Soon after Paris Hilton's 23-day jail stint related to DUI charges, she announced that she wanted to go to Rwanda to “help save some people’s lives.” The head of the charity group she was to accompany revealed that Ms. Hilton’s five-day African trip would be documented by a camera crew. The footage of Paris Hilton visiting schools and clinics in Rwanda was reportedly going to be used to sell a new reality TV show called The Philanthropist. “There’s so much need in that area, and I feel like if I go, it will bring more attention to what people can do to help,” Ms. Hilton said.
In Rwanda, where the country continues to recover from the trauma of the 1994 genocide in which a million people perished, news of Paris Hilton’s impending visit was met with unique diplomacy. Spare Us the Traumatic Experience of Paris Hilton shrieked one Rwandan newspaper headline. Hilton Trip Will Bring Embarrassment to Country and Herself warned another news article, claiming that a reality show based squarely on Ms. Hilton’s quick trip would be “a truly awful scar on Rwanda.”
After the fuss hit the fan, the charity group postponed the trip. But a different charity stepped right up and offered to bring Paris to Rwanda, despite—or because of—the intense global interest in seemingly everything she does.
What do you think? Is the Rwandan media justified in its condemnation of Paris Hilton? Or could she actually do some good for the long suffering country?