OK. First Anna Nicole, now Paris Hilton. Is there anybody out there that agrees with me that they are sick and tired of overexposed starlets (Paris Hilton, Britany Spears, and all their friends) parading around the MSM acting like they should be the focus of the lives of all Americans? I guess I can’t blame them – I guess the fact that even I am paying attention is testimony to the power that the rich and famous have on all of us. That being said, I think that spoiled rich girl Paris Hilton (who has other siblings who behave themselves) and her mother crying about the travesty of justice when Paris was caught drunk driving, refusing to enter the alcohol rehab ordered by the court, then getting caught twice driving on her suspended license, not to mention signing a statement the first time that she understood that she shouldn’t be driving,… is over the top. The only travesty of justice is that her little fanny isn’t sitting on a cold jail bench as we speak. Most of us would have been carted away from the first, or secord or third incident in handcuffs – as is should be. She is not only a disgrace, but a danger to herself and others. Has her overprotected mother thought of that? Paris is lucky that not one, but 3 police officers have caught her illegally driving before she kills somebody else or herself. Now she and her supporters are evidently using her “My Space” site to get signatures on a petition asking for leniency:

Paris Hilton blogs for forgiveness

Paris Hilton has posted a blog on her MySpace page that urges visitors to sign an online petition that asks authorities for leniency.

Zoe Mutter
PC World
Wednesday, May 9, 2007; 8:32 PM

Paris Hilton has used her MySpace site to post a blog urging visitors to sign an online petition that asks authorities for leniency regarding her drink driving conviction.

The petition, which was set up by a Hilton supporter, calls on California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to terminate her jail sentence.

Hilton was charged in Los Angeles with driving under the influence and sentenced to 45 days in Century Regional Detention Facility in California beginning on 5 June.

The petition claims Hilton provides “beauty and excitement to our otherwise mundane lives.”

“We do not support drunk driving or DUI charges. Paris should have been sober. But she shouldn’t go to jail, either,” the petition continues.

Those who have signed the petition also claim that the sentence is unfair and was given to put the dangers of drink driving into the public eye. [Yup – that’s part of the point, methinks!] The petition has received almost 12,000 signatures so far.

It seems to me that taking responsibility for her actions and having to spend some time in jail thinking about her actions is the best lesson her mother could allow her to learn. It is not like it will destroy her career, like a jail term would for the rest of us….

Alos, after having worked in an Emergency Department for 4 years, I have seen too many young people come throught the doors and watched as their families melted in the rooms when they came to bid their child goodbye forever. There are images that I will never be able to erase from my mind. As the mother of a daughter who is about ready to start driving, they can’t remove enough Paris Hiltons from our roads fast enough for me.

Here’s a novel idea: Just think how much of a service she would do for the young drivers to which she is appealing, to stand up in public and say: “I screwed up and look what’s going to happen to me! Don’t let this happen to you – don’t drink and drive!” But of course, that will detract from her bad-girl image. I wonder how many of those 12,000 signatures have drunk/drug/DUI convictions behind them?

I would love to hear from anyone who has signed the petition – I would love to know the reason why you signed it. (Don’t worry, we are usually well behaved here – your opinions are welcome)

Of course, the opinion of anyone who agrees with me is welcome too!

Full story here.