Thursday, November 08, 2007

Africa to Paris Hilton: Keep Out!

The continent of Africa has a lot on its plate right now. Environmental changes as a result of global warming. Skyrocketing AIDS rates, especially in the sub-Saharan region. Various unresolved civil wars. Paleo-tyrants gnawing on the last vestiges of post-colonial power as if it were gristle (Exaggerated cough suggesting feigned detachment).

What The Corsair is coming around to asking is: Does The Continent really need Paris Hilton? We thought not. And we are not alone. Columnist Erwin Winkler in Kigali posts this warning to Paris Hilton ('cause Africa don't play that, Valtrex girl):

"Normally, when an international personality decides to come to Rwanda and then has to postpone the visit, this is bad news. We had Bill Clinton, Quincy Jones, Bill and Melinda Gates, amongst others. If any of those people, who can boast of significant achievements in their respective fields, would have cancelled his/her trip, it would have been a setback.

"However, it is equally bad news when somebody who is a celebrity despite herself decides to come and help poor Rwanda. Therefore, when hotel heiress and 23-day convict Paris Hilton announced last week that she would postpone her visit to Rwanda scheduled for this month, these were good tidings indeed."

How cool is this guy.

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