McCain ad is a waste of money and time, says Paris Hilton’s mom

By Emily Morgan

August 4, 2008 at 2:02pm

One of John McCain’s latest anti-Obama ads is alienating at least one of his supporters: Kathy Hilton, mother of Paris.

The ad, titled “Celeb,” calls Obama “the biggest celebrity in the world,” and juxtaposes images of the Democratic presidential candidate with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

Kathy Hilton posted her response to the ad on Huffington Post yesterday morning, calling the video a waste of McCain supporters’ money, not to mention voters’ time and attention.

Hilton concluded that the ad “is a completely frivolous way to choose the next president of the United States.”

Hilton and her hotel-magnate husband have given $4,600 to McCain’s campaign in the past year.

Paris Hilton released a statement through her representative last week stating that her permission was not given or requested for the McCain campaign’s use of her image.

New York Times op-ed columnist Bob Herbert wrote Saturday that McCain was “calling out Barack Obama on race,” connecting him to highly-sexed white women who are “notorious for displaying themselves to the paparazzi while not wearing underwear.”

Race, Herbert wrote, is the only reason “the opposition feels compelled to run low-life political ads featuring tacky, sexually provocative white women who have no connection whatsoever to the black male candidates.”

Steve Schmidt, a senior advisor to McCain countered, “It’s beyond dispute that (Obama) has become the biggest celebrity in the world.”

McCain’s camp is also running another anti-Obama ad that aligns Obama with a personality who might be considered the polar opposite of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears: Moses. The second ad, titled “The One,” mocks Obama by comparing him to Moses separating the waters of the Red Sea.

Watch the McCain-sponsored ads “Celeb” and “The One” below:


Paris Hilton has responded to John McCain’s campaign ad with a spoof video, posted on the website Funny or Die.

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