Ah, the good life.
The contestants on NBC’s “I Want to Be a Hilton” were treated to an afternoon of Polo at the Hamptons in this past episode on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 in this year of our Lord.
Said polo match viewed by the likes of Russell Simmons and David Lee Roth. Who the star-struck contestants got to meet.
On to business and this week the contestants were challenged to hold both a “pink ribbon estate sale” and an auction.
To no one’s surprise, especially this viewer, the two Hilton daughters showed up on the scene. Certainly the public would not have tolerated this Hilton series without the infamous Paris to help things along.
It was then required that the contestants go to some sort of nightclub, all to aid in “publishing” the coming charity events.
Which was for the benefit breast cancer. Kathy Hilton informed the contestants this was “giving back”.
An interesting term. And one used often by the wealthy and lazy to help justify their existence.
“Giving Back” is the term popularly used when those of means contribute to, or coordinate, a charitable event. It’s certainly not a bad thing and it’s perhaps mean-spirited to call those giving back the “wealthy and lazy”.
So often these things are merely social events; forays where the moneyed can see and be seen. The nobility of the cause is of far lesser value than the chance for the social set to be regarded as the caring and kind people they may not be. At least as The Wise I sees it. Although acknowledged that it’s no mind the impetus, if worthy charities received needed funds than I must suppose it’s win-win.
There was a bit of drama in this past episode in that all of the female contestants were invited to raid Paris’ closet for suitable clothes for the night out. An invitation greeted eagerly by the contestants. Except for Latricia, a big lady who would not fit into a thing Paris Hilton wears.
Latricia sent the other contestants on their way, assuring them that she was fine. They begged her to come along but Latricia had nothing suitable to wear one must assume. Latricia teared up a bit but later informed the ever present camera that the whole gang of them were getting on her “very last nerve”. How I know the feeling.
Before the gang could take off, Kathy Hilton appeared and cajoled Latricia to go along. Which Latricia did, lamenting that the gang had sicced the “big guns” on her.
Said drama was supposed to assure us that the Hiltons did indeed have big hearts and would not think of excluding Latricia of the improper dress. I don’t for a minute think any of this would happen in the Hiltons’ “real” life.
The next day, despite pouring rain, the estate sale and auction went off as planned. Both the sale and auction items included items contributed by the Hiltons, including Paris’ sweet sixteen dress and a treasured tiara she wore on her 21st birthday. Paris nicely wore the tiara as demonstration, saying that everyone should have a tiara on their birthday. While The Wise I has never had a tiara for her birthday and wouldn’t wear it had one been given.
But that’s just me.
The auctioneers as designated by each team were telling.
Johnny, the contestant eliminated this past week, seemed a natural choice for the job on behalf of the Madison team. Handsome Johnny demurred for fear he would slip in too many cuss words. I am NOT making this up.
So Ann took the job and she was awful. Ann had some idea that she should upbeat and perky, once laughing to the auction crowd that “we’ve got to get rid of breast cancer”.
A very odd way to put it.
For the remainder of the auction she pranced amid the audience, making silly remarks about the items for sale, sometimes demonstrating their use in a very un-artful manner.
Rashad was the designated auctioneer for the Park team. He did a fine, sober job and indeed the Park team ended up raising the most money.
So someone on the Madison team had to go. At which point the audience was treated to a rather bizarre session with Yvette and Johnny tattle-telling on each other. Seems the two had romance intentions for each other except Yvette thought it far more serious than Johnny.
Johnny was sent home.
In this last episode I gained a new appreciation for Latricia. A focal character in this series although I’m not sure how long she’s going to last.
For Latricia has no more business being in this contest than, well, me.
She’s a big lady with a tough exterior covering a tender heart. She’s street-smart and world-wise. My guess is that she’s the contestant featured so predominantly as she is the antithesis of everything Hilton. Latricia would be a perfect candidate for transformation from bag lady to socialite for the series’ final “reveal”.
I wish the big lady luck if this is what she really wants. If nothing else, Latricia, I hope you win the money.
Latricia, you’ll make a lousy Hilton. And by me, this is a good thing.
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