a better "energy plan than Obama".
HAHAHA. Please go on!
I've been smiling all over myself since I saw Paris' ad on MSNBC last night.
Good for her!
And don't let Paris fool you. I think the air headedness we see is just a ploy. You all can say what you will, but this chick is not nearly as dumb as believe her to be. Don't be fooled, this chick has plenty of sense.
I loved the Paris video! And her point on the energy issue was right shall I say, on point!
It's funny, I am an independent voter and I am tired of all of the ads from the Republicans saying how Obama is not ready to lead. If that is the case, then you don't have to keep beating people over the head with ad after ad. Talk about the issues we are concerned with, gas prices, the economy, jobs and the housing crisis and what you plan on doing about it! All of these ads about Obama being a celebrity is childish. It almost sound as if McCain and his camp is jealous because of the media attention Obama is getting. Focus more on the issues. How would they like it if Obama ran ads like Paris's ads talkinga bout how old John McCain is. Then they would be crying foul, Enoug already, we know how you feel about Obama, convince those of us who are unsure why you are the better candidate. To be quite honest, me and most of my friends are leaning more heavily toward Obama as each day passes. McCain scares the hell out of us. He is so old!
Am over 50 , and I still believe that Obama will make the better President. He will be the people President not the rich President . Enough of the rich. The rich needs to donate to social security to help their fellow Americans. This is how we should be one.
When you lay in the sewer you drown in sewer water, if you lay with dogs you get fleas.....I can go on and on. McCain just showing how low class he can be.....watch.......you heard it first here.....heads in the McCain campaign will be chop off because of it. Stupid....Stupid...Stupid. Karl Hitler Rove will be rolling in his grave................Well his career is dead or is it?.....right?
McCain got smoked by someone that is considered to be an
intellectual midget, just like his ad implied. Tells you something about the realities of life. Who's the fool.
I...love .... it. McCain just got served by a dunce celebutante, in a fight which HE picked for nefarious reasons. Just deserts, McCain. How does it taste? Tastes like Obama is the next president, that's how. Retire, McCain, and go home to your blonde, rich.... wife. Oh no, I just realized McCain is a hypocrite as well! Oh snap! Nice one, cryptkeeper.
The last thing we need is more Paris Hilton (has there ever been a more useless person?), but wow, does this show how insecure and desparate McCain has become. Him trying to connect Obama to celebrity idiots (wait, is "celebrity idiots" redundant?) was hugely revealing. It showed an old mindset, the kind of mindset that has helped put this country in such dire straits. McCain doesn't just look like an idiot now, but an old idiot, and one way out of touch with modern times. The somewhat senile, outspoken grandparent who embarrasses the family on a regular basis. It's people of McCain's generation, and the one after, that we need to get rid of entirely, for this country to have any chance at redeeming itself and righting its course.
Why shouldn't actors, actresses and other famous people have a political opinion. I am sure Ms Hilton pays her share of taxes and as long as she is paying taxes, she can and should participate in the political process. MCCain drug the girl into this and all she is doing is responding to his ditzing and it is great. I would much rather have Paris doing her commercial/political ad than Lindsey or Brittney doing whatever. At least Paris has a sense of humor. Oh my gosh, I think I just defended Paris Hilton. Hell must be getting cooler by the minute.
Paris, I think the next ad will be more effective if more serious....somehting like, mccain, you claim to be a patroit, a patroit means love and service of america....that means love and sevice of americans....why are you so clearly willing to exploit an american like paris for your own political gain...being an american and being a patroit means standing up for all americans, even those whose choices you dont agree with....and to americas mothers and fathers...how would you feel if mccain used your sons and daughters in a national campain ad to exploit his political career, especially after you may have donated to his campain....is this the man you want standing up for you and your family...watch out, it appears he will only stand up for you as president if it does not interfere with his own political goals....these are hard times, and we need serious people, not people who spend millions of campain contributions to smear other americans....and by the way, Obama is an american too....
I could never figure out what Paris Hilton was famous for, what her purpose was. But now I see it, it was all leading up to this video that, just for a moment, made me forget how much I abhore election season and politicians. Loves it!
I think this ad just makes McCain look like a bitter old guy and a jack ass.
Paris, you are still an idiot!
Now people are applauding this shallow human being for one flash of wit in an otherwise vapid life. Good lord, get a grip. Also, remember 95% of the celebrity worshipping sheep that pay attention to this woman are not likely to vote anyway. But what do I know? I'm just another bloated white guy.
Everyone's giving Paris credit for being funny and clever. Can you all read the article? It was someone else's idea. She was reading a script. Does it surprise you she didn't turn down a chance to be in the spotlight? That's what she lives for. She is who we thought she was. You all, however, have taken a step down. Don't let your politics get in the way of your brain. Paris doesn't get a pass just because she picks the right candidate. She probably won't even vote.
Why question if Paris wrote this? There are plenty of writers out there why take a chance. The ad is funny, cute and slams McOldie!
Have you noticed that at the end of political commercials the politicians state their name and say "i approve this message"? Why? Because they were not involved in every step of the process. It was not different with Paris...
I hate Paris but love the ad.
I like the comparison to Cindy McCain........that is Paris Hilton in 30 years. Really, people who support McPain don't have leg to stand on in this argument. You heard hear first, the McCane ad attacking Obama /Pairs will be the only ad remembered 20 years from today.
Shows you how out of touch McPlain will be.
This was not Paris' idea. She read off a teleprompter – i really doubt she wrote the script, the girl didn't even finish high school. Funny video, yes. Sad that so many feel sorry for Paris and now think she is smart because of this. Yikes!!
Isn't it amazing? Compared to Paris Hilton, McCain is the immature one who makes no sense.
Check the polls Bob. It's Obama who's shrinking. Even after this stupid ad. There are literally hundreds of things McCain can go after Obama about and he picks popularity? Seriously?
Phil, phil, phil. You are protypical of the McCain supporter and of the candidate himself: willfully ignorant and blind to the truth. Just how you and the McCain campaign can spin this response from Paris to actually favour the Republican party is simply beyond rationality.
She can talk? That's Hot!
Who cares what Paris says, she's not a politician, and probably can't even spell the word.
Funny how many idiots on this blog think Mc Cain authorized this video considering he condemned it and it was produced by an outside group. Way to go Paris you prove how dumb you actually are by attacked a person who was against the add from the beginning
Incredible response from Paris Hilton. Hilarious, and well produced. But it said nothing against McCain and actually supported his energy plan - mixed offshore drilling and renewable resources.
Given that Paris's energy plan is better than Obama's, her charm is greater than Hillary's and her seamier side is less offensive than either John Edwards's, the Democrats really should consider her for 2012.
Nice try Phil. McCain just got toasted. Can't spin this one.
The video was pretty cute and clever, but does anyone think those are Paris's own words coming out of her mouth?
Maybe my sense of humor is different than everyone else's but I don't really see the humor in the video. She's not witty, she's not funny and the writing/delivery is boring and stuff, at best. How is it funny? Because it tries (unsuccessfully) to slam McCain? I'm voting for Obama but meh, it just isn't that amusing nor worthy of the press it's getting.
That's the joke that you didn't get, obviously.
The fear is that some kind people will believe that Paris is endorsing him by this ad.
This is hilarious. Paris just proved McCain's point - Obama is supported by vapid celebrities who can't think to save their life. Who in their right minds would want the support of Paris Hilton? All you people on this blog who think that her support is beneficial to Obama's campaign have gone off the deep end. Wake up and start thinking, people.
Funny, but Paris' compromise solution is exactly what McCain has been saying.
I lived through Jimmy Carter's presidency once. And that was enough.
McCain will win.
Why don't you folks lighten up!! I thought the ad was stunning and
refreshing. It has certainly given Paris a huge boost in her career.
Perhaps you should focus on the rest of the ad and not the part that
first got your attention. Pretty girls always do!!!
Phil, I'm sorry to tell you this, but McCain is running against OBAMA, not Paris... If McCain was looking for a response from her then not only should McCain never become President, they should boot him out of the senate too!
Your comments are hilarious, Phil...
I think McCain's Obama/Paris/Brittany ad may prove to be his Kerry Windsurfing/Dukakis with a funny hat/Dean Scream.
I kinda like the guy, but I think it took him down a notch.
We need our presidents to look/feel/act presidential. I think the problem with the ad is that the presentation of the message is way out of McCain's wheelhouse.
And the Paris/McKay pitch perfect send up makes this incredibly obvious. Leave the tongue in cheek pop referential cheap shots to the experts and stick to the issues.
The video is really funny, but do people really think Paris Hiltons thought of that "energy plan"? She has no idea what she is even saying-I'm sure she is "reading" (can she read?) from a telepromptor.
McCain wanted to pick on someone his own size... so he picks Paris Hilton and Britney Spears – how pathetic.
McCain is the Incredible Shrinking Presidential Candidate.
Correction on last comment:
Paris' mom sides with McCain. It was in a video of her yesterday from the making of the video. She thinks McCain will win and so do I.
I honestly don't know how people can think McCain didn't win this one. He won it 6 ways from Sunday! It doesn't matter how you look at it, he came out on top. If he was proving Obama is just a product of the media..he proved it! He turned the attention away from Obama and onto Paris Hilton!!! If he was provoking Paris looking for a response, HE GOT ONE!!! If he was showing you that the people of America aren't worried about the issues...he has done it!!! McCain wins over all! He has had all the media attention since yesterday! Even Paris' mom sides with Obama! She said so herself! To think...McCain proves it again!
That a girl Paris! You're the greatest. It's interesting that as of 9:16 AM (Pacific) that her energy plan is more popular than McCain's or Obama's! By the way I'm 58 and a big fan.
I also agree with djak... Grandpa Grumpy McCain is making mistake after mistake. What an embarrassment to our country and our political process that this guy won the republican nomination. At one point I considered myself a republican... not anymore. Who has McCain surrounded himself with? Other older than dirt white men who are not familiar with the "internets"? I mean really ,can they read? They clearly can't get the pulse (seeing that they barely have one left themselves) on what the country is thinking of them right now. McCain is mean and grumpy... it's a sad, sad day when American's actually think higher of Paris Hilton than they do of pretty much anyone else, much less a presidential candidate. God help us all.
I am sure many will disagree, but am I the only one that believes that politics is no place for Hollywood stars? Paris Hilton is a prime example. What experience or knowledge does she have in regards to political campaigns to justify filming the ad? I agree that McCain was out of line comparing Obama to Paris and Britney Spears, but really, I think the issue goes much further.
The campaign for the President of the United States has turned into a popularity contest. The political parties stress, with good reason, that the young generation in America needs to vote. I completely agree. What I don't agree with is movie stars, tv actors, musicians, and the like campaigning for presidential nominees. If America wants the young generation to vote, they should also encourage the young generation to be more involved and knowledgeable in regards to the issues at hand. I don't care who Will Smith supports. I don't care if Scarlett Johansson had e-mail correspondence with Obama.
What is more reliable: 1) an 18 year old who votes for Obama because George Clooney and Jay Z support him or 2) an 18 year old who watches the debates, follows the issues, and votes for his/her choice candidate because they truly believe that candidate is better equipped to run our country?
Let us separate Hollywood and Washington, and let our future depend on the issues instead of who can garner more support from the rich and famous.
I can't believe the day would ever come that I would say this but Paris was funny – this was actually a great video. Thanks to all who made it!
As for McCain, I have lost what little respect I had for you after seeing your ad. You're floundering not because of Obama's "celebrity" but because of your stay the course with Bush ideals. America is tired of being in Iraq – a war of lies that will never end – we're tired of how the economy has been going – especially within the last year. Instead of "hearing" us and serving the people, he's serving his own agenda.
Yeah for Paris. She may be bighter then we all believed! Great ad!
She's hot and that's all that matters, but unfortunatly our country is full of social retards that are threatened by these types of shennanigans. McCain opened the door with his desperate attempt to rally conservatives by attacking the credibility of the persons of great popularity in the public eye. If he didn't think she'd respond, then he truly is an idiot.... which he is.
This opinion comes from a black Republican that supports Barrack Obama, and proud of it!
Steve C., you're absolutely right. How else could Obama become Editor of Harvard Law Review and a successful constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago? Must be those darn teleprompters. . . . When you've worked as a community activist and actually tried doing something for your country other than sit in your ivory tower and cast aspersions on others who are actually trying to make a difference in this world, let us know.
This was really funny. We need to be able to laugh at ourselves more. i do think McCain's add was right on. Obama is a bunch of inexperienced fluff.
Phil, do you think McCain has tried to dump Cindy and asked Paris to marry him? You know, like the first time McCain dumped his wife for a plastic surgery doll. He needs a new wife every 36 years, after all. Maybe thats why he offered his wife to drunk bikers in SD at "Miss Buffalo Chip." Classy guy.
I'm no fan of celebrities in general, but the Paris Hilton ad was just TOO funny! What a riposte to McCain's "borrowing" of her persona to make a political point. I especially loved her description of him as the "wrinkly, white-haired dude". Hilarious!
McCain's "the oldest celebrity in the world. Like...super old."
I love it. McCain did ANOTHER stupid and senile thing. This has the Kool-Aid drinking GOPers in fits. They know their weak candidate, who will say and do anything out of desperation just blew up his campaign AGAIN.
I hope that every one that the GOP tries to swiftboat this time around will fight back!! Go Paris...
I don't think Paris is stupid – she somehow was able to create a brand out of herself and manage to garner and attract media attention while taking full advantages of all the business opportunities – book deal, movie / TV shows, product endorsement... you name it... Call her shallow, morally questionable, whatever... but she certainly isn't stupid.
I think McCain is absolutely inviting backlash from the hollywood crowd – as McKay said – treading into the realm of pop culture can only spell trouble for McCain. If Obama's campaign is smart about this they would create ads that can fully let McKay take full advantage of (via clips, excerpts, parodies...) Nothing coordinated of course, but this can well pave a way for the Obama camp to reach a new level of "coolness" and generate a sustainable message that resonates with young voters – through humor...
djak......that is an excellent post..it says it all...and i couldn't agree more.....and just think...this is the maverick, the straight talker, the positive campaigner.....how any gopher can find this acceptable is beyond me(unless their attitude is win at any cost)
So Paris' big response was not even her own idea? It was clear that someone had to write the lines for her but it is not clear to me why we should take anyone in Hollywood seriously. Why should we care what Paris says about energy policy when she cannot even legally drive a car? A better tag line at the end would have been, "Is Paris Ready To Read?"
Good video, Mccain sure had it commin, but still there is no better publicity than being associated to Paris, so it will turn out to be a good thing for him if he knows how to handle it and exploit the attention he is getting and will get anytime they talk about Paris in the comming months.
Let's start another party and run Paris! I think she's the best thing that's happening in politics right now. She's certainly got a better energy policy.
With Paris Hilton in the mix, this campaign is beginning to look more and more like the movie "Idiocracy" with Luke Wilson. LMAO. Who ever thought a self centered brat could stick it to an old man like McShame?
Hilarious!! – well done, Adam & Paris. Now its obvious that Paris didnt grow brains overnight and came up with the energy plan – it was probably McKay or someone else's plans but kudos to her for giving one back to that old fogey – I cant believe that in this country the "potential" (and I use that word very loosely) could approve and ad that openly calls its citizens dumb or shallow and not worthy of consideration. I mean Britney & Paris may be dumb but no one has the right to call them that or profile them that way – they are what they are and I cant imagine anyone wanting to vote for someone like that. A lot of the Replublican population that supports McFogey is white uneducated blue collar people – is he going to call them dumb next? Shame on him – in this day and age of treating all equally...I was on the fence about who to vote for but now I am – GO OBAMA
Funny that McCain claims Obama is out of touch when he doesn't even realize that he got pwned by Paris.
THE BLONDE THAT BROUGHT THE EVIL EMPIRE DOWN.
Where do I get a Paris for President bumper sticker? You go girl. By the way I am a 61 you white man. Keep loving and enjoying life Paris!
Does no one get it? We are at WAR!!! I am paying close to $4 a gallon for gas. Soldiers are dying daily to protect our rights, the unemployment rate is rising, our financial institutions are slowly taking us down, people are losing their homes.......WHO CARES ABOUT MCCAIN'S AD OR PARIS' AD......
We have real issues here folks that need to be addressed, we need to focus on reality, not Hollywood satire/fantasy.
A blondie for a blondie a filthy rich heiress to a filthy rich heiress. No wonder Paris supports Cindy's husband. Probably Paris see a Paris of yester years in Cindy
It is amazing how many people here believe that Paris wrote the add. Perhaps the same crowd believes that Obama writes his speeches, too.
This whole scenario amazes me for two completely different reasons.
#1 I found Paris Hilton to be funny, charming, witty, and concerning the energy solution, at least on the right track. This scares me greatly. Last I heard she had a show about being forced to play with manure right?
and #2 John McCain reminds me of Dr. Evil in the first Austin Powers Movie; "I'm cool, I'm with it, I'm hip" (does the Macarena). He has absolutely no idea how the generations younger than himself (and there are lots) view the state that this country is in.
It's playground logic. If everyone hates you then you are doing something wrong, and John McCain represents the kind of black and white, near-sighted thinking that got us here in the first place. Now he is basically calling out American citizens for supporting someone who represents a potential change to our broken and battered system, and calling them irresponsible for it. I personally would rather see ANYTHING different than have to deal with another 4 years of the same.
Whether you love or hate Paris and Britney, they are Americans and don't deserve to be made fun of by a man trying to win a Presidential Election. Any respect I may have had for McCain went out the window when I saw his ad. Now with his camp trying to make it sound like her video was actually a positive endorsement, makes him sound desperate.
Oh... and judging by all the responses from bloggers here... McCain just proved his point. Fame is all that America cares about apparently. And to think...Paris thought she could be president..she will probably have 3 or 4 face lifts by the time she is 35. Haha
Her energy plan actually sounded way better than McCain's or Obama's. Go Paris!
I guess McCain is the only person that goes one on one with Paris and Doesn't end up on top......
I am siding with McCain on this one. Paris Hilton is not a product of her own fame, and is only a celeb because of daddy's money. She may have been on tv shows, but then again who hasn't? She didn't even think to respond herself and only got the idea from someone who was trying to be funny (which is not one of his strongpoints.) She didn't pay for the ad herself, didn't come up with anything she said, and probably doesn't know what an energy crisis is! Her idea is a product of something somebody else explained to her. Obama is just a product of the media. His fame will soon die out just like every other "has been" or "never-was."
McCain likes to claim that he "knows how to win wars" – but he just got knocked out of the ring by Paris Hilton! What a loser.
well gail? you really wonder why Paris is getting the attention? where have you been girl? have you already forgotten it was mccain that gave it to her? I mean really....
Well, I guess it would make sense that Paris would make a video that goes against the Party that her parents supported. The video she is most famous for (with the NVG goggles) most likely made her parents just as proud of her. It also makes sense for a celebrity that is famous for absolutely nothing to endorse a candidat that is famous for absolutely nothing.
McCain doesn't need any help looking stupid...Paris just dotted the "i" in the word for him!
I'm wondering if McCain got releases to use either young woman in his ad. If he didn't, then his campaign may have to use some of that 1.2 million dollars the oil company employees "gave" him to pay court costs!
This just proves once again that Americans are as dumb as they look. If you think Obama is better than McCain, I feel sorry for your country. He is a wolf in sheep's clothing. He associates himself with shady characters and is, in fact, more of a Republican than most Republicans. And Paris Hilton is merely a virus that infects anything and everything that she comes into contact with, and can never ever be taken seriously. It's a shame really because the US is going to spiral further and further downwards...
McCain new name should be Mcidiot!!!!!
A old man trying to reach into a world he'll never understand...dude go play a video game. I would suggest "Halo 3" but you may start receiveing endorsments from the NRA.
After watching the Paris Hilton video I realize that Paris has quite a lot more going for her than McCain. She's intelligent and articulate in ways that McCain will never be. She is also much more savvy about energy and the environment than old white hair. When her full platform is presented in the next video, I'm sure the Republicans will want to draft her as their presidential nominee. Paris '08!
What's sad is.....
These two didn't know who each other was until this happened.
I am an avid Barack Obama supporter, and believe he will be elected because he is genuine. I hope he continues to rein in any attempts by his campaign team to respond in kind to negative/trite/offensive/irrelevant/misleading tactics of his opponent's campaign.
I found the various attempts at humor – cynical as they are – by the McCain camp offensive and reflective of the "Rove-style politics" that have distinguished the last several Rebublican Campaigns. It is time to surgically remove that tumor/blight/cancer/pimple from our American Political Scene.
While I have not been a fan of Paris Hilton, or many of her peers, I do fine her response to the recent McCain video – at the same time – funny/on target/relevant/focused/"in hour face" and actually quite responsible and informative with logical recommendations.
Thank you to Paris Hilton – she may just be stepping up to the "Responsibility Plate" and I encourage her to sign on to help elect Barack Obama by helping him respond to what will likely be a continuing barage of negative ads flowing from the sewers of the Republican Party. (By the way I was a lifelong – I am 63 – Republican until about 5 years ago when I changed my registration to Democrat due to the drifting of the Republican Party into irrelevancy and cynicism and outright uncaring positions toward the average citizen, i.e. the hardworking middle class that has built this great Country we call The United States of America – our Home!!
Again – THANK YOU PARIS!!
You go, girl!! I am 63 (not wrinkly and white-haired yet) and I support Paris Hilton's right to slap McCain in the face for his effrontery in using her image without her consent. Her video was hilarious, and she sounds intelligent in it, too. Her energy plan is getting more votes on MSNBC than either Obama's or McCain's, and she's a lot better looking, too. This was "totally hot," Paris. Let's see more of your funny and smart self.
I was almost late for work waiting to see the video on the news this morning. I thought it was real funny & I love Paris... she has a good energy plan, too!
It was just an "in your face" kinda Ad & the timing was right... just as Mother Hilton was complaining about giving money to McSenile... & he's misusing the funds for stupid Ads like this one. GREAT video Paris!
And, pink would be a good color for the White House!
Made my dad for sure! Never was so happy to hear from/about Paris yet!
the ad was funny and smart.
mcCain is a buffoon, and he is becoming the caricature.
RE: McCain: being ready to lead has nothing to do with being able to lead.
Paris obviously isn't the ditz she makes herself out to be, and the real funny thing, her energy plan made sense and now the poles are proving it.
Paris, Dumb like a Fox!
paris looks a lot better than that old white haired man that think someone will vote for him, the gop is on its way out they are grabbing for anything to stay afloat . paris for vp
Awesome response! Take that McSame!!!!
Is it just a coincidence that McCay is immediatly connected to CNN. Hmmm....Its a funnier coincidece that he is the co-founder of FunnyOrDie.com which is similar to the last political stunt Paris was involved with...remember last election when she endorsed "Vote or Die" despite not being registered to vote.
Paris sounded better prepared and smarter than McLame. She even offered a better energy plan than McSame. I would vote for Paris for president before voting for "McMaverick-by-Convinience" McCain.
To think that McCain lost a battle of wits with Paris Hilton. Perhaps McCain should get the Supreme Court to declare him the victor.
It says a lot about McCain that he can go one on one against Paris Hilton and almost come out on top.
Although I am not at all a Paris Hilton fan, I hought the response was hilarious...and actually had more constructive things to say than either of the two candidates. Sad, really, when you think about it.
Loved Paris' ad, and agree with her position. Good move.
Now who has the last laugh.. lol. She made McCain look stupid.
Paris actually sounds intelligent. I was sincerely surprised. Glad to know that she really has a brain and hope she uses it more often.
This is hardly a battle of wit, but it is a classic.
YAY for Adam McKay making yet another GREAT comedy short! You had me at "The Landlord" haha. Great point in the Paris movie, though.
The wrinkly white haired dude got what he deserved. Now, get Britney up next. I'm sure she will be as funny, and dead on, as Paris.
The worst part is the McCain camp is attempting to spin this as an edorsement from Paris of McCain. They choose to completely ignore the first minute where the video draws a comparison between McCain and the Cript Keep and Colonel Sanders, and asking the question "Is he (McCain) ready to lead?"
They're(the McCain Camp) so slimey and desperate.
Absolutely hysterical! The interesting part is that O'Bama's announced energy policy is essentially the same as Paris'. Maybe he should pick her to be vice president!
Paris for Press Secretary in the Obama Presidency...She beats Dana Perino hands down...At least Paris has a personality....
Better yet...Paris for President...
Mr. McKay, great job.....Now call Britney...maybe she could done a "Leave Obama Alone" video....lmao....
It really is hysterical. And as McKay said, totally justified. He's right, she is an American citizen and does not deserved to be mocked by McCain for political gain.
What tops it all is that the McCain camp is now saying that her "energy plan" is a lot like his, and thus she's endorsing him. Their utter inability to comprehend satire and irony is stunning.
OK ... It might really make Nader mad but I think Paris should be in the debates or at least considered for VP. I like her idea (assumming it was her idea, perhaps she has a well paid staff of energy advisors) better than either candidate.
Paris Hilton is my new hero! Next time McCain tries to conscript someone into his political ads, he would do well to remember that Paris's generation PUSHES BACK!!!! You go girl!!!
Funny how the McCain camp actually tried to spin this commercial as pro-McCain, when it so clearly isn't.
OMG, I'm in my 50's and, suddenly, I like Paris Hilton! This vid is a hoot, and a perfect send-up of McCain's latest vids.
genius. thank you adam mckay.
Ironically, Paris' response does more damage to Obama than McCain, since her poise and intelligence is a facade driven by the teleprompter, much like Obama's. I love when Hollywood weighs in.
GO GIRL! I am not a fan of Paris Hilton's but I give her a big thumb's up for doing this little video. McCain's comments are just so illustrative of his total lack of connect with anyone who isn't old, bloated, fat and white. I would vote for Paris Hilton over John McCain.
I thought Paris's ad was hilarious. What a perfect way to put the old geezer McCain in his place.
I can not believe that Paris Hilton, who has no talent and has never done anything of real value, is getting more publicity over this whole fiasco. Why wpuld I or anyone else with any intelligence care what she thinks?
Oh Paris, you are gonna make me like you again!
Good for Paris Hilton. I think she spoke for millions of people who were unable to make a video response to that horrible ad McCain put on the airwaves. Let's get down to what is really important. I think Paris' solution for the economy crisis was right on.
For the first time in my LIFE!!!! I am with Paris Hilton (guau!).
Go Paris, that was fuuuunnny!
Thank you Mr. McKay! Mccain is such a dimwit.
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