Reality star Khloe Kardashian is the latest celebrity to speak out and record an anti-bullying PSA.
But Khloe’s video has one ingredient which sets it apart from the others recorded by a slew of celebs – she identifies her bully: Perez Hilton.
The socialite reveals that she was astounded when asked by Hilton to address bullying with a It Gets Better video on her website – because he was her bully.
She says, “Perez Hilton asked me himself to do this video and he’s doing such an amazing thing by getting all these celebrities to speak up to people, but, for me, Perez has been my personal bully.
“I’ve been bullied, basically, my entire life. I’ve been compared to my sisters since the day I was born. I don’t look exactly like them… I’m bigger than them, but I’m me… I’m just always told how big I am… It’s always something.
“I’ve always struggled with my weight, I’ve always struggled with my height, with my hair colour, with my skin colour… and Perez is a major factor (of bullying) in my adult life… I thought bullying would be done, but, in my world, it’s not done because I live in a world where there’s magazines and blogs and people feel like they’re allowed to criticise me in the meanest way.
“Perez has given me the nickname of a transvestite… writing ‘fugly’ on my face – things that are very hurtful to me. I believe in freedom of speech and I believe in doing your own thing, but I also believe you should treat others how you wanna be treated.
“Perez definitely has made my self esteem lower at times; he’s definitely made me very insecure… He’s made me not wanna go out because I knew the next day, if I took one bad picture, he would have something written about me on his website.
“It lets everybody else open to that analysis of me and that’s not fun; to be analysed by millions and millions of people and 60 per cent of that is very negative.”
Watch her video here.
Hilton announced last week that he was turning over a new leaf and vows to stop bullying on his website. Personally, I think he’s full of it. His turnaround, although admirable, smacks of insincerity. Christ, he’s based his career on hate and made a mint off of it.
But maybe, just maybe, Hilton’s realized that while you can get busy filling your pockets, at the same time you can be emptying out your soul.