In 2003, a sex tape starring Paris Hilton and her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon was released leaked online without their consent.
Paris, who has recently tried to distance herself from her previous racist and anti-gay comments, spoke about the traumatizing experience in her recent book. Paris: The Memories.
In the book, then 19-year-old Paris revealed that she was pressured into directing the video by then-33-year-old Rick allegedly promised her that “nobody would ever see it”.
Paris writes that while she was super “uncomfortable” with the idea, she ultimately caved and claimed she used it Alcohol and Quaaludes to help you feel relaxed. “I had to get silly drunk. Quaaludes helped. But I did it. I must own this. I knew what he wanted and I went along with it,” she writes.
“He told me that if I didn’t do it, he could easily find someone who would, and that was the worst thing I could think of – to be dumped by this grown man for being a stupid kid that didn’t do it knew how to play adult games,” she adds.
A year after the tape leaked, Rick ended up distributing the footage himself and made a huge profit.
Paris writes in her memoirs: “He said he had every right to sell anything that was his — something that had great financial value. Apparently worth more than my privacy. My dignity. My future. Shame, loss and sheer terror washed over me.”
At the time, Paris publicly implied that the tape had been released without her consent, stating that she “never thought these things would become public.” In response to that, Rick sued her and her family for defamation. Paris later countered him for releasing the tape and won a settlement.
And one of the people who most famously shamed Paris was artist Pink.
Pink, who is now 43, shed public light on the leaked tape from Paris in her 2006 song “Stupid Girls,” which in recent years has been branded a “not-like-other-girls-anthem.” .
In the song, which openly disparages other women, Pink parodies the sextape by criticizing “porn paparazzi girls” who have blonde hair and wear push-up bras.
“I’m so glad I’ll never belong / I’ll never be,” she later sings. “Outcasts and girls with ambitions / I want to see that.”
Back in 2017, Pink revealed that Paris actually confronted her about the video.
“Paris was mad at me,” she revealed See what’s happening live with Andy Cohen. “She said, ‘I just want you to know that I get it, I’m not stupid, I’m just playing like I’m stupid.’ And I said, ‘That’s kind of my point … I’ll go, good to see you.'”
And now Paris Pink has called again – this time in public.
Recalling her reaction to Pink’s music video in her memoir, Paris writes that the singer made her feel “shame‘ about the leaked sextape.
“Pink sang about ‘outcasts and girls with ambitions.’ I want to see that. But she chose not to see it in me,” she writes.
“The world thinks of me as a sex symbol and that’s what I’m here for because ‘symbol’ literally means ‘icon,'” she continues. “But when people saw this sextape, they didn’t say ‘icon’, they said ‘slut’. You said ‘whore’. And they weren’t shy.”
“The whole video is a not-so-subtle reference to ‘porn paparazzi girls’ in general and me in particular in a parody of my infamous sextape,” she adds.
Paris goes on to question why Pink’s conclusion on the whole thing was so critical, especially given that she had repeatedly made it clear that the tape was leaked without her consent.
“When everyone was gushing about a sex tape of a certain teenage girl from a soon-to-be-hit TV show — a girl who kept insisting she didn’t want the tape out — the takeaway was ‘stupid girl,’ ‘” she writes.
Interestingly, Pink has recently been attacked by several netizens not only for the “Stupid Girls” lyrics and music video, but for how she’s made a name for herself by belittling other women.
Pink famously taunted Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson during the opening of their 2001 AMAs performance of their song “Most Girls” — lyricizing, “I’m not every girl and I don’t need the world to validate me.”
And Pink’s habit of shaming other women only became more apparent when she later brought an inflatable doll of Christina on stage for every night of her 2004 year try this Tour and simulated sex on it.
Now looking back at footage from Pink’s tour, fans called her use of the inflatable doll a “bizarre attempt to humiliateChristina as she slammed the “pathetic” behavior.