McCain Ad Angers Hollywood

"Celebrity" ad offends linguists, stars, Paris Hilton's parents
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Aug 1, 2008 10:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – Tinseltown is ticked over John McCain’s recent ad likening Barack Obama to Britney Spears—and to Paris Hilton, whose parents have donated the maximum to the senator's campaign. The problem isn't just looking ungrateful, reports the LA Times, but the fine distinction between a mere “celebrity” and a "rock star" like Obama.

What's more, McCain risks alienating other big donors like Harrison Ford and friends such as staunch liberal Warren Beatty. "That ad diminishes him and makes him look silly," said Norman Lear. Meanwhile, Paris Hilton’s grandfather, a generous donor to McCain and the GOP, is "furious," McCain adviser Martin Eisenstadt writes on his personal blog.