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Paris takes L.A.


BoifromTroy blogs West Hollywood's gay pride parade which Paris and Kathy Hilton led as Grand Marshalls. Why the choice of Paris Hilton? It was a selection that perplexed many in the community who felt that a better role model might have been chosen to lead the 35th annual parade down Santa Monica Boulevard.

However, having lived recently in L.A. for seven years, and experiencing seven years of disappointment with West Hollywood's uninspired, poorly executed street festival, I have to say that at least the addition of the Hiltons to the parade throws in an element of novelty that changes things up a bit. Perhaps it made a few people actually come and watch it. The parade has finally embraced its own freak factor.

So she's a celebrity famous for doing nothing. Seems like this year's choice fits the city's image to a T.

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  1. What do you expect from a pride celebration that has had as its theme/slogan for the last two years respectively "Hello ... Pride" and "How Do You Wear Your Pride?". The answer of course is an absolute lack of substance, purpose, or meaning.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 13, 2005 11:21:06 AM

  2. The slogans remind me of a movie, Drop Dead Gorgeous (hysterical if you haven't seen it) and the slogans they create for the beauty pageant..."proud to be an American", "Amer-I-Can" stupid and pointless all at the same time...just like the WeHo parade. I'm surprised they didn't have Reichen as the Grand Marshall ;)

    Posted by: Wayne | Jun 13, 2005 11:25:34 AM

  3. As underrated as it was, I loved Drop Dead Gorgeous. Having lived in Minnesota my entire life makes the humor even MORE special. "U.S.A's A.O.K.!"

    Posted by: Braidy | Jun 13, 2005 12:09:17 PM

  4. Yes, the parade was as dispiriting as ever, but Paris' presence was actually one of the highpoints: she and her mother, Kathy, waved and smiled enthusiastically from their perch and Paris definitely was "workin' it". More hopeful was Mayor-Elect Antonio Villaraigosa riding in a car, wearing a cute shirt, and looking like he was having a good time.

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 13, 2005 12:18:18 PM

  5. Things like this bother me precisely because PRIDE is suppose to be out the cause but instead it becomes about marketing. I'm sure Paris has many gay friends and is in fact gay-friendly, which does not however make her a champion for queer-rights. Something I'm fairly certain she's clueless about.

    Posted by: Flesh von Wintoor | Jun 13, 2005 12:50:16 PM

  6. Andy;
    I could not agree with you more about the uninspired parades West Hollywood throws. For a town with so many party planners and people in the business and a Pride Commitee that suppossedly works year round on this dud of a festival, I find it hard to believe that they call themselves 'Christopher Street West." It totally mirrors the lifestyle there, wherein everyone is in their own car with no sense of community or inspiration to be a part of one. After year three of being a resident in WeHo I just threw in the towel and stopped attending.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 13, 2005 1:26:10 PM

  7. Eh, yup, vapid bimbism does sound like a lot of queer marketing aspirations... if only they could turn us all into brainless, souless consumers of stuff we don't need...

    Posted by: liberal server | Jun 13, 2005 2:04:15 PM

  8. Two things:

    1. Drop Dead Gorgeous was hysterical. Best scene is Ellen Barkin at pageant using her recently fused-to-her-hand beercan as an ashtray!

    2. I was a little saddened to read that LA Pride would have Paris Hilton as Grand Marshall. Where I'm from (Toronto), this "role" was for esteemed being(s) that have fought long and hard battles for our current rights or ar respected community members with a cause, purpose or simple raison d'etre. Perhaps the LA Pride selection committee needs to aim just a tad higher.

    Posted by: Mark | Jun 13, 2005 2:09:15 PM

  9. Oh please people, gay pride is just an excuse to pop a pill of E and act like a bunch of girls at Cancun Spring Break.
    I think it's difficult if not impossible to genuninely celebrate the meaning of Gay Pride in a gay ghetto, especially when the event is sponsored by a liquor company, and when many of us rarely travel outside of the our gay worlds.
    Go to a Midwestern Pride festival if it's sincerity you want.

    Posted by: Astro Boy | Jun 13, 2005 2:25:42 PM

  10. andy, i thought the same thing- paris is the perfect GM for the Street Party Otherwise Known As LA Pride.

    Here in Orange County- CA, our last Pride Festival was in 2001, I think. The next year it was cancelled due to lack of interest or something and we'd never had one since. Strange and ironic.

    Posted by: bmw | Jun 13, 2005 2:55:56 PM

  11. I'm a bit disappointed, but not really surprised, in reading all the stories and blogs entries about LA Pride there is little to no mention of the AIDS/LifeCycle (1600 of us road our bikes from SF to LA last week, with 400 volunteer roadies to raise money and awarness in the fight against HIV/AIDS) yet Paris Hilton is everywhere.

    I'm really glad I could manage to avoid all of it while I was down there last weekend. Just two weeks until SF Pride.

    Posted by: Jamison | Jun 13, 2005 6:45:03 PM

  12. I agree, when I lived in LA I avoided this mess. My favorite part was how the bars on Santa Monica Blvd jack up their "cover" charges to scalp the tourists. I didn't want to go into them when they were free, why would I pay?

    Posted by: richard the yankee | Jun 14, 2005 7:25:48 AM

  13. Oh, my dears, the travesty wasn't confined to two clueless bleached blonds in a large pink shoe. Other official guests DID include Reichen, in all his narcissistic glory, as one of the official "festival" MCs, putting the HO in WeHo, (accompanied by his ferocious ennabling biological Mum, "Paging Dr. Freud!"). Other official hosts, who've done SO much to stop America from seeing us as freaks, were gargantuan drag Grotesque "Momma" and the reptilian Billy Mastersbation. And didn't Paris express disgust about men kissing on one of the episodes of "The Simpleton Life"? I read that her mother nearly wet herself when she thought an interviewer meant she was a lez when he asked why she came out for the parade. The inmates are running the asylum...

    Posted by: Tagg | Jun 14, 2005 2:16:11 PM

  14. I am so glad to hear that there was no reason for the Hiltons to be at the parade, because I thought I somehow missed a significant contribution from an insignificant celebrity. I was frankly disgusted by this choice; if the CSW planners are so tired of doing this that this is what they resort to, then it's time for them to move aside. Every year I look around and see the same fucking booths on the same fucking cement and hear the same fucking music, and think--is this the best that all these gays in Los Angeles can do? Thank god I have a lot of personal pride, because it's hard to take any in this "celebration" we're given. At least this year there weren't any pathetic carnival rides.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 14, 2005 7:36:50 PM

  15. OMG I was there! I stayed a few extra days after the AIDS Life Cycle Ride to hang in West Hollywood. Unfortunately I was too tired to do any partying, but I still had fun!

    Posted by: Scott | Jun 14, 2005 9:05:02 PM

  16. Where was all this bitching a few years ago when the GM of the parade was Elvira? Paris Hilton is one of the most recognizable faces and names in the US at the moment, and even better she is straight. Its a statement to her fans (of which I am not one) that she is totally cool with gay people and they have no reason not to be as well. Its great to celebrate gay leaders, but lets not rip on those non-gays who are willing to put their reputations (though hers seems pretty undamagable) on the line to say that they are cool with it.

    Posted by: Dan B | Jun 15, 2005 12:29:31 AM

  17. Reputation? Paris? Her mother? For what? Being Exhibits A & B for evolution going in reverse?
    Sure, Elvira was a D-cup/D-list celebrity with little more than a cult following, BUT she has a long history of promoting gay rights and charities, including the Trevor Project and AIDS that compared to the record of Mesdames Hilton regarding anything beyond admiring their own reflections she's Madame Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Mother Jones all rolled into one. A multitude of fans? Sure, including gay Amazing Race ciphers Reichen & Lynn & Alex. GLAAD will no doubt be giving them an award soon, adding them to their long list of Celebrities Who Will Show Up. But their inclusion Sunday, like Christopher Street West programming generally, was a sad joke. LA LAers:
    just say NO to drugs from now on.

    Posted by: Lolly | Jun 15, 2005 7:28:56 PM

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