Friday, January 25, 2008
Paris Hilton back to Philadelphia
When Paris Hilton strutted into Franklin Mills about 6:30 p.m., fans erupted at the sight of the woman who has risen from obscenely wealthy heiress to B-movie actress.
Surrounded by an entourage of police, security guards and assistants, Hilton sauntered into the mall through a side entrance near the AMC movie theater and onto a stage.
“I love Philadelphia,” she said to the crowd of more than 1,000 who had gathered to watch her peddle her latest grasp at publicity. “You're all hotties (pause) so (pause) it's hot.”
Hilton appears in the film “The Hottie & the Nottie,” the story of a man who follows his love interest —the “hottie” Hilton — to L.A. only to develop feelings for her best friend, the “nottie,” according to the Internet Movie Database.
“I wanted to meet Paris because she's a big figure in today's society,” said Brian Dowers of Philadelphia's Mayfair section. While acknowledging Hilton can't solve the world's problems, Dowers said she influences a lot of “fashion and nightlife.”
Lauren Greco of Richboro and Taylor Quirk of Huntington Valley said Paris is “very nice” after getting her autograph.
“It kinda proves that the media skews who somebody is,” Greco said. “They make her out to be bad, but I don't think she's bad. Good things happen to good people.”
Not everyone was at the mall to see Hilton though. Some were delayed getting to their cars by security guards blocking sections of the concourse and entrances so Hilton could walk in unimpeded by other human beings. Others didn't even know she was there.
Jay Rivera of North Philadelphia was waiting for his wife to finish shopping so they could watch “Cloverfield” or one of the other movies playing at the theater.
But still it was cool with some mall goers.
“It's pretty cool she's here,” Anthony Franzzo of Northeast Philadelphia said. He and a friend had stopped by the mall for something to eat after going to a nearby gym.
“It's kinda funny, you don't expect this sorta thing in your own neighborhood,” he said.
After signing autographs for several dozen fans, Hilton went into the theater to see the movie along with many fans who received free tickets.
Perhaps two of her biggest fans at the mall were Brittany and Kelly Lowry of Quakertown. The two young women had brought their micro-Chihuahua Diamond — the same breed as Hilton's Tinkerbell.
“We love her,” Brittany Lowry said. “She's our idol because she's rich, she's hot, she's famous and she gets what she wants.”