Paris’ “underwear was inappropriate.”

Paris’ “underwear was inappropriate.”
On Tuesday’s episode of The Simple Life, when Paris Hilton bent over, her ass appeared pixilated on screen. But according to the Dallas Morning News, which investigated her undergarments, she was not, in fact, going commando. Instead, a FOX spokesperson says that standards “did feel that the shot of her underwear was inappropriate and asked the producers for pixelation.” Frustratingly, the DMN’s Manuel Mendoza stops his investigation right there. Was she wearing a thong? Strawberry Shortcake panties? Soiled tighty-whities? The world may never know. Mendoza does talk to a cultural history professor at Swarthmore, who has an elaborate theory that the pixels were really about FOX alluding to the sex video while pretending not to. “The fan dance of digitization is a visual symbol of nudity. It’s a device for titillating. The show pretends not to care about the sex video. The notion is that the shot in the show is ‘real.’ But both are competing for space in the mind of the viewers,” professor Timothy Burke says. Okay, but what type of underwear was she wearing?
+ also: Paris and Nicole will be a part of FOX’s New Year’s Eve countdown special from Las Vegas.

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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.