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Paris Hilton [Won’t] Help Drunken Elephants

[See update below for the latest.]

From her undying fans at the Associated Press:

Socialite Paris Hilton poses at a photocall after news conference at the Hyatt Hotel on November 10, 2007 in Seoul, South Korea.

Hilton Tries to Help Drunk Elephants

Paris Hilton’s Efforts to Save Binge-Drinking Elephants Are Praised by Conservationists



Paris Hilton is being praised by conservationists for highlighting the problem of binge-drinking elephants in northeastern India.

Activists said a celebrity endorsement such as Hilton’s was sure to raise awareness of the plight of the pachyderms that get drunk on farmers’ homemade rice beer and then go on a rampage.

“The elephants get drunk all the time. It is becoming really dangerous. We need to stop making alcohol available to them,” the 26-year-old socialite said in a report posted on World Entertainment News Network’s Web site

Last month, six wild elephants that broke into a farm in the state of Meghalaya were electrocuted after drinking the potent brew and then uprooting an electricity pole.

“There would have been more casualties if the villagers hadn’t chased them away. And four elephants died in a similar way three years ago. It is just so sad,” Hilton was quoted as saying in Tokyo last week. She was in Tokyo to judge a beauty contest

She announced plans to do charity work in Rwanda, but the trip was postponed until next year.

Sangeeta Goswami, head of animal rights group People for Animals, told The Associated Press: “I am indeed happy Hilton has taken note of recent incidents of wild elephants in northeast India going berserk after drinking homemade rice beer and getting killed.”

“As part of her global elephant campaign, Hilton should, in fact, think of visiting this region literally infested with elephants,” Goswami said.

Another conservationist said elephant alcohol abuse was just a symptom of the real problem

That’s true for Ms. Hilton, too, isn’t it? All of her bad behavior has surely been caused by global warming. (Hence her eschewal of underwear.)

But isn’t it disturbing to see how the meaning of “socialite” has been defined so downward:

And words like “work” and “effort” have been rendered practically meaningless.

Still, I thought it might be nice to post a palliative after the spate Hillary posts.

Though come to think of it, it’s just a different kind of skankyness, isn’t it?


Alas, even this news was too good to be true, if we are to believe Ms. Hilton’s publicist.

For the Associated Press has issued this “corrective”:

CORRECTIVE: Paris Hilton Story

GAUHATI, India (AP) — In a Nov. 13 story, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that Paris Hilton was praised by conservationists for highlighting the problem of binge-drinking elephants in northeastern India. Lori Berk, a publicist for Hilton, said she never made any comments about helping drunken elephants in India.

Still, it gave us all hope for a better world for a little while anyway.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 13th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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