Aug 05, 2022
Samantha Busch Details Experience During Active Shooter Situation
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Getty Samantha Busch has detailed her experience inside of the Mall of America.
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch and his family were at the Mall of America on August 4 when an active shooter situation unfolded. They safely exited the complex. Now Samantha Busch has provided more details about the experience.
Samantha made a long post on Instagram that described the situation. She explained that they were at the Mall of America, where they spent time on some of the rides. She said that the girls left to go shopping while the boys stayed for more time on the rides before the chaos.View this post on Instagram
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“I was standing at the entrance of H&M which is on floor 1 when I heard screaming from above,” Samantha explained. “A group of people were running and yelling. My brain instantly thought it was just teenagers being goofy and then a split second later herds of people on levels 2 and 3 were running. Next a wave of people started down our corridor and that’s when I heard people shouting ‘active shooter in the mall’.
“You know the logical thing to do is run out the doors but with Kyle and Brexton still somewhere inside I froze where I was,” Samantha continued. “Thank God when I called Kyle he answered as he and Brex were next in line for a ride and they didn’t know what was happening. We stayed on the phone with each other while the girls went running outside, getting as much distance from the mall as we could, and the boys made a beeline to the closet parking garage to get out of the building.”
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GettyThe Busch provided updates from Mall of America.
News began to circulate on August 4 about an active shooter situation at the Mall of America as photos and videos surfaced on Twitter. Among them was a video clip that showed Busch and Brexton.
Andy Paras, a news director for FOX 55 in Fort Wayne, tweeted out a video showing people quickly moving toward the exits at Mall of America. Busch was among this group as he and Brexton moved along with the crowd.
Chaos and confusion at @mallofamerica. Making people go outside. #mallofamerica pic.twitter.com/NzMvI7iK6m
— Andy Paras (@AndyParas) August 4, 2022
Samantha provided her first update just before the authorities locked down the mall. She posted a quick note on her Instagram Stories saying that they had gotten out and that they were safe. Samantha added that they were praying that the other people inside the mall were safe as well.
Busch added comments of his own on his Instagram Stories. He said that they were all thankful to be safe after the events. The two-time Cup Series champion also thanked all of the people that sent messages of support.The Incident Took Place at the Nike Store
There were numerous questions about the situation in the immediate aftermath of the initial reports. Bloomington Police Chief Booker T. Hodges provided more information, which CBS News relayed.
Hodges said that officers heard shots fired near the Nike store at 4:15 p.m. local time. The officers arrived on the scene within 30 seconds. There were no reported injuries, but the suspect fled the mall.
According to CBS News, the surveillance footage showed an altercation between two groups of young adults at the cash register. The outlet reported that one of the groups left but that one of its members returned to the store and fired three shots inside before fleeing.
The Mall of America went into lockdown for two hours after the altercation at the store, and it remained closed for the rest of the day. It reopened the morning of August 5. Hodges said that the authorities are looking for two suspects and that there was no danger to the public at the time.
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Paris Hilton Hasn’t Earned Her Big Hollywood Comeback
Less than a year before Framing Britney Spears there was This Is Paris, a sobering YouTube documentary about the past and present life of socialite-turned-DJ Paris Hilton, including allegations that she was abused while attending the notorious Provo Canyon School in her teens.
The 2020 film is framed as a cathartic endeavor for Hilton as she addresses her trauma for the first time with family members and raises awareness about child abuse within the boarding facility. Simultaneously, it reevaluates Hilton’s reputation in the ‘90s and mid-2000s as a vapid party girl and highlights her contributions to our current social-media landscape.
This Is Paris has since been criticized for omitting Hilton’s frequent use of racial and homophobic slurs and support of Donald Trump. The documentary also ignores another glaring fact about Hilton, which is that her popularity declined significantly in the 2010s as other reality stars and social-media influencers—notably the Kardashians, who appear in the film—rose to megastardom. Furthermore, director Alexandra Dean and This Is Paris’ talking heads paint an inexact portrait of Hilton in 2019 (when the film was shot) as an unrivaled A-lister, although her presence in the zeitgeist over the past decade can be boiled down to a few memes and her eponymous (admittedly, amazing) fragrance that I can still smell on a woman every time I go out in public.
In the year 2022, though, Hilton is everywhere. Whether she’s documenting her recent nuptials on Peacock, attending Britney Spears’ star-studded wedding (which she will proudly tell you she stood up our boring president for) or parodying herself in a new ad campaign for her family’s hotel chain—something that didn’t seem fathomable during her scandalous heyday—the 40-year-old heiress has seemingly found her place again in our modern celebrity ecosystem.
And yet, the question that enters my brain every time I see a photo of The Simple Life star at some major Hollywood event or socializing with celebrities that I actually like is, how can we undo this?
I understand what led to this Hilton renaissance from a pop-culture perspective. You could argue that the seismic impact of Framing Britney Spears, the 2021 New York Times documentary that depicted the media’s harassment of Spears in the early aughts and her resulting conservatorship, did more for Hilton’s reputation than her own film. The tragic portrayal of Spears as a victim of ruthless paparazzi and ableist laws ignited conversations online about women who were wronged by the press in the ‘90s and 2000s, including celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Jessica Simpson, and Megan Fox. Hilton, an infamous participant in the so-called “Bimbo Summit” and a victim of tabloid mockery, represents a similar tale of injustice to a number of people and, therefore, is someone worthy of redemption or at the very least sympathy.“Hilton, an infamous participant in the so-called “Bimbo Summit” and a victim of tabloid mockery, represents a similar tale of injustice to a number of people and, therefore, is someone worthy of redemption or at the very least sympathy.”
On a less serious note, Hilton is clearly benefiting from the Y2K nostalgia wave, specifically Gen Z’s affection for “bimbos”—a recently reclaimed term and post-feminist meme on the internet—and the tangentially related Barbiecore aesthetic. It came as no surprise to see 19-year-old superstar Olivia Rodrigo, a student of the ‘90s and 2000s, belt out the lyrics to Hilton’s 2006 hit “Stars Are Blind” while she was DJing at a Grammys afterparty earlier this year. The tune also experienced a viral moment when it appeared in the Oscar-winning 2020 film Promising Young Woman.
It makes sense that the confluence of these factors would allow for a Paris Hilton comeback. Not to mention, her mother Kathy Hilton’s successful tenure on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has reignited an interest in the Hilton family name—something she seems to be aware of as they’ve done a mother-daughter press circuit over the past year. (The kooky Hilton matriarch was also a big draw on Hilton’s Peacock reality show Paris in Love, which also aired on E! this year).
But unlike an out-of-work actor returning to showbiz or a musician coming out of retirement, Hilton notably has nothing to offer the public—aside from whatever useless NFTs she’s willing to gift audience members at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. This was evident on her 2021 Netflix show Cooking With Paris, which was canceled after one season, where her ditzy persona proved quite stale, or literally anytime she sits down for a televised interview where she has the charisma of a robot.
If Hilton gave us slightly more entertaining content in this phase of her career—Kathy is at least doing her part—I could maybe temporarily distract myself from her history of using the N-word and making other anti-Black remarks. As stated in Rick Juzwiak’s Jezebel piece on Hilton’s hateful past, some of these recordings, from the now-defunct site Paris Hilton Exposed, are still available online, while others—which reportedly include anti-Semitic comments—were scrubbed off the internet, as they were originally posted without Hilton’s consent.
There’s also the Hilton family’s decades-long association and support of the Trump family, which could possibly be a plotline on this season of RHOBH, if Lisa Rinna is good for anything. It could also be helpful if Hilton simply apologized for her wrongdoings while she’s busy re-examining her early-aughts career.
I know I shouldn’t expect celebrities to go out of their way to correct their misdeeds without pressure from the public or the threat of something being taken away from them. Maybe it’s a sign that the public’s affection for Hilton doesn’t actually run that deep if she isn’t constantly being held accountable for her past by the internet—the ultimate sign that people, whether they love or hate you, at least care. If a more prominent celebrity had her record of offenses, they certainly wouldn’t be allowed to forget about it.
It seems as though Hilton’s main function in the current pop-culture landscape is giving people a nice glimpse into the past and Kendall Jenner fashion inspiration. Still, if that’s all this NFT-shilling Trumper is good for, can we please send her back to 2004?