Paris Hilton & her outrage of being (labeled) 'vacant'


Call her anything but vacant, people! And if anyone wonders why the word 'vacant' is so offensive.

According to merriam-webster.com, the word 'vacant' is defined as:
1 : not occupied by an incumbent, possessor, or officer
2 : being without content or occupant
3 : free from activity or work : disengaged
4 : devoid of thought, reflection, or expression
5 : not lived in
6 a : not put to use b : having no heir or claimant : abandoned

I guess the definition no.4 is the one that has riled Paris Hilton the most. (That, and also the fact that her image was used without her permission.) She has thought angrily how wrong the advert is. She reflected how she shall benefit from the situation (Shall I sue the company?). And she expressed clearly & publicly how offended she is. So yes, she's for sure not 'vacant'!

Of course she somewhat enjoys a free publicity. But hey, her move to threaten to sue the Wellington billboard company, Media5 (the company that was responsible for the ad) is equally smart. She just creates another publicity on her own. Smart, girl!

Wonder what this Media5 said about the incident? Partially quoted from WAtoday, "Paris threatens to sue over vacant jibe":
Adam McGregor from Media5 told the Sunday Star-Times the company, which had grown from having 35 to 70 advertising sites in Wellington and Auckland, was not using Hilton to endorse their billboards. They were "just having a bit of fun".

"We wanted to draw some attention to some of our unsold display as we expanded, so we briefed a friend who runs his own boutique agency to work up a range of creative concepts. We liked the ones he came up with using high-profile public figures the best because they were fun.

"We were thinking about using Winston Peters, but Paris is much prettier and she has a proven ability to laugh at herself. We assume that the agency has taken care of the rights to the image of Paris, but we will ask the question," McGregor said.

If Hilton's lawyers asked for her image to be removed from the billboard, the company would probably oblige. "We're not trying to offend anyone."


Well, Paris Hilton may have just proved that she's unable to laugh at herself. Anyway, in this 'vacant' context, who's in his/her right mind will do that?!

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