Opening an Old Can of Worms

I recently read an article about a 2007 interview Paris Hilton had on the David Letterman Show. The article was titled “Paris Hilton says David Letterman ‘purposefully’ tried to ‘humiliate’ her during 2007 interview about jail.” Long title, I know. During the interview, Letterman asked Paris questions that apparently she did not feel comfortable with and that’s understandable. What I don’t understand is why talk about it now? What’s the point of opening an old can of worms? Especially since Letterman apologized.

This became news after Paris mentioned it on her podcast a few days ago. The first paragraph of the article on USA Today writes “During Monday’s episode of her podcast “This is Paris.” etc. I didn’t even know Paris had a podcast until reading this article. I’m not trying to negate how she felt during the interview and the overall situation, but I can’t help but to hesitate these days on what people say when. Celebrities often use “stunts” like these to draw attention to their podcasts, projects, things they’re selling, etc. As of now, there are articles about this interview on; Fox News, Buzzfeed News, USA Today, Yahoo, Entertainment Weekly, Insider, and more.

So what? At the end of the article, it mentions how Letterman apologized. He sent Paris a case of wine. Also, he had her back on his show a few months later to apologize. Letterman stated “I found out afterward I had offended you. I felt horrible about it because I’m not here to make enemies, honestly,” “So I called you, and you took the call, which I thought was very nice of you, and now you’re back and thank God, and I’m terribly sorry.”

Of course, this apology is at the way end of the article, so if you just read the headline or the beginning of the article you can quickly make your assumption. Most likely in a negative view of Letterman. I’m also not saying that it’s okay to talk about subjects that make others uncomfortable and to push boundaries. However, people make mistakes. When does the bullied become the bully? And to add to that, when does the media become the accomplice?

I believe that some things are better left in the past. What’s the point of bringing this up again? Maybe if it wasn’t resolved, sure. However, it just seems as though people want to talk about anything to remain relevant and the media let’s them do it for click bait. It’s like the cans of worms that feed each other. Lastly, why is this on Fox News? It’s laughable how far away the “news” is from reporting on actual news.

REFERENCE: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/paris-hilton-david-letterman-purposefully-humiliate-2007-interview-jail

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2021/03/01/paris-hilton-accuses-david-letterman-trying-humiliate-me/6878152002/

COMPLETED: 3/4/21

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