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."