Tori Spelling shows off wealth 0
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott (AFP photo)
How do you "spell" O-P-U-L-E-N-C-E?
Since Canadian actor Dean McDermott often talks of how difficult it was to grow up in a low-income family and the pain of living in subsidizing housing in Toronto, you'd think he'd counsel his wife about showing humility.
Something like, "My dear, it's not very polite to shove in people's faces the fact you're from one of the richest families in the country, especially when so many are struggling these days "¦"
If Dean, 46, did try to caution wife Tori Spelling, about bragging, she obviously didn't heed his advice.
In a pretty obnoxious Internet and e-mail blast, Spelling personally sent out photos last week of the extravagant fourth birthday party she threw the couple's daughter, Stella.
And then she sent out publicity statements asking the mainstream media to redistribute the photos.
For the party, Spelling hired professional actors to play Disney characters and roam the grounds of the family's well-manicured Los Angeles estate. For further amusement, there were giant blow-up games and make-up artists.
A table set elaborately for the kids' lunch was covered in fresh pink peonies and roses.
The gargantuan custom-made cake in the shape of a teapot was probably bigger than the subsidized bedroom McDermott had to share with one of his brothers.
Don't get me wrong, I think it's wonderful when parents throw parties for their kids. And if you've got money, spend it.
But it was the way Spelling thought the world would clap for joy at her over-reaching that was distasteful.
In a self-deprecating note with the photos, Spelling said she had no choice -- none whatsoever! -- about staging such an elaborate party.
The 39-year-old Hollywood mogul and reality star wrote on her website that she was merely following "marching orders" from her 4-year-old.
"Stella (gave) strict orders "¦ She wanted her tea party to be all hot pink and purple with pops of yellow "¦ It was the perfect blend of fairy couture and princess poof!"
It's cool that McDermott's kids aren't reliving the cycle of poverty. What's not cool is blasting this excess into everyone's face.
Ryan Gosling has said in interviews that one of his favourite things to eat is calamari.
That's fancy talk for squid.
Coincidence or not, his girlfriend Eva Mendes was at the market last Saturday in Los Angeles picking up a pound of the tentacled sea food.
The Cuban-American actress added the mollusc to a huge shopping basket that also included a $15 pouch of the delicacy "squid ink."
Looks like she was cooking the exotic Cuban dish Arroz con Calamares for the Canadian lad.
How could he not have liked it?