How Rebecca Black Acquired Funny or Die

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Give Anil Dash a microphone, five minutes, and a series of automatically advancing slides and he’ll convince you Paris Hilton isn’t entirely indefensible. His argument is based on the fact she’s the only member of her generation of the Hilton clan to inherit a chunk ofConrad’s fortune and use it to increase her overall net worth.

It’s true and it’s a good reason why there’s no need to completely loathe an evil pop culture force, but I would’ve used the Funny or Die defense.

In August 2008, Paris teamed up with the online comedy destination to announce her presidential run. The video debuted after John McCain used Paris’ visage in a smear campaign that likened pre-President Obama to vapid, overexposed celebrities.

It’s a good short. Very good. And what makes it that way aren’t the cheap shots about McCain’s age, but the calculated, self-deprecating humor from Paris. Instead of appearing like a glutton for attention, who’s seemingly perpetually concerned with her outward appearance and exclaiming things ‘hot,’ you see someone who’s all of the above, but also capable of making fun of herself for being so. The Funny or Die video shows you a different side of Paris, one that’s not visible on the Red Carpets or Rick Salomon home movies. One that’s likable. Read More...

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