I have to admit the latest episode in the Cirque de Paris here in L.A. has made me think how utterly ridiculous this city can be at times. I’ve lived here for 17 years now, a transplant from small town MA, and I’ve seen it all over the years.
Today was one of those days when I thought to myself, some where in this city there are real people living their lives. But instead as Hart noted here earlier today, we’re subject once again to this ridiculous display of L.A.’s “perpetual ineptness when it comes to balancing the scales of justice in high-profile celebrity cases.”
Need I remind you of all the miscues in the Rodney King, O.J. and Robert Blake cases?
Note to the county courts: If you can’t convict, you need to quit.
And if you want to play ping-pong use a ball and some paddles — not a young heiress with purported medical issuesIt’s apparent that the dueling egos of Sheriff Lee Baca and Judge Michael T. Sauer have turned what should had been a simple case into a huge debacle that news outlets have recorded every second of. On Thursday, Baca, purportedly on the recommendation of Hilton’s shrink, reassigned the heiress to house arrest without consulting the court, the city attorney or the prosecutor involved in the case. Hilton’s release after having served only three days of a 23- or 45-day sentence resulted in a firestorm of criticism that had everyone from legal pundits to the Rev. Al Sharpton crying foul.
If Hilton, 26, was indeed on the verge of falling apart before her hearing this afternoon, she must be completely over the edge by now. It’s no wonder she’s reportedly spending the weekend in the psych ward.
Yet if Sauer, as some folks have speculated, is really out to get Hilton because of her wealth and fame, it might be because he’s grown weary of young Hollywood’s apparent disregard for the law. You’ve got teens in bars, DUI arrests every other day and those are the only things we routinely hear about. Hilton, the reigning queen of this scene, has now been elevated or demoted, to serving as the poster child for celebrity reform. Making an example, however, out of Hilton might prove to be yet another blunder for the city’s legal system. If in fact her undisclosed medical condition is real and something happens to her when she’s on lockdown, the Hiltons might subsequently own more than a few hotels in L.A. They might be granted the deeds to the coveted three Bs — Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Brentwood.
Conversely, if Hilton is faking it or just having a natural adverse reaction to solitary confinement, the sheriff will look foolish and once again the world will be laughing at yet another dramatic episode of L.A. Law.
Whatever…. I mean come on, does Paris really matter in the grand scheme of how messed this country is right now. Maybe she’s the poster child for the folks who want to ignore the real tragedies in our country by focusing on the celebrity dramas that take away from the real discourse about fixing our country. If we can’t fix Paris, then what can we fix? There’s a lot broken in our country and no doubt one of the things that needs fixing is our justice system, and the other is our media’s obsession with the celebrity follies here in L.A.. Like this self admitted, “highly trained tabloid news professional.”
Good gracious even John Edwards felt compelled to step into the fray and comment on poor pitiful Paris…
When asked about Ms. Hilton’s release on Thursday he said, “Without regard to Paris Hilton, we have two Americas and I think what’s important is, it’s obvious that the problem exists.”
Frankly I am bored to tears with the celebrity follies of L.A.. I live here because I like the weather. The celebrity circus goes on daily around here and most days you walk into the grocery store and see some unsuspecting star shopping like the rest of us. And there’s days like this when you shake your head say really who cares? Well, some folks feel sorry for Paris and some want to see justice served. I just tuned it out all day, because really somewhere in L.A. real people like me are living their lives and the Cirque de Paris is just another traffic stopper in downtown L.A.. And somewhere in Africa, people are still going hungry.
Life goes on… It’s doubtful with all the added drama that Paris Hilton will learn her lesson. But the outrage over the Paris Hilton fiasco will live on, as the Smoking Gun notes, “Angry e-mails flood L.A. officials over Hilton’s kid gloves treatment.” Funny… while I was busy doing what real people do in L.A. tonight, watching my daughter perform with her high school orchestra, the parent of one of my daughter’s classmates, who works in the down town L.A. prosecutor’s office told me that they had been flooded with emails and calls.
But, please… Stay tuned until the next celebrity goes of the deep end and turns L.A. upside down again. I can’t promise I’ll jump right on the story however, because celebrity gossip bores me to tears.