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Paris Hilton Christmas display draws gawkers

Homeowner says decorations not meant to offend anyone

December 10, 2005

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— 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.

Enlarged images of famed hotel heiress Paris Hilton appear on the front lawn of a home Thursday in Cranston, R.I. The display is the work of designer Joe Moretti, 38, and 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." Poster at bottom left shows Hilton's Chihuahua, Tinkerbell.

Enlarged images of famed hotel heiress Paris Hilton appear on the front lawn of a home Thursday in Cranston, R.I. The display is the work of designer Joe Moretti, 38, and 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." Poster at bottom left shows Hilton's Chihuahua, Tinkerbell.

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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