Last year, the town of San Gregorio, Mexico endured an earthquake that left 370 people dead and destroyed many, many homes.
Paris Hilton, who was recently in Mexico for the launch of her footwear company, made headlines during a visit to the town. The cameras were around to catch her hanging out merchandise (i.e. Paris Hilton-branded perfume and pillows) to locals. She also donated $350,000 to help with rebuilding the town.
And, well, the backlash to her philanthropy was swift.
Critics argue it was all just a PR stunt.
To be fair, this isn’t Paris’ first time visiting the community. A couple of months after the earthquake took place, Paris donated funds and other essential items to aid the relief. Seeing Mexico as her “second home”, she vowed to give back every time she visits the country.
So is this criticism justified?
“Is it great that she did something? Of course,” Cynthia said when our hosts discussed the topic. “But at the same time, I think it does kind of smack of a clueless privilege…You don’t show up when people have had their lives decimated in full lashes and makeup.”
On the other hand, Paris’ celebrity status is bringing attention to an issue that otherwise might have went unheard of.
“Don’t stop somebody from doing a good thing,” Melissa argued. “Celebrities can’t win. If they do it, they must be doing it for publicity.”
What do you think?