Hilton refuses to apologize for anti-gay slur

Tue. June 23, 2009 12:00 AM by OnTopMag.com

Openly gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton refused Tuesday to apologize for using an anti-gay slur, adding that he was the victim in Monday's altercation with Black Eyes Peas' frontman Will.i.am.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on Hilton to apologize for calling Will.i.am a "f*cking f*ggot" during a confrontation after Monday's MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto.

"I am saddened GLAAD chose to victimize me further by criticizing me for how I nonviolently dealt with a very scary situation that, unfortunately, turned violent," Hilton said in a statement. "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."

In a video posted at his website, PerezHilton.com, the celebrity blogger discussed the altercation at length in a 13 minute video rant. "And that is when I made the split-second decision – that I was gonna say what I thought was the worst possible thing that thug [Will.i.am] would ever want to hear. As I was standing my ground – without being violent or physical, which I would never do, I told him, ' And you know what? I don't need to respect you and you're a fag. You're gay and stop being such a faggot.'"

Hilton later tweeted: "I was assaulted by Will.i.am of the Black Eye Peas and his security guards. I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke."

In fact, Reuters reported that Liborio Molina, the manager of the Black Eye Peas, has been charged with assault by Toronto police. Hilton alleges he was punched in his right eye "two or three" times.

"These are vulgar anti-gay slurs that feed a climate of hatred and intolerance toward our community," Rashad Robinson, senior director of Media Programs at GLAAD, said in asking for Hilton's apology. "For someone in our own community to use it to attack another by saying it is, quote 'The worst possible thing that thug would ever want to hear' is incredibly dangerous. It 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 anti-gay attitudes."

Hilton was also criticized by singer/songwriter John Mayer in a Twitter exchange: "Perez Hilton's video statement is so long that by the end of it his cut healed."

"That's real funny!," Hilton replied. "Ha ha! And I'm sure you also think I 'deserved' to get get hit!"

"Mario, you are human," Mayer tweeted back. "I call upon Twitter to be kind to you."

"I'm not human! I'm a monster! Good night, John Mayer."

"Good night Perez, you dumb s*it," Mayer said.

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