The World According to Paris

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Voyeuristic look at catty, self-involved party girl.

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Positive Messages

Friendship and family are major themes here. So is materialism and having fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Paris is pretty narcissistic and can be very catty, but she is extremely loyal to her friends and family.

Violence

A highly publicized and potentially life-threatening break-in into Paris Hilton's home by a knife-wielding stranger is discussed. Arguments break out between Paris and her friends/boyfriend.

Sex

Paris is shown bathing (with her naked chest blurred) and standing around in towels. Crude sexual references are sometimes made. Brooke Mueller's divorce from ex-husband Charlie Sheen is discussed, as are his sexual exploits. One cast member is a porn writer. References are also made to strippers and lesbianism.

Language

Words like "damn," "ass," "bitch,"  "pissed," and "crap" are audible, while words like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped. Crude expressions like "sucks balls" are sometimes heard.

Consumerism

Paris drives a pink Bentley Continental GT and a GMC SUV. Not surprisingly, she wears lots of labels, like Christian Louboutin and Channel. Apple computers are also visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol consumption (wine, mixed drinks) at home and at clubs is frequent. Brooke Mueller is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict and discusses her journey toward recovery.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this voyeuristic reality show about Paris Hilton contains some strong references to sexual exploits and pornography, as well as scenes of the celeb in the bath (nudity blurred). The language is strong ("bitch,"  "pissed," "crap"; stronger ones bleeped), and alcohol consumption (wine, cocktails) is frequent both at home and at clubs. Lover's quarrels and catty arguing are common. Lots of high end brands like Chanel, Louboutin, and Bentley Continental are visible. Hilton's legal battles, as well as some disturbing home invasions, and other controversies are also briefly discussed.

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What's the story?

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO PARIS is a reality show designed to give viewers the chance to look into the private world of controversial socialite Paris Hilton. Cameras follow her as she completes her court-mandated community service, gets hounded by the paparazzi, and parties with best friends Brooke Mueller, club promoter Allison Melnick, and photographer Jennifer Rovero. They also get to see how her long-term relationship with boyfriend Cy Waits continues to develop. Helping her get through it all is her mom Kathy, and her assistant Lexie Dreyfus.

Is it any good?

The series, which was produced to highlight Hilton's more serious and vulnerable side, underscores the importance the socialite places on her family as well as her very few trusted friends. It also calls attention to some of her real-life problems, including her struggle to find any sort of privacy, her run-ins with the law, and her personal safety, which have become more urgent thanks to a series of disturbing and potentially life-threatening home invasions.

Despite these trials, it is difficult to take the narcissistic Paris seriously, especially when she uses a baby voice to get what she wants, and allows cameras to film her while she's bathing. Her focus on materialism, and the catty behavior she exhibits towards some folks, doesn't make her an ideal role model, either. Some folks may get some voyeuristic pleasure from watching her, but overall, there really isn't much here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why celebs appear on reality shows. If Paris Hilton is concerned about her privacy and her safety, why does she continue to produce and star in her own unscripted shows? Is it the money? The celebrity status it gives her?

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