The Animal Planet series "Whale Wars" kicks off its second season tonight, featuring more dramatic footage of Captain Paul Watson and his crew battling Japanese whale hunters. The show has no bigger fan than blogging queen Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post. She held a cocktail reception at her house in Los Angeles earlier in the week to help promote the new season.
I must admit I was intrigued by the idea of getting to see where she lives. She was formerly married to a multi-millionaire (Michael Huffington) and has built a media empire of her own. So I expected her to be ensconced in a mansion on the order of Green Acres (the 44-room palazzo built by silent film star Harold Lloyd). Her place is smaller than Green Acres, but still a lovely home in a fashionable neighborhood above the Brentwood section of L.A.
There were a couple of hundred guests minimum (including Morgan Fairchild) and I was surprised we were practically given the run of the place– from the tastefully-decorated living room to back hallways stacked with huge numbers of books. I was amused to see her home decorated with a number of images of our hostess - elegant photos that looked like Sears portraits for the wealthy.
Guests received a parting gift, a Chinese take-out style box containing a can labeled "whale meat". Inside was a small bag of red licorice.
It's cool that Arianna (since I've been to her house I feel entitled to call her by her first name) is lending support to the show, which shines a light on an important topic. And Animal Planet has returned the favor, buying ad space on The Huffington Post.
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