GLAAD: Not Too Happy With Perez Hilton
Gossip maven Perez Hilton is getting another beatdown—and this time it’s from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Hilton—who claims to have gotten into a violent skirmish with Black Eyed Peas‘ will.i.am at the Much Music Video Awards on Sunday—is being called out by GLAAD for hurling homophobic slurs in his video report on the incident, according to OK! Magazine.
“I don’t need to respect you, and you’re a f*g,” Hilton said, addressing will.i.am, in the video, which was posted on his Web site on Monday. “You’re gay, and stop being such a f*ggot.”
Responding to the video, GLAAD’s senior director of Media Programs Rashad Robinson admonished, “These are vulgar antigay slurs that feed a climate of hatred and intolerance toward our community. For someone in our own community to use it to attack another person by saying that it is ‘The worst possible thing that thug would ever want to hear,’ is incredibly dangerous.”
Robinson added that Hilton’s use of such language “legitimizes use of a slur that is often linked to violence against our community. And it sends a message that it is OK to attempt to dehumanize people by exploiting antigay attitudes.”
Naturally, Hilton has issued a response to GLAAD’s response, telling TMZ.com, “I am saddened GLAAD chose to victimize me further by criticizing me for how I non-violently dealt with a very scary situation that, unfortunately, turned violent. While I doubt I will get an apology from GLAAD, nor do I expect one, I would just hope people know how difficult it is to intellectualize a situation and think rationally when a thug disguised as a musician is screaming at your face and intimidating you. I am just very fortunate and grateful that nothing more serious happened to me.”
Have your say in the comments section: Was Perez Hilton wrong in using homophobic slurs?