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Perez Hilton Apologizes For Use of Slur--But Not to GLAAD

June 25, 2009

Rob Kuznia--HispanicBusiness.com

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Say what? Perez Hilton -- the sass-filled creator of what he proudly calls "Hollywood's most hated Web site" -- is apologizing? That's right. But not to the gay advocacy group that demanded an apology. And he was careful to juxtapose his apology with a blatant reminder of "all that [he has] done to fight for gay rights."

The openly gay blogging star posted a letter of apology on his immensely popular Web site early Thursday for using a gay slur during a public argument in Toronto with the frontman of the Black Eyed Peas that turned violent.

The Sunday night skirmish started over the fact that Hilton doesn't like the band's new album and escalated to the point where Hilton loudly called Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am a f**got.

It ended with Hilton getting punched in the eye -- and the alleged punch-thrower, band manager Polo Molina, getting slapped with a lawsuit.

The insult heard 'round the world prompted the gay rights group Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to demand an apology from Hilton for using the slur.

Hilton on Tuesday refused to apologize to the group, for which he briefly worked before his blog took off.

On Thursday morning, just after midnight, Hilton posted a letter on his site titled "I'm sorry."

"I am sorry that any good work I have done for promoting equality may be tainted by me reclaiming a hurtful word -- that's been personally used against me and the gay community -- to hurt someone that was verbally attacking me. It was stupid."

He added: "I am NOT apologizing to GLAAD. I could care less about them, my former employers. I am apologizing to the gay community, to anyone who was hurt by my choice of words, and to all the people who have ever emailed me to thank me for all that I have done to fight for gay rights over the last few years."

Hilton said he will be donated any money collected from his lawsuit against Molina to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, a gay-rights group.



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