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Perez Hilton vs. will.i.am

Like millions of other entertainment fans who enjoy the voyeuristic guilty pleasure of reading and hearing about the lives of the rich and famous and bratty and beautiful, I often visit Perez Hilton’s web site for the latest juicy gossip. In five years, Perez has turned his site into a powerhouse and has become a celebrity himself. He’s got a book, he’s always on TV, and he’s often photographed in the company of the very celebs he writes about.

It’s amazing, really. Here’s a guy who writes some of the nastiest insults imaginable about public figures—-yet he’s invited to be a judge at the Miss USA pageant (Perez asked the infamous question about gay marriage to Carrie Prejean), he presents at awards shows, he glams it up with starlets and pop sensations.

You gotta figure some of these celebs would rather befriend Perez than get lambasted in on his site. Become one of his favorites and he won’t call you “fugly” or draw a penis on your picture. (Hey. We’re not talking about Dorothy Parker-level humor here.) Decades ago, Warren Beatty hired the great and much-feared film critic Pauline Kael to be a consultant for Paramount Pictures, thus defanging her. Kael quit after just a few months. In Chicago, a TV critic named Gary Deeb was viciously entertaining; then the ABC affiliate in Chicago hired him and he became the very blow-dried windbag he used to scorn. You see Perez doing more TV and getting more involved in the business, and you know he’ll be much more likely to stay away from ripping anyone who might help his own career.

On a side note: I’ve met Perez a couple of times and he’s always been nice to me. I’ve been mentioned on his site maybe three-four times. I do not have the career or the personal life that would make me constant fodder for his site, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Now that Perez has become a celebrity himself and he’s constantly mingling with the celebrity world, you had to figure it was only a matter of time before someone confronted him. That’s what happened over the weekend in Toronto, with Perez claiming he was attacked and will.i.am offering a rebuttal.

Perez talks about alleged attack

Perez is right: violence is never the answer. Nobody should be punching anybody. We all agree on that. But more than a few commenters on Perez’ site are saying he got what he deserved—that if you’re going to carve out a very lucrative career by tearing people down with comments that often cross the line, you can’t be shocked when you’re confronted by one of the people you’ve demeaned. In his video, Perez identifies himself by his real name because he wants us to understand he was attacked as a human being. Fair enough. But when he’s writing about the children of celebrities or he’s calling a woman “fugly,” he can’t rationalize it by saying they’re public figures and they knew the rules of the game. They’re human beings too, my friend.

4 Responses to “Perez Hilton vs. will.i.am”

  1. Tania Mosley Says:

    I do not believe for ONE MINUTE that he was attacked by Will-i-am. Perez is a bottom feeding jerk who gets off and makes a living on insulting others and assuming he knows anything at all about there lives. If he truly was attacked (and that’s a big if) he is right no one should settle things with violence but to say that the one person in this world who is all for peace and change did it just makes me believe he is just trying to get attention.

    Who in the hell tweets as they are being attacked and instead of calling the police himself he tweets for someone to call the police and then instead of getting medical attention tweets that he’s bleeding. COME ON PEOPLE!!!! Really Twitter is the new 911??!?!?!

    I’m sorry as Jay-Z said in one of his most popular raps “I don’t believe you, you need more people” meaning Perez is gonna have to have video showing Will-i-am punching him, kicking him or even spitting on him and even then I still might not believe it.

  2. El Says:

    Ugh, why did I waste 5 min of my life reading about this on Twitter, then a couple of min of Perez ranting (just shoot me), then the rebuttal? Actually, after seeing Perez video, it was good to hear a calm rebuttal… but sheesh. DDDDRA—-MAAAAAAAAA!

  3. robin Says:

    No country for nice quiet people

  4. Male enhancement device Says:

    Definitely not bad article :) Thank you.

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