Be nice to Paris! (And Britney, Tom, Lindsay, and MJ, too)

92448__paris_l”In the end, only kindness matters,” sang Jewel in her 1998 single, ”Hands.” I’ve got to admit that normally, I’d disagree with the pop singer and sometime poet’s mawkish sentimentality — I mean, what about jealousy? And shame? And white-hot rage? Don’t they count for anything? But according to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, it’s World Kindness Week, so I’m going to try embracing the light by saying something nice about five frequently targeted-for-ridicule celebrities. And I want all of you to do the same. Watch, I’ll go first.

-Everybody likes to dismiss Lindsay Lohan as an out-of-control party girl, but if you look at her body of work — from Freaky Friday, to Mean Girls, to the upcoming Altman film A Prairie Home Companion and Bobby — she’s actually got better taste in projects than most young actors.

-I will be forever grateful to Tom Cruise for wisely using his power as a producer of Mission: Impossible III to cast my longtime pal Felicity.

-I heard Britney Spears’ ”Toxic” at the airport on my way home from vacation last week, and I’ll be darned if that isn’t one tasty pop confection. 

(Hang on. Just need a second to wipe the sweat off my brow and rub a little Ben Gay into my ‘kindness muscles.’ It’s been a while, y’know?)

-Okay, where were we? Aside from Madonna, nobody makes videos as consistently great as Michael Jackson.

-And finally, I like (and occasionally use) the catchphrase made famous by Paris Hilton (above): ”That’s hot.”

Alrighty, PopWatchers. That wasn’t so hard, was it? Now make me (and Jewel) proud. Pick an oft-maligned entertainer and share something other than your mockery and scorn. Go!

addCredit(“Paris Hilton: Chris Pizzello/Reuters”)


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  • professor74

    I am grateful to Tom Cruise for allowing Jamie Foxx to “let him eat” in Collateral – which ended up getting Foxx a 2nd Oscar nomination.

  • Lori

    All five of us in my family, ranging in age from 8 to 49, love Lindsay Lohan. I don’t care about her personal life – in her movies her characters are always sweet, slightly flawed, beautiful and good role models for my kids. I still say her performance in Parent Trap was a tour de force.

  • Tracy

    I really like the fact that Tom Cruise got a new publicist. Now he can keep his craziness hidden from the public like he’s done all those other years. That’s a nice thought, right?

  • Stef

    Paris Hilton was on Veronica Mars, that is a good TV show. That’s kind of saying something nice about her.

  • chuck

    Tom Cruise is over forty and can get someone like Katie Holmes, even though she is brainwashed. How was that?
    Paris private videotapes are better then her acting, maybe she’s acting in both. How did I do there?
    Britney, I’m sorry but I don’t think I can do it. Let’s just say she hasn’t held her baby over the railing of a hotel balcony yet. Was that a compliment?
    Michael Jackson is the whitest white person I have ever seen. I was also going to say he is nice to children but i didn’t want to push it. Okay? That one was hard.
    Lindsay, can’t do it, I actually like her.

  • djm

    Paris Hilton looked fabulous in that recent edition of Vanity Fair.
    Lindsay Lohan’s naked EW cover was a personal favorite.
    Tom Cruise has excellent taste in beards, er, I mean women.
    Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker” video used to entertain my child for hours when he was two.
    Brittany Spears looks like she’s lost a few pounds and is getting her shape back (sorry, after thinking for about 10 minutes that is honestly the best I can do).
    AND, Liza Minelli has raised a lot of money for HIV/AIDS organizations which is a really good thing.
    Whew, that was hard.

  • maria

    Weren’t we supposed to comment on other celebrities. Here’s my nice things to say about famous people.
    1. I’m sorry that you looked like hell in the recent episode of Smallville, Tom Wopat, but you can still drive a Charger just as sexxy as before.
    2. Your career may be over, Chris O’ Donnell, but i will always think fondly of your role on Fried Green Tomatoes. You made me think that dying by train wasn’t such a bad thing.
    3. Thank you, Chuck Norris, for making Sidekicks with Jonathan Brandis. That movie makes me smile. And the wheel-chair bound kid at the end… GENIUS!!

  • JD

    I can’t be nice…who has heard of Ashlee Simpson’s McMeltdown? She was apparently drunk and obnoxious in a Toronto McDonald’s last week.
    Watch the video here at http://www.ctv.ca/entertainment

  • William

    Jennifer Lopez was actually pretty good in Out of Sight and Selena. She’s also got an pretty good sense of comedic timing (watch her on Will and Grace).
    Ben Affleck has been doing a great job at staying hidden from the media (thank God).

  • Tommy G

    Ah, Kevin Federline. Perhaps I was mistaken about him. There may actually be a brain in that otherwise vacant space between his ears. And in fact, it may turn out that he *is* indeed smarter than your average ham sandwich. Why, there’s a possibility that he’s really a Rhodes scholar in disguise, and is using his time with Brit-Brit to write his thesis: “Pop Stars and Dumb Boy Toys: The Yin/Yang of the New Century”.
    But I doubt it…

  • Noel

    Michael Jackson is the best dancer in the world, you can see it in his videos.

  • Noel

    Michael jackson is the best dancer in the world and you can see it in his videos.

  • erin

    Lindsay Lohan makes movies that I enjoy watching. When watching her in an interview she is very sweet. It can’t be easy having the papparrazi tear you apart all the time. Feel the love Lindsay

  • brandonk

    Courtney Love…uh…something nice…hmmmm…has a cool last name!

  • katie j smyser

    Hillary Duff… has… nice… hair?
    i’m trying…

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