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Hilton's show in Dubai evokes mixed response

06/14/2009 11:33 PM | By Sana Ayesha Arshad, Community Journalist

Dubai: Dubai is all set to unroll the red carpet to Paris Hilton. The socialite will be finding herself a new best friend here through her reality show, Paris Hilton's My New BFF, to be filmed exclusively in the UAE.

Are people aflutter with excitement at the prospect of having a Barbie-inspired heiress among their midst? Or do they just don't care? Gulf News readers respond.

Asma Abu Baker, a 20-year-old Emirati student, said: "I am somewhat stuck between not caring and infuriated. I guess with her publicity and make-up, that is all she's bringing to Dubai. But, it is not the good kind& She is not a good role model at all." Asma said that the impact of the 'It girl' was already visible. "Even before her arrival, you can see people following her lip gloss style and her blank look. When she actually comes here, I don't know what will happen."

Asma said that Hilton is famous primarily because of her inheritance and personal relationship scandals - so she isn't someone who can be said to have a "positive influence". "Let's hope she doesn't stay for long! And that she doesn't do any of her weird stuff she does back in America!"

However, Mohammad Zeeshan, a 28-year-old Pakistani, finds the prospect of the celebrity coming here "quite exciting". He said: "Bumping into a celebrity is always nice. You never know what Paris Hilton will do."

Zeeshan said that she can't be a role model to anyone except herself since she "lives in her own fantasy land, and has her own artificial bubble of life".

"If she's still single when she comes here, I would be interested, but a BFF is another thing altogether!"

Ana M. O'Reilly, a 34-year-old American, was enthusiastic and said that she would "love to meet Paris". She said: "I wish they would allow older women to participate in the BFF show, so I could join, too. I wish she would come here more often."

She said that while she considers Hilton to be a "party animal and a cool chick", she probably won't be the best role model for youngsters. "All she does is party, which I like personally, but for a role model, she is not that great."

C.S. Sagoo, a 62-year-old British national, who described Paris as "outstanding and quite controversial" said that he wasn't "all that affected by her coming to Dubai". He said: "We have heard a lot of scandalous things about her from the press, whether they're true or not, we can't be sure.

"If they are true then she's not a good role model& I don't think her arrival would affect UAE as such, but a certain younger generation might want to go and see her, what she is wearing and all. But the mature majority of the public won't be affected at all by her." Svetlana F., a 35-year-old writer from India, said that it was "awful" to have someone like Hilton in Dubai. She said: "Her every move is being covered, what does that say about us and the society we live in? Not very positive, at all."

See also tabloid!

Six questions about Dubai

When Paris Hilton discussed Dubai last month with UAE producers these are the six things she wanted to know
1. Do I have to wear an abaya?
2. Can I wear a sleeveless or half sleeve shirt?
3. Can I wear makeup?
4. Can I safely tour the country?
5. Tell me more about security & safety in the country
6. Do Arabs know me & follow my news

Source: Emarat Al Youm

What is your take on Paris Hilton's visit to Dubai? Would you like to have her as your best friend? Why?

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