Openly gay blogger Perez Hilton (real name Mario Armando Lavandeira) has been slammed for using an anti-gay slur in his highly publicised altercation with will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas.
In a video posed on his website after the incident, Hilton admitted to using the terms to insult will.i.am.
“… I was gonna say what I thought was the worst possible thing that thug would ever want to hear. As I was standing my ground – without being violent or physical which I would never do – I told him – and you know what? I don’t need to respect you and you’re a fag. You’re gay and stop being such a faggot,” said Hilton.
Hilton claims that he was then punched by Liborio Molina, the manager of the Black Eyed Peas. But instead of sympathy, Hilton has been criticised by some for his behaviour.
“For someone in our own community to use [the terms] to attack another person by saying that it is, quote, ‘The worst possible thing that thug would ever want to hear,’ is incredibly dangerous,” said Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Media Programs at The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
“It legitimizes use of a slur that is often linked to violence against our community. And it sends a message that it is OK to attempt to dehumanise people by exploiting anti-gay attitudes.”
Robinson added that, “We have reached out to Hilton and asked him to apologise for promoting this anti-gay slur, and we would ask media outlets to avoid repetition of the slur in their coverage of this story.”
The altercation between members of the Black Eyed Peas and Hilton occurred when the blogger was leaving the Cobra nightclub with singer Lada Gaga in the early hours of Monday morning following the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada.
will.i.am has denied becoming involved in the scuffle and said that he approached Hilton and told him not to write about the Black Eyed Peas after the blogger was apparently rude to the band’s singer, Fergie, earlier that weekend.
Reuters has reported that Toronto police have charged Molina with assault in connection to the incident.