This Time, Celebrities Are In on Ashton’s Joke
Ashton Kutcher’s job as Professional Boyfriend is to make Demi Moore swoon. Is it okay that he makes us swoon, too? More accurately, it’s his new Punk’d-esque project giving us the tingles.
His new 8-episode show on E!, Pop Fiction, punks the media who bend over backward, then forward and to the side, to participate in the celebrity machine. As is his M.O., Kutcher enlists fellow celebs to pull of his pranks: Tricking gullible media ??? eager for the slightest of C-list nuggets ??? into reporting their fabrications.
Most recently, Paris Hilton was spotted dining with a shaman who offered her spirtual advice. “”He’s really changed my life,” Hilton told a pack of paparazzi. TMZ, the New York Daily News, and even E!’s own website picked up the item as a legitimate news story. (Well, insomuch as a Paris Hilton spotting is considered legitimate news.) But it was all part of the new show; the “shaman” was bit part actor Maxie Santillan Jr.
All told, there are some 20 celebs in on the pranks, though Kutcher’s camp, of course, won’t name who, nor will they hint at which stories made it into the press that were completely made up.
Maybe it was Rumer Willis being named Miss Golden Globe? Or that everyone at Ashton’s birthday party at Socialista was potentially exposed to Hepatitis?
I don’t know what the TMZ website said, but my recollection of the TMZ TV reporting is that they didn’t report it as “a legitimate news story.” They essentially said this doesn’t add up … is she being conned or is she trying to con us? I hate a lot of what TMZ does, but I think they got this one right.
It doesn’t matter. Paris Hilton was punkd. And that is a good thing.
No Billie I think from the way I read the story Paris was in on the prank this time.
@rsp - You may be right. I didn’t see the TMZ coverage; the USA Today article about it says they reported it.
This was TMZ’s original two posts on the subject:
This was their follow up:
which broke on Pink is the New Blog:
I forgot that I had a copy of the Monday TMZ TV show in the delete folder on my Tivo. I just reviewed it. A quote: “She say’s it’s her spiritual guru, but we don’t buy it.” They joke (I think) that maybe he’s her new boyfriend and speculate that, as
scruffy as the guy is, the “B” on her necklace stands for “bum.”