Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Paris Hilton Tries to Help Drunk Elephants

The headline for this piece was so bizarre I couldn't let it go. So now she's the celebrity spokesperson for a big problem in India:

"Activists said a celebrity endorsement such as Hilton's was sure to raise awareness of the plight of the pachyderms that get drunk on farmers' homemade rice beer and then go on a rampage.

'The elephants get drunk all the time. It is becoming really dangerous. We need to stop making alcohol available to them,' the 26-year-old socialite said in a report posted on World Entertainment News Network's Web site. Her comments were picked up by other Web sites and newspapers around the globe.

Last month, six wild elephants that broke into a farm in the state of Meghalaya were electrocuted after drinking the potent brew and then uprooting an electricity pole.

'There would have been more casualties if the villagers hadn't chased them away. And four elephants died in a similar way three years ago. It is just so sad,' Hilton was quoted as saying in Tokyo last week. She was in Tokyo to judge a beauty contest.

Her publicist couldn't immediately be reached for comment Tuesday."

Her publicist is speechless and so am I.

6 comments:

Zac said...

Unfortunately, the AP just retracted that story. According to her publicist, Paris never made any comments about the drunken elephants.

Matt Mullenix said...

Too good to be true. I can spot a fake quote, having made one or two up in my day. :-)

But oh: It SHOULD be true.

Heidi the Hick said...

"it's like, so sad and stuff. It's mean."

Matt Mullenix said...

Heidi THAT quote would have fooled everyone!

Reid Farmer said...

Well, it was fun while it lasted.

Tiger said...

Phoney or not I can't help but muse that this is exactly the kind of "heavy" thinking going on in the "minds" of the Paris Hiltons of the world.