Paris Hilton is Down Under this week to spend New Year's Eve hosting some party at a megaclub for serious cash. Only problem is NYE isn’t until tomorrow, so what's a bored heiress to do?
Shop, of course! Now, we’re quite used to seeing pictures of Paris shopping the local L.A. boutiques on almost a daily basis. But the Australian press must not understand that this is a vital part of Ms. Hilton’s gig, because several local papers are pretty pissed about the whole thing...
They're reporting that she dropped over $5,000 on 31 dresses and even give a minute-by-minute breakdown: “Paris Hilton spends $140 a minute in Chapel Street, Melbourne, shopping spree” is one headline.
One of their charity chiefs is disgusted. "In World Vision terms, $5000 would ensure that a village of 2000 people in Africa or Asia would have clean water for the rest of their lives,” says World Vision of Australia head Tim Costello. Which is obviously true, but excessive selfishness is kind of Paris' personal brand.
And get this, they believe the shopping spree was a “stunt designed to promote herself.” Um, Paris’ whole life is a stunt designed to promote herself.
Wow, we guess we're sort of rooting for Paris on this one. Weird. There's just something about her defense of "I actually bought five dresses, not 31. I work hard and any girl should be able to spend money on themselves if they want to" that makes us want to holler, "Preach it, girl!"
Anyway, getting mad at Paris for shopping is like getting angry at Brody Jenner for being douchey or Britney for lip-syncing bad songs or Katie Holmes for not putting a jacket on Suri or Lindsay Lohan for seeking out attention. That's just what they do.