Paris Hilton has recently lifted the lid on the way she has been unfairly treated over the years post Me-Too movement and has now opened up about how her leaked sex tape gave her PTSD.
Paris opened up about her internal struggle during the Vanity Fair Cocktail Hour, Live! chat and said the sex tape was something that will “hurt” her for “the rest of [her] life.”
Back in 2004, Paris’ ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon released their private sex tape to a porn site, and titled it 1 Night in Paris. She had to hold back tears when discussing the betrayal she felt when he published it while speaking at the Cocktail Hour.
“It was a private experience between two people. You love someone, you trust someone and to have your trust betrayed like that and for the whole world to be watching and laughing…It was even more hurtful to me to have these people think that I did this on purpose — that killed me,” Paris said.
“It still gives me post-traumatic stress disorder to talk about it.”
The world has recently been rocked by the #FreeBritney and #MeToo movements and it’s lead the general public to turn their attention to other women in the public eye who were ripped to shreds by the media.
Why was it worse for Kim Kardashian to have a sex-tape over Ray J? Or Paris Hilton over Rick Salomon? It’s easier to shame women, that’s why.
Recently, Paris re-shared a 2011 radio interview on Instagram where she was constantly undermined and belittled. The men interviewing her refused to ask any questions about what she was actually there for and instead focussed on trivial gossip like her previous feud with Lindsey Lohan. Throughout the interview Paris is visibly uncomfortable, but the hosts make her feel like she’s the problem.
It was easy for the media to target Paris because they stripped her of any substance and cast her off as the ‘blonde bimbo’ stereotype. The sad thing is that Paris put on that persona to help her recover from the trauma she experienced as a teen.
We need to better and stop slut-shaming women, and hopefully listening to Paris’ own experience will help us do that.