Paris Hilton's My New BFF

Common Sense Media says

Vapid reality contest reinforces shallow values.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

In Paris' world, looks matter -- a lot. To prove it, she gets rid of the plainest contestants right off the bat and gives the remaining 14 mandatory makeovers. Paris is on the hunt for a hot friend who can party hard. But her new BFF must also be "classy" and "keep it real." Don't fit that criteria? Buh-bye.

Violence

Some verbal sparring, but nothing physical.

Sex

Prospective BFFs are asked about their sex lives as part of the interview process. When asked how many guys they've slept with, one of them fires back, "Tonight?," while another replies, "Not enough, I'm sure." Female contestants also show lots of skin, and they're encouraged to maintain a sexy image, but Paris stresses they shouldn't go "porno." An androgynous male contestant wears makeup and claims to represent both sexes.

Language

"Bitch" (and its plural form, "bitches") is used a lot. Some contestants swear more than others, but one has a particular penchant for peppering sentences with "s--t" and "f--k" (both of which are bleeped).

Consumerism

Paris communicates with contestants via BlackBerry, offers makeovers courtesy of Fred Segal Beauty, and gives winners expensive presents from marquis retailers like XIV Carats. Editors from In Touch magazine also make an appearance.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Because partying is a job requirement, contestants are often shown with an alcoholic beverage in hand -- whether it be shots, beer, or hard liquor.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the overall message here -- that being fabulous in Paris Hilton's eyes requires a girl (or guy) to look hot, party hard, and work the red carpet -- is troubling, to say the least. Paris says she's looking for a classy friend who can show she's "real," too, but outward appearances seem far more important. There's also some light swearing (Paris and her prospective friends regularly refer to each other as "bitches," but "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped) and moderate luxury brand name-dropping. Teen girls, especially, will soak this up, so parents -- beware.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In PARIS HILTON'S MY NEW BFF, 18 hopefuls from across the country -- 16 girls and two guys -- compete to become hotel heiress Paris Hilton's new best friend. (As for the "forever part? That remains to be seen.) To whittle down the pool of prospective BFFs, Paris puts her acquaintances through a series of elimination-style challenges designed to show who's a keeper and who's a loser. Paris makes it clear that she's ultimately looking for someone who 1) can party, 2) has class, taste, and business savvy, 3) is real, and 4) is hot ... in that order.

Is it any good?

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Hilton has no problems being blunt, so here's hoping she doesn't hate us for saying that this inane, negative MTV reality series is utterly skippable. The only thing it has going for it is unintentional comedy. In fact, the premise is so ridiculous that a few of the contestants are actually smirking as they go through the elimination ceremony, which is supposed to be serious -- at least in theory. Paris is quick to call out "Desperate Debbies" -- attention-seeking girls who will do anything to soak up the limelight. But the real Desperate Debbie here is obvious.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Paris really needs to launch a televised search for a new best friend -- and whether she might have other motivations, too. After all, is it really possible to find someone you connect with on a "best friend" level through an overproduced reality show that doesn't provide time for any real intimacy? Teens: Do you admire Paris in general, and would you want to be her constant companion? Why or why not? Who are your best friends? What qualities do they have that make them so special to you?

TV details

Cast:Paris Hilton
Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Teen, 13 years old Written byxxsk8teDCxx December 4, 2008
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addicting to watch

this show is really fun to watch and after you have watched a few shows it is really hard to stop watching
Teen, 13 years old Written byvsquadcheer July 24, 2009
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thats (not) hawt

funny to make fun of!! i watch it because its addicting and interesting. not because i think paris is my idol or anything...
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byCalciano355 December 2, 2008
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It's a fun show and fine for kids who reconize that Paris is not really looking for a new best friend and that , while appearance is somewhat important, a friendship should be based on more than looks.

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