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Paris Hilton "Screwed" by Graffiti Artist Banksy


British graffiti artist Banksy is known for his street graffiti and his subversive stunts targeting the art world and celebrity pop culture. In his latest prank, Banksy doctored 500 Paris Hilton debut CDs in the British cities of Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and London, replacing the liner notes with his own artwork, the CD with his own remix.

In typical fashion, he has also released a video of his activities (right). He's well known for documenting his illicit affairs.

Now, the sticker on the front of the CD lists the featured songs as "Why Am I Famous?", "What have I done?" and "What am I for?" The album artwork is plastered with phrases like "Race to the bottom of the pile!" and "90% of Success is Just Showing Up".

According to The Independent, "Instead of Ms Hilton's own compositions, the replacement CD features 40 minutes of a basic rhythm track over which Banksy has dubbed Ms Hilton's catchphrase 'That's hot!' and other extracts from her reality TV programme The Simple Life."

In the tampered cover artwork, Hilton is portrayed topless (see after the jump) and the CD lining reveals her head has been replaced with that of her chihuahua Tinkerbell.

This is far from Banksy's first brilliantly subversive move.

In March 2005 he snuck four of his works into New York museums - the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Brooklyn Museum - hanging them all on the same day. After he hung a work in the British Museum, the museum added it to its permanent collection. His graffiti has become instantly recognizable all over London.

In 2005, Wired reported on the Banksy phenomenon:

"By hijacking the established system of art exhibition, Banksy is drawing attention to its shortcomings. 'Art's the last of the great cartels,' he contends. 'A handful of people make it, a handful buy it, and a handful show it. But the millions of people who go look at it don't have a say.' Most of Banksy's work isn't found inside any building at all. 'I don't do proper gallery shows," he says. 'I have a much more direct communication with the public.'"

The CD artwork:

Paris1_1 Paris2_1

Paris4 Paris5

Paris6 Paris7
(photo source)

One of the copies, likely to be collector's items, is now for sale on eBay (latest bid £250.00) and the remix tracks from the disc are now available across the internet.

Although the album sold just 75,000 copies in its first week out, prompting some to declare it a "certified flop," Paris Hilton may yet find a new audience.


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  1. I hate to say it, but that's hot.

    Posted by: Made In Brazil | Sep 5, 2006 11:53:44 AM

  2. The only way to make any and all of the crap we are being served and sold these days is to ignore it. Consumers were on the right track for not buying this awful CD, but thanksy to Banksy, (and blogstars), we're gonna being hearing about this for much longer than the 15 minutes (seconds?) it should have had.

    On a totally related note.... has any noticed how much this decade has COMPLETELY sucked... take a minute and think about it

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 5, 2006 12:16:52 PM

  3. Couldn't agree more Randy, all of it. It sickens me when  I see reality shows (think "The Hills" and "Laguna Beach" on MTV) with Hey Randy, couldn't vapid little Paris Hilton wannabe ninnies. For a country that spent 400 billion on a war in Iraq, we certainly are leaders of the vapid and beautiful... As per the decade, what a way to welcome the new millenium. Heir Bush has painted a bleak start to what should have been a fantastic and exciting time to live. Can't wait for the day when we all have to take gondola's to our minimum wage jobs in hot, humid heat while listening to Paris Hiltons next great venture on  our latest iPods with billboards of the next reality star advertised over our heads, just to make enough money to help fund the latest war efforts for oil in the Middle East... =)

    Posted by: Cory | Sep 5, 2006 12:24:57 PM

  4. That was odd, the text box was ALL messed up when I was typing. I thought I fixed it but it got sent jumbled. Sorry bout that mates...

    Posted by: Cory | Sep 5, 2006 12:25:49 PM

  5. Meanwhile Banksy gets absorbed by the corporate world just like everything else...

    Posted by: John C | Sep 5, 2006 12:27:59 PM

  6. Has he heard about Reichen, the Paris Hilton of gay celebrities? Hopefully, his forthcoming book will be Bansky's next target. After all, the author said he thinks Paris is fabulous and he'd loved to do "Amazing Race All Stars" with her.

    Posted by: Jim | Sep 5, 2006 12:49:03 PM

  7. OK, now I am by no means a fan of Paris Hilton but I did download a few of the tracks off her cd from LimeWire this weekend. I actually found myself enjoying 'The Stars Are Blind' and a couple other tracks. If I hadn't known it was Paris I would probably have fallen totally in love with the music. SCARY!!

    Posted by: Jonathon | Sep 5, 2006 2:37:36 PM

  8. The irony--he actually makes her look far more cutting-edge than she deserves.

    Posted by: nuflux | Sep 5, 2006 4:48:17 PM

  9. ...but didn't her CD debut in the Billboard Top 10?

    Posted by: Bobby Alexander | Sep 5, 2006 4:55:05 PM

  10. ...yes Bobby Alexander, 'tis true, a sad indication of American culture...

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 5, 2006 6:30:30 PM

  11. The thing is, the billboard chart isn't really an indicator of anything other than sales. She's built up enough buzz by simply being a hooker with a large bank account that the curious and even "fans" have dropped some cash to see what this idiot has to offer. Rest assured it will quickly vanish from the landscape until some other moron thinks that their notoriety equals talent. It's a never ending cycle.

    Posted by: ric | Sep 5, 2006 6:41:06 PM

  12. The Punking of Paris? Priceless. He does actually make her appear more cutting edge. I'd like to have his version of the CD.

    Posted by: xavier | Sep 6, 2006 3:12:26 AM

  13. Her album has sold around 75,000 copies, which may sound like a lot but according to the industry is a bonafide flop.

    Posted by: mark m | Sep 6, 2006 9:44:57 AM

  14. Paris is just fine, I really think 'her people' paid Banksy secretly for this publicity stunt..

    Posted by: moptopm | Sep 6, 2006 12:31:26 PM

  15. Ps: Loved Paris on the cover of OUT, I just wish Warhol was still alive as HE WOULD HAVE LOVED HER!

    Posted by: moptopm | Sep 6, 2006 11:18:47 PM


    Posted by: july | Oct 1, 2006 7:28:42 PM

  17. Big up Banksy!
    You people seems to like to talk without knodledge, he just make the disc real, just puttin the truth in front of you.

    CORY, before you say that he´s absorbed by the corporations, read his book before.

    Posted by: vil | Oct 5, 2006 2:15:58 PM

  18. To Paris:

    I think your absolutely beautiful. I feel bad about your jail situation. Although
    I think it is for your own good. Speeding
    & driving with alcohol is "dangerous" and
    you need to understand that. You can put yourself in danger and others too. I think it would be a good experience for you and I think that you should obey all the rules
    and think of it as quiet time for yourself.
    Do some reading in your jail cell? Always remember "make the best of a bad situation!"
    All the best to you Paris! Hang in there!
    (Just keep doing the right things & everything will be ok!)
    Love: your fan, Maria Lisa Cicciarella
    42 Oak Park Ave
    Toronto On M4C 4L9

    Posted by: Maria Lisa Cicciarella | Jun 8, 2007 9:19:43 PM

  19. I think your a good person. Take
    Good Care of Yourself. All the

    Love: your fan, Mario Lino Ciccione
    224 Oak Park Ave
    Toronto ON M3C4L7

    Posted by: Mario Lino Ciccione | Mar 27, 2008 11:12:26 PM

  20. I think your a good person. Take
    Good Care of Yourself. All the

    Love: your fan, Mario Lino Ciccione
    224 Oak Park Ave
    Toronto ON M3C4L7

    Posted by: Mario Lino Ciccione | Mar 27, 2008 11:13:07 PM

  21. Hang in there...

    From: Maria Litsa Cicciarella
    422 Oak Park
    Toronto ON

    Posted by: Maria Litsa Cicciarella | Mar 27, 2008 11:16:27 PM

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