Why Perez Hilton Disgusts Me

I stopped reading Perez on any sort of regular basis around two years ago, when my own personal failures were publicized on the cover of the GW Hatchet under the headline, “Nude scene causes student theatre strife.” I continued to check it occasionally, especially during the Summer of Celebrity Deaths, but after being burned, I generally shied away from reading about the private scandals of others. When I wanted gossip, I wanted to know who was starring in what and who was wearing what, not who was getting divorced and losing custody of their children and getting caught with drugs. I ignored Perez, and turned to more intelligent blogs, like those of New York Magazine.

But this week saw the death of Brittany Murphy, and Perez Hilton’s reaction to her untimely passing truly offended me. The headline was vile enough: “Brittany Murphy DIES! Did drugs lead to her demise????” For God’s sake, Perez, the girl died a few hours ago. Is now really the time to accuse her of drug abuse or foul play? I understand that it is your “job” to report about these things. But a mere “Brittany Murphy Dies at 32” would have been more than sufficient and much less disgusting. Not to mention the fact that this post was filed under “Drugs,” as if Perez could have already known that drugs were involved when the autopsy results won’t be out for weeks.

But the following thoughts from Perez bothered me the most: “Absolutely devastating. Especially because this comes as no surprise! We, and those who knew Brittany personally, saw this coming. That does not make this any less horrible.” At first this seemed, although slightly inappropriate, like it was at least coming from a positive place. Until I decided to go back and see what Perez had to say about his dear friend Brittany before she passed away. The blog posts about her are as follows:

Brittany’s Looking Loopy! (Accusing her of being “hopped up” on pills)

She’s Probably Lying! Brittany Murphy Denies Being Fired (With the word “crazy” scrawled across her photo)

Quote of the Day (Perez refers to Brittany’s desire to be a mom as “an awful idea”)

They’re Gonna Procreate! (“We love pills” scrawled across Brittany and her husband’s photo)

Thank You, Santa (Predicts that Brittany’s husband got her “Provigil, Vicodin, Valium, Methodone, and more!”

The rest are just as unflattering, referring to the pair as “Kook and Crook,” calling Brittany “pussy-lipped,” emphasizing Brittany’s alleged craziness and the couple’s alleged pill addictions, and highlighting Brittany’s career failures. Those character assassinations (lunatic, has-been, and addict) are in literally every single post tagged to Brittany.

So, congratulations, Perez. I’m so glad this is how you treat girls for whom you believe death is imminent. You mocked her for her alleged addiction for years, and then patted yourself on the back for predicting her demise. You never once provided proof that Brittany had a drug problem, but used her career failures as proof that she was nothing more than a drug-addled lunatic. I’m sure your way of saving her was to ridicule her for wanting to have a family. How kind of you to see her death coming, and still continue to exaggerate all of her flaws and personal problems for all the world to see. Thank you, Perez Hilton. You are a fucking American hero.

2 responses to Why Perez Hilton Disgusts Me

  1. Amen. I honestly find no redeeming features about him. The man can dish it out but gets upset and tries to rally support from his catty readers whenever someone slings mud at him. He’s a blrmish on the face of journalistic ethics. The amount of power he has in the celebrity gossip world is sickening.

  2. While I agree with you completely, I think there’s a bigger issue that’s never addressed. When the news about Britney broke, basically everyone I talked to about it had the same reaction: “Oh that’s so sad…cocaine or pills?”. For as “shocking” as we’d like to believe celebrity deaths are, we have become completely used to the fact that all of Hollywood, from the 20 somethings to the old-timers, are drug abusers. How many more Heaths, Britneys, Michaels, Rivers have to die before someone does something?

    Wouldn’t it cost production companies less in insurance on a film if their stars were drug free? How are production companies not demanding drug tests from the people they pay millions of dollars to in salary, and thousands more in insurance on the film? I guess the answer is that if every production company refused to work with celebrities that couldn’t pass a drug test, there’d be no one left to star in films, but is that an excuse?

    When celebrities are still payed top dollar to do a job that is apparently so easy that you can be loaded the entire time while doing it, it reinforces the fact that you don’t have to be clean to hold a job. How many of us will be shocked if Lindsay Lohan dies this year? Or even Rene Zellweger? Hell, even if Julia Roberts died this year and the toxicology report said her body was full of painkillers, would any of us be really truly surprised? No. We’d chalk it up to them being a part of the Hollywood machine and go back to supporting the careers of the rest of the junkies on the movie screens.

    I agree that Perez is unkind, uses painful subjects to further his career, and is relentlessly biased against anyone he deems too uncool to hang with himself and Lady Gaga, but Perez is hardly the problem. He’s just making a buck, you know? A profit based on someone else’s misfortune, yes, but he’s still small potatoes compared to the “real” media outlets that still review movies favorably that star notorious drug addicts. Even the Academy is guilty of this as some of the actors and actresses that have won the most awards are also famous for showing up to set completely loaded.

    I think you’re right in being pissed at Perez, but I think some of that anger can be sort of scooped from the Perez box and slathered over a few other parts of the industry that actually make the drug problem in Hollywood even worse by continuing to employ addicts. Perez may be cruel, and hasn’t helped the problem, but at least he hasn’t ignored it.

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