Paris Hilton has opened up about the negative impact of the South Park portrayal and said it affected her mental health.
The satirical animated series is known for portraying various celebrities, including Tom Cruise, Kim Kardashian, Caitlyn Jenner, Paris Hilton, Kanye West, and Sarah Jessica Parker – and none of them were sweet!
In 2004, the sitcom aired an episode titled ‘Stupid Spoiled W**** Video Playset,’ in which they depicted Hilton’s character with wonky eyes and frequently showing coughing up ejaculate.
As indicated by the episode’s title, viewers saw South Park girls who became obsessed with emulating the socialite turned into ‘stupid spoiled w****s.’
During the episode, Hilton’s pet Chihuahua even committed suicide after becoming tired of her.
“The poster featured my face and the tagline: ‘Watch Paris die!’ I didn’t mind that marketing approach, and I wasn’t naïve about why they chose it,” she wrote in her book, Paris: The Memoir.
“I’m the title character, but they also apply that epithet to Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Tara Reid, and all the little girls who were fans, which upset me more than anything ugly they could say about me.”
“It also upsets me that the episode graphically portrays Tinkerbell [Hilton’s pet dog] being shot and killed. The thought of that made me sick. I’ve been involved in some pretty edgy media, but I don’t even know where something like that comes from,” she added.
Despite the negative portrayal, Hilton chose not to speak against it at that time, leading to her receiving harsh criticism from one of its creators.
“When a journalist told Matt [Stone] about my muted red-carpet response, he said, ‘That shows how f***ed up she is, ‘” the 42-year-old wrote in her book.
“My not wanting to watch his cartoon about my dog being shot and me coughing up ejaculate — that’s evidence of how f***ed up I am.”
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