The Maui wildfires are officially the deadliest fires in modern American history. Since last week, 96 people have been killed and another 1,000 are missing. The historic town of Lahaina has been totally decimated. Apparently, the fires moved so quickly from brush to neighborhood that it was “physically impossible” for authorities to warn residents in time for them to escape. Terrifying.
On Wednesday, the Hawaii Tourism Authority asked tourists to leave. They said, “In the days and weeks ahead, our collective resources and attention must be focused on the recovery of residents and communities that were forced to evacuate their homes and businesses.” That same day, 11,000 tourists and residents were flown out of Maui. Another 14,000 followed on Thursday.
Over the weekend, native Hawaiian Jason Mamoa took to Instagram to urge tourists to cancel their vacations. “DO NOT TRAVEL TO MAUI,” he wrote. “Do not convince yourself that your presence is needed on an island that is suffering this deeply.”
But Paris Hilton ignored the warnings from government officials and Jason Mamoa. Yesterday, the Daily Mail published paparazzi photos of Paris and her family vacationing at a resort in Wailea, about 30 miles from the devastation in Lahaina. The pics show Paris and her husband, Carter Reum, laughing and kissing on the beach, while carrying their baby boy, Phoenix.
Obviously, people on social media were pissed that 42-year-old Paris didn’t reschedule her trip. Page Six compiled some of their thoughts:
“Paris Hilton heard about the Maui wildfire devastation and said ‘That’s hot,’” quipped one Twitter user, poking fun at her famous catchphrase.
“Disgusting. They’ve asked all tourists to leave the island,” tweeted another.
“Is she an idiot,” asked another.
“Wow,” reacted another user. “Read the room.”
Hey, give Paris a break! The pics may make it seem like she’s having the time of her life on the beach, but, in reality, she’s been doing a ton of charity work (at least, according to the Daily Mail’s “source close to Hilton”):
‘She has been absolutely helping. Maui has always held a special place in her heart. She has been gathering supplies and taking them to shelters and those who need. She already did and continues to do so.’
After the Daily Mail article was published, Paris made sure to
make herself look good help even more by posting links to the Maui Strong fund on her Instagram Stories. Several hours later, she added more Stories promoting her latest US Weekly cover, recently released music, and her new metaverse Roblox experience, “Slivingland”. All very important causes. Thank you, Paris, for using your platform for good.