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  1. BabyPop
    BabyPop July 30, 2007 at 3:55 pm |

    PH disgusts me. It is a guilty pleasure, but I am looking at it less and less frequently. The hypocrisy of Perez calling out homophobes, while being a complete fucking mysogynist really irks me.

  2. Sara
    Sara July 30, 2007 at 4:05 pm |

    To read Perez Hilton, you just have to switch to your bizarro moral compass where it’s legitimage to criticize people for not having plastic surgery or wearing wrinkled pants. The problem is when you forget to switch back.

  3. elena
    elena July 30, 2007 at 4:14 pm |

    What he does is abusive and it’s bullying. No one, celebrity or otherwise, “deserves” to be abused.

    Respect your fellow human beings. Treat others as you wish to be treated. These are values I was taught as a child.

    It can certainly be argued that social constructs are not always a good thing, but I can’t imagine a world where basic human decency and respect for all life become passe, and abusing each other without a second thought, merely for the sake of entertainment, becomes a social norm.

  4. Anne
    Anne July 30, 2007 at 4:20 pm |

    I think Perez is just as hard on men as he is on women. I don’t think this is a feminist issue per se. It’s more of a should-he-or-shouldn’t-he thing.

  5. thistle
    thistle July 30, 2007 at 4:34 pm |

    I read the NYT piece earlier today and then looked at the site out of curiosity. I thought it was pretty uninteresting and also, yes, misogynistic.

    On the other hand, I read Go Fug Yourself practically daily and it doesn’t tend to rub me the wrong way. Maybe the difference is just that they’re funnier and I’m shallow.

  6. micheyd
    micheyd July 30, 2007 at 5:32 pm |

    I agree re: Go Fug Yourself. Their humor is not meant to humiliate or degrade, but kind of the “roasting” humor that seems generally in good taste (whether you are a celebrity or not). And they’re damn funny!

  7. Daisy
    Daisy July 30, 2007 at 7:59 pm |

    It’s a truism in recovery circles that women statistically do better than men in recovery, because for females, addiction and the accompanying addictive behaviors are still a major stigma. Addict = slut.

    For a man, it’s the total opposite: he’s a regular guy who enjoys a good time, and that good time maybe just gets excessive and out of hand, sometimes, that’s all. Could happen to anybody! Addict = poor schmuck.

    I am aware some male addicts fit the “bad boy” persona. But that is considered more glamorous and very different from “crack whore.”

  8. SarahMC
    SarahMC July 30, 2007 at 8:11 pm |

    I’ve been to Perez Hilton’s site a few times. I got curious because a friend raved about it, but I feel uncomfortable almost every time I visit. I thought maybe he WOULD be subversive and funny, but it’s mostly just cattiness from him.
    Go Fug Yourself, however, is hilarious. Those women are actually great writers, and I’ve LOL’ed more times than I can count. Their commentary doesn’t come across like it’s meant to tear down. Perez’ does.

  9. Mickle
    Mickle July 30, 2007 at 8:42 pm |

    “What you see is not just garden variety misogyny, but also an element of pearl clutching.”

    Well, yes, and on top of all that, there is the question of why they feel the need to “rebel” in the way they do. They certainly are old enough to take responsibility for their own actions but, nevertheless, there is something particularly rage inducing about mothers clutching their pearls at Britney’s breakdown, Lohan’s lack of panties*, and the Olsen twins food issues when a lot of the pressure that drove them to that came from their daughters husbands – who were just counting the days til these once little girls became legal.

    I don’t think it’s any coincidence that most of the actresses “sowing their wild oats” so to speak, entered the business as children. That industry – which includes all of us – does really nasty stuff to kids, especially girls.

    *yes, I know Lohan has done much worse than this, but I was going for the alliteration.

  10. jessilikewhoa
    jessilikewhoa July 30, 2007 at 8:57 pm |

    i am so damn happy to see a post on this, i kno you arent supposed to pity the rich and famous, youre supposed to revel in every bad thing that happens to them cos youre supposed to want the lives they have and tsk as they toss them away, but i cant do it. instead i daydream about opening a home for wayward celebrity girls to heal from all the hate that gets tossed at them daily. i imagine if people said those sort of awful things about me constantly, if i were stalked by mobs and lived under a microscope, i might want to get wasted all the time too.

  11. electric furr
    electric furr July 30, 2007 at 10:07 pm |

    I absolutely refuse to buy celebrity magazines because in the same spread they’ll do their self moralizing bit on celebrities being too thin, or setting unrealistic standards for regular people, but then you turn the page and there is a whole bit pointing out so-and-so’s cellulite and whathisname’s acne, and oh look! guess who just put on a few pounds! I hate those mixed messages that those magazines promote; how can you blame a celebrity for setting up unrealistic body images and lifestyles, but then criticize them deeply by pointing out their so-called flaws? Like wearing the same shoes at a different event (gasp!) or wearing jeans and a tshirt to the grocery store. One thing I’ve never liked about Perez is his penchant for outing celebrities…I don’t think he has the right to force someone’s outing…It can lead to dangerous consequences for the person if they are not ready to do so, and robs them of the agency that coming out can grant them. I get all my juicy smut from laineygossip.com; she’s not perfect, but she’s hilarious, and clever, brings in a lot of her own personal life into her commentary in a non-narcissitic way, brings in a lot of advocacy for agencies like Covenant house, and has just started a book review section too. As well, she refuses to do “sad gossip” and wont report about things like Anna Nicole Smith’s death and subsequent baby issues unlike most other rags and major news outlets. I totally heart lainey (and not just because she’s Canadian, too :P).

  12. QLH
    QLH July 31, 2007 at 10:23 am |

    My friend from L.A. insists that *everyone* reads Perez Hilton’s blog, like it’s their main source of news. As in, it’s ridiculous to think of anyone *not* reading it. Which makes me ill.

  13. Rose
    Rose July 31, 2007 at 11:50 am |

    I saw a picture of a lovely young woman on his blog. I think she’s Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw’s daughter. Anyway, the point of the picture was to ridicule her for being sooooo ugly. The comments went like this: “What a butt ugly Jewess! She better get a nose job fast!”

    After that I decided his site was too facist for my taste. And I get a kick out of sleezy celebrity gossip.

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