"First and foremost it is important to remember that the violence committed
against Perez Hilton is absolutely unacceptable and ought to be condemned in the
strongest possible terms," said Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Media
Programs at GLAAD.
"Perez Hilton's acknowledgment that words can hurt is an important step in
the right direction, and while his change of tone is welcome, he still seems to
be justifying the use of the slurs," said Robinson. "A statement that stops
short of apologizing for and disavowing the use of that slur doesn't get us
where we need to be – these are vulgar anti-gay slurs that feed a climate of
hatred and intolerance that continues to put our community in harm's way. When
someone from our community uses a far-reaching media platform to promote these
kinds of slurs, it sends a message that it's OK to use these dehumanizing
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"This is an important moment. Now that Perez Hilton has
acknowledged that words can hurt, GLAAD calls on him to take this opportunity to
reflect on his use of demeaning and defamatory language against many different
communities on PerezHilton.com - not as Perez Hilton, but as Mario Lavandeira,
an openly gay man who just went through a scary and traumatic experience."
To read the original statement and the original remarks Perez Hilton made in
a video about a confrontation with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and members
of the band’s entourage, please visit www.glaad.org/statementonperez.