Nicole Richie: “I am black!”

Nicole Richie: “I am black!”
The Simple Life star Nicole Richie says, “I am black!” She said that in response to questions from “Norm MacDonald [who] asked what everyone wonders, but is too PC to speculate about: Nicole Richie’s skin color, as Gothamist puts it. Nicole, of course, is Lionel Richie’s daughter. Gothamist reprints the relevant portions of an interview with Paris and Nicole from E! Online. Norm asked, “Did you get in any trouble because you’re black? … I thought hillbillies didn’t care for black people.” Nicole replied, “They love me.” Meanwhile, Paris Hilton maintains that she’s not a dumbass nor a spoiled brat. “I was playing a character. I’m totally normal. I think it’s obnoxious when people demand limos or bodyguards. I eat at McDonald’s or Taco Bell. My parents always taught us to be humble. We’re not spoiled,” she tells USA TODAY.
+ also: for tonight’s episode: “The Simple Life Drinking Game–Preemptive Strike Edition” from bunsen.tv.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.