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09 December 2005

Naughty or nice? Paris Hilton display upsets neighbors

Dear readers! This story is about as close to home as they get. Cranston is the next town over from my location, and I can't wait to go see this Christmas display in person. I think it's great. People who are offended should throw their televisions in the trash, but won't. This doesn't seem to break any laws or ordinances. -AT

Friday, December 9, 2005; Posted: 1:35 p.m. EST (18:35 GMT)

CRANSTON, Rhode Island (AP) -- Some people go with a reindeer ornament or an inflatable Santa Claus for their holiday lawn display. Joe Moretti went with Paris Hilton.
Moretti's display features a collection of blown-up images of Hilton adorned with pink lights. In one, she sports a tiny pink top hiding little of her chest, in another, she wears knee-high boots and a sultry pout. Even Hilton's faithful Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, is celebrated in a colorful portrait.
Reaction has been mixed, and some say it is inappropriate.
"If it's offending anyone, I apologize," Moretti, 38, said. "That's not the intent. The intent is to be different and to be creative and let them see a little bit of Hollywood or New York -- bring it to Cranston."
The display includes a list entitled "How to Be a Hilton," complete with tips such as: "An entrance is everything," "NEVER wake before 10 a.m." and "NEVER spend the summer in NYC." A number of cars slowed or came to a complete stop on the busy road as they passed Moretti's house Thursday afternoon.
"It's nothing more than they could see on TV, on normal stations -- or actually at school," said Stefanie D'Angelos, 28, who has four children.
Ron Raffonelli, 65, said he would be upset if his young grandchildren came to associate Christmas with a naked woman. He'd prefer the kids to think of Santa Claus.
After all, Raffonelli said, "He's been around longer."

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