Republican nominee John McCains campaign has been going after Hollywood, but not in the way that the GOP typically does. He dropped the celebrity bomb on Obama, comparing him in ads to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. And now Paris is fighting back (or here) sort of. Aside from comparing the white haired dude to Yoda and Colonel Sanders from KFC, shes announcing that shes ready for the debates.
The McCain Britney/Paris ads have been very successful. The celebrity charge is not the point, but it gets attention, and the media endlessly run clips of that ad that the campaign doesnt have to pay for. Even GOP supporters can criticize it as silly and draw out the coverage. I think the real point of the spots are to place a black man next to two young blond starlets whove had their own fame inflated by issues of promiscuity and photos of exposed genitals on the Internet (find your own links). There are many celebrities that the McCain camp could have chosen. Perhaps celebrities more in the news like Brad and Angelina with their twins. Or Oprah. I think this add very subtly makes just the association that its creators wanted.
A little bit of irony bubbled to the surface last week when it was revealed that the Hilton parents and grandparents had all donated money to McCain and the GOP and werent happy about the ad.
All things considered, thats still not as bad as Paris leaked sex tape.
But Paris now has her own self-serving ad out. The AP even calls is a "tart rebuttal." This time with a link. Its not particularly witty, and there is no message. Its not as well done has her ad for Carls Jr. And she tries to be non-partisan, suggesting that theres a middle ground between Obamas talk of new technologies and McCains sudden (and well rewarded) interest in off-shore drilling. If anything, Paris knows about compromising positions.
McCain also had a fun time last week explaining how he doesnt use the Internet (or email) but that he understands it; and the computer. So perhaps someone on his staff will show him Paris work.
McCain doesnt need to learn much about new technology. But perhaps someone on his staff should remind him of what happened to one-time candidate George Macaca Allen in Virginia when he made racially insensitive remarks while being filmed which were soon posted on the Internets. McCain missed that memo last week when he offered to enter his multi-millionaire wife Cindy up for beauty contest at Buffalo Chip a big motorcycle rally. There are three rounds: biker attire, lingerie and then bikini. She didn't enter. But this is what the event looks like. I dare say even Paris wouldn't enter this contest.
So perhaps the question is that if Paris gets her message out, will people associate her with the old guy, or the biggest celebrity in the world.