"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


good land this is ridiculous

So Paris Hilton is gearing up for Rwanda and here's what she has to say:

"I'm scared, yeah. I've heard it's really dangerous," she says. "I've never been on a trip like this before."

Now, normally I wouldn't even bother, but on this one I have to point out that there's not a thing to be afraid of in Rwanda, so regardless of whatever the latest celebrity to traipse through there tells you, it isn't really dangerous. It isn't even a little dangerous. There hasn't been fighting in over ten years, there's tons of Western money flooding in to equip the schools and hospitals you'll see, and people are too scared of the government to break laws. Miss Hilton will mostly likely sleep in a comfy, five-star hotel in Kigali every night (unless she goes see the gorillas and stay here), probably in the same suite where Laura Bush and Bill Clinton stayed (at different times!). There's a mall downtown, and a western-style coffee shop, and a bookstore, and swimming pools, and French bakeries, and salons that do mani-pedis. Roads are well-paved and there are actual traffic cops who enforce the speed limit. There's free Wi-Fi at the Kigali airport, for goodness' sakes! Once and for all: Rwanda = perfectly safe.

God help them.


Anonymous Sister said...

Again, pray for minimal damage.

Monday, October 15, 2007 5:07:00 PM

Blogger Lindsay said...

Tell me about it! The first time I heard she was going there I wanted to throw up. Those poor Rwandan people. Bleh.

I'll bet she doesn't even recognize that it's one of the most melancholy beautiful places she'll ever see.

Monday, October 15, 2007 7:44:00 PM

Blogger Aaron Stewart said...

You guys make her sound like she's Darth Vader.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 4:59:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Okay, Aaron, that's fair. But I just get so tired of people making Africa sound like it's this terrifying hellhole, when the reality is that 98% of the continent is peaceful and full of incredibly welcoming people.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 5:14:00 PM

Anonymous rp said...

Darth Vader was smart....she's just the ultimate symbol of entitlement...but I'm glad she's goign to Rwanda...at least she knows she SHOULD learn something...which is more than that other symbol of ignorant entitlement....our commander in chief.

Thursday, October 18, 2007 12:31:00 AM


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