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Celebrities gone wild

Paris Hilton. Seriously. Shouldn't her parents be horrified at how she has turned out? Sex. Drugs. Self-indulgent. Narcissistic. Dishonest. Spoiled. Maybe they're just happy that she's keeping the Hilton name in the news?

A photograph posted by Paris Hilton more than a month prior to her drug arrest in Las Vegas could blow up her claim that the purse she was carrying ó which contained cocaine ó did not belong to her, RadarOnline.com is reporting.

In mid-July, Paris Tweeted a photograph of a purse and wrote: ďLove My New Chanel Purse I Got TodayĒ. That purse appears to be identical to the purse she was carrying when arrested on cocaine possession charges in Las Vegas last weekend. Outstanding.

And then there's Lindsay Lohan who recently was quoted as saying "I've never abused prescription drugs. I never haveónever in my life. I have no desire to. Thatís not who I am. Iíve admitted to the things that Iíve doneóto, you know, dabbling in certain things and trying things ícause I was young and curious and thought it was like, O.K., ícause other people were doing it and other people put it in front of me. And I see what happened in my life because of it." She's only concerned with prescription drugs affecting her life?

Her absent father and her own poor choice of role models led Lindsay Lohan astray, the actress admits in a revealing interview conducted last month, shortly before she began to serve her jail term and stint in treatment. ďI was irresponsible. And Iím not making excuses,Ē Lohan says, according to USA Today and the New York Post, quoting the 24-year-old from a new cover story in Vanity Fair. And yet the destructive behavior continues.

Why are we so fascinated with these two starlets, in particular? We've watched them grow up and make horrendous decisions. They've both been handed life on a silver platter with disastrous results. Other celebrities, like Jerry Lewis, have been so outraged by these younger stars' lack of self-control that he claims he'd slap them into shape if given the chance.

Does the behavior of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton represent the attitude of entitlement that their generation has or that of Hollywood? Does it cause us to want to be better parents? Are we better friends now because we see the importance of an honest voice stepping in before destructive behavior really goes wrong? Will the world mourn the loss of potential when these two young ladies die young?

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