High above the Dubai skyline, a plane taking an aerial tour of the city begins to thrash and spin. The passengers inside are at first perplexed, and then begin to scream. As the plane further loses control, the rear door whips open and two passengers are sucked out. One woman grips her seat and begins to cry hysterically. In this moment, she believes she’s going to die.
That woman was 34-year-old Paris Hilton. She barely needs an introduction; for over a decade, the socialite and heir to the Hilton hotel fortune has ‘worked’ variously as a TV star, a pop singer and a model. In recent years, her professional capacity has been limited to claiming large appearance fees to attend openings and launches of nightclubs, hotels and various other party ventures. Despite the scale of the financial remuneration that’s given to her for turning up or lending her name to a business, she’s widely viewed as a laughing stock by a consumptive pop culture that’s always proven itself happy to chew up starlets, spit them out and then spend the remainder of their careers laughing at them.
One can only assume that widespread laughter and ridicule was the intention of the producers of Ramez In Control. the Egyptian television show responsible for staging what turned out to be a mid-air ‘prank’. When they safely reached the ground, host Ramaz Galal apologised to Hilton, calling himself a ‘bad guy’. Hilton responded by telling Galal she was going to kill him, and then revealing that dying in a plane crash was one of her biggest fears.