If all this bullying of young gay people can be said to have one positive effect, maybe it’s this: Perez Hilton has decided to start being DECENT to people.
For those of you who don’t know, Perez runs a celebrity gossip site called PerezHilton.com and it basically occupies the lowest rung of the journalistic ladder, if it even qualifies for its own rung.
Over the years, it’s been insulting, catty, mean-spirited and, yes, bullying. His targets are celebrities, sure, but still, it revels in that culture that’s so pervasive these days, of offering nothing but negativity and the tearing down of others.
But yesterday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, Perez, who’s gay himself, said he’s learned his lesson, “A lot of people have called me a hypocrite and a bully myself, and a big one… It was a big wakeup call that so many people saw me that way, so from now on, I really want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.”
How does he plan to accomplish that? He said, “I’m gonna do things differently on my website than I have in the past. I’m not gonna call people nasty nicknames. I’m not gonna go the mean route. I’m gonna force myself to try and be funnier or smarter or just do things differently, not doodle inappropriate things, not out people.”
Perez also spilled his guts in a YouTube video, in which he promised to tone down the nastiness. But he added, quote, “I’m not going to sanitize what I do. I still want to be me, and be me, and be fun and be sassy, without being vanilla. And also without being malicious and hurtful and nasty.”
Do you believe him? Can he really change?