Paris Hilton whips up a storm in holy Mecca
Paris Hilton, photographed here at a party at her private residence in Los Angeles last December, tweeted about the opening of her store in Mecca in November.
November 21st, 2012
11:56 AM ET

Paris Hilton whips up a storm in holy Mecca

By Catriona Davies and Latifa Azdi, for CNN

(CNN) - As an American socialite and hotel heiress, Paris Hilton has built up a global brand on her sexy image - and sometimes very few clothes.

But many believe she has gone a step too far in opening a store selling luxury items in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Hilton's rise to worldwide fame was boosted in part by a homemade sex movie that went viral online in 2003, days before the debut of her reality TV series "The Simple Life."

This does not sit well with many in Mecca, which attracts three million Muslim pilgrims from around the world every year.

All Muslims who are able are expected to make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime, and non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the city. Most Saudi women cover themselves fully with a black abaya.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Muslim

soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. /0\

    Paris is such a skinny thing. She has a Supreme Court figure...no appeal.

    November 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  2. weezer

    Perfect response to Islamic terrorist attacks - dropping Paris Hilton on them.

    Yeah, and if you keep messing with us we're gonna drop PEREZ Hilton on yourazz!

    November 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  3. Peteyroo

    Why in the hell does that idiot have anything to do with Mecca?

    November 23, 2012 at 1:32 am |
  4. Rahul Sharma


    November 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      I agree.

      November 23, 2012 at 1:31 am |
  5. Rahul Sharma

    Quite a few people here getting so tough with their anti Islam comments, behind a computer. Yet in person, none would have the balls to say how they really feel – maybe to someone they feel they can pick on, but to nobody their own size

    November 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Mike Foster

      My name is Mike Foster and I live in Midland, MI. Islam is the worst religion out there (not that I'm too fond of any of them) and historically, Muhammad was an awful person. I won't hide behind anonymity and would gladly tell any muslim that to their face, no matter their size. You want to get charged with assault for hearing the truth, that's fine by me.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • weezer

      To Mr. Foster:

      Buh Bye Mike. You've been Talibanned.

      November 29, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  6. Jim Weix

    Good for her!

    November 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  7. Leif

    I never thought I would say this...but good for Paris Hilton. Mecca could use a little jolt to the old nervous system.

    November 22, 2012 at 4:49 am |
  8. imstillyoshi

    Quite a few people here getting so tough with their anti Islam comments, behind a computer. Yet in person, none would have the balls to say how they really feel – maybe to someone they feel they can pick on, but to nobody their own size – Cowards.

    November 22, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • Mirror Mirror

      Like you would have the courage to actually say what you just said face-to-face with them.

      November 22, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • Richard

      Shouldn't you be out suicide bombing someone?

      November 22, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  9. lol??

    Ya sure don't hear much about Cleveland M.(motel) Six anymore. Did the light bulb burn out?

    November 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  10. hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

    first American boots, now American hoot' er s, Saudi goons, corruption of oil, ignorant skunks.

    November 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Bill Clinton

      I prayed Paris Hilton would give me a hummer.

      Prayer didn't work.

      November 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Leif

      I pray that you grow a few brain cells that allow you to post something besides this comment.

      November 22, 2012 at 4:51 am |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "Salvatore" degenerates to:
      "Douglas" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "Thinker23" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "another repentant sinner" degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "Atheist Hunter" degenerates to:
      "Anybody know how to read? " degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "ImLook'nUp" degenerates to:
      "Kindness" degenerates to:
      "Chad" degenerates to
      "Bob" degenerates to
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "John 3:16" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" is the degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian

      November 26, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      November 26, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  12. Badda Bing

    She looks like an inflatable sex doll in that picture.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Carroll Leo Heath

      Yes – Paris Hilton is very rich, and if she wants to have a store in Mecca, it is fine with me. It's better than her charging around LA and Hoillywood, smashing up her Bentleys and other expensive cars. Let her make money with her money, and don't begrudge her.


      November 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  13. INFIDEL ! ! !

    Totally pisses off the AllahKaBam toadies? For once in my life I actually like Paris Hilton.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • Carroll Leo Heath

      INFIDEL: Hey, it's her money, and sure, she has a 'sultry' past, but, it's her inheritance, so let her make money with her money. That's the way her father did it, being a Hilton, the chain of hotels.


      November 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  14. lovUSA

    Well done Paris...By the way, which other religion doesn't allow non -believers to enter a holy city ??

    November 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      learn to shoot straight, goon.

      November 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  15. Mohammad A Dar

    well they should allow to open casinos too in Mecca. Saudi Arabia, the country, needs to come out of middle age.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  16. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    People need to understand merchandising to women in Saudi Arabia.

    Just because on the outside they wear black abayas, doesn't mean in the privacy of their homes Saudi women don't consume luxury western fashion – particularly at events where men are not present. They consume huge amounts of decadent western luxury goods.

    This is Paris Hilton's FIFTH store in Saudi Arabia. It is in a shopping mall with 255 shops!

    "She later added: "This is the 5th store in Saudi Arabia, and store number 42 in total! So proud to keep growing my brand!" ... Paris Hilton has 42 stores worldwide selling handbags, accessories, shoes, fragrances, watches and T-shirts, and already has four in Saudi Arabia.

    This is a non-story. Paris Hilton's mantra is that any publicity is good publicity.

    Enough already!

    November 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  17. Mecca Me Crazy

    All the Muslims are offended by her presence in their holy city, but you can bet that they all have a .mpg of her blojob video.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  18. Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

    I guess we are supposed to care what a group of ignorant 3rd world mythical believers think of Paris Hilton?

    November 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Mecca Me Crazy

      I bet she could do some really kin ky things with their magic rock.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • ian

      Large doses of the likes of Ms Paris Hilton are exactly what is needed to bring Islamism down. The will come when Lady Gaga will stand on that holy rock in stilletos in mecca.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:22 am |
  19. TP

    If non-muslims are not allowed in the city, then how did Paris Hilton get in? Is she Muslim?

    November 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Mecca Me Crazy

      Blojobs. Lots and lots of blojobs.

      November 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV


      her store is in Mecca – not Paris Hilton.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Which God?

      Think about it. She probably "knows" somebody. She just doesn't "do" videos.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  20. Chick-a-dee

    Aren't this woman's 15 min of fame over YET???

    November 21, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Mecca Me Crazy

      Not as long as she can pucker up.

      November 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
1 2
About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.