Paris Hilton and Martha Stewart…
June 9, 2007
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One of the more intriguing aspects of the current Paris Hilton scandal is her total inability to cope with adversity. Her cultivated image of cool beauty and untouchable transcendence of life’s normal restraints completely exploded in the face of a series of run-ins with the law. Suddenly she is accountable. Money, privilege, fame and a lifetime of worshipful support by family and fans turned to ashes the first time her behavior was seriously challenged.
I keep thinking of Martha Stewart who faced similar problems and perhaps because of more maturity and wisdom turned a prison term into some constructive changes within herself and for the benefit of her company and the public. She handled herself well in prison. And she was a sadder but wiser woman when she emerged from her incarceration. As a result she picked herself up, dusted herself off and proceeded to get right back into the life she was making for herself. She seems to be a better person. She learned some things. She coped. I respect that.
My guess is that Ms. Stewart heard some “no’s” along the line as she grew up – and learned to deal with some pain and adversity as well. Probably she had to learn harsh lessons from her mistakes as opposed to being protected from ever having to face up to the fact that she had made mistakes.
As a result, she developed backbone and resiliency. She may not be the most pleasant or exemplary woman around, but she’s set an example of toughness and determination in the face of adversity, accepting responsibility and moving on.
The difference between these two women could well be instructive for the girls who look up to Paris Hilton – and their parents. She screamed out loudly at the verdict, cried for her mama and kept saying, “It isn’t right.” Her mother cried too.
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