October 24, 2016
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Statement from GLAAD on Perez Hilton’sse of Anti-Gay Slur



New York, NY, -- Statement from GLAAD on a blog post written today by Perez Hilton regarding his use of anti-gay slurs:

"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 acknowledgement 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 words."

"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.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org

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