ARTICLE NATASHA STAGG

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TRENDS OF PARIS S/S '14

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THE VIDEO: GOOD TIME

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THE VIDEO: GOOD TIME

TEXT NATASHA STAGG

"GOOD TIME," BY PARIS HILTON FEAT. LIL' WAYNE, IS FINALLY A VIDEO, BELOW, AND IT'S A GOOD TIME

Honestly, I don't get people who don't get Paris Hilton. I don't have to go over her career—you know it, from its (her) inception until today, since being born rich means your life is available for public judgment, if you let it be. And Paris lets it be, and she has an unmatched sense of humor about it. Listen to the lyrics of "Good Time" and know that Paris is the pinnacle of a delusional capitalist society, that the glitz we strive for is as crafted as candy, but worth it if nothing else matters. And to Paris (or, "The Girl Paris Hilton" as Vincent Gallo, in one of my absolute favorite song titles lovingly calls her), nothing else does. What is better than the life she lives? And who would live it if she didn't? As stars fall out of step with the manic-depressive lifestyle required of them, either decrying the bad feedback they recieve or backing away into shadows, not able to handle it, Paris smiles her crooked smile, slowly winks, and asks, "Are you having a good time? 'Cuz I'm having a good time..."

In Paris's world, everything is fun if it's fun, everything is beautiful if it's beautiful, hot if it's hot... It's just that simple. And speaking of, please rewatch now The Simple Life if you haven't, and notice just how ahead of their time Paris and Nicole were back then. I'm not talking about style, since they set those trends instead of predicting them. I'm talking about just how calmly they took their media beating before My Super Sweet Sixteen, Rich Girls, and other parodies of spoiled brat life were painted onto unsuspecting teens who, no offense, haven't taken it half as lightly. I mean, Paris let Sofia Coppola's Bling Ring, a fictionalized version of the fictionalized version of Alexis and Gabrielle Neiers's real lives (Pretty Wild), get filmed in her actual house, and she had a cameo in it. And that movie was about those girls really robbing her, you know. 

To Paris, there is good and there is bad. Because she is rich, the world is black and white. This, she lets us know, is what the top looks like. Still want it? Whatever, if you don't, she does. She loves it. She's been torn to shreds by the public for years—over a decade—and still she says, against a generic but catchy EDM track and before a generic but enjoyable Lil' Wayne verse, "I don't really give a fuck. Move out of my way, 'cuz I came to party rock." And so it is.

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