Okay, let’s talk about this whole Paris Hilton fiasco, then.
If you’ve been following PCP for a little while, you’ve probably picked up that I have this sick love for Paris (and all the other girls who’ve done jailtime) and the shit she does so well: Being rich, stupid, and marketing herself to the point where she never has to learn anything other than how to continue to stay relevant. Like I’ve said, I’m genuinely interested in hearing her new album, and not in any kind of ironic manner. I know, I know, I’m sick.
But when I have that position on her and then something like this goes and happens, well, it doesn’t make me feel great.
The ‘this’ I’m talking about, if you’re unaware, is this: Paris was in a cab with a gay, male friend of hers the other day, and the conversation was being secretly recorded by the cabbie. Unfortunately for Paris, the ick factor of cabbies recording your conversations is drowned out by the awful shit she happened to be spewing that night.
Basically, her friend is telling her about Grindr, and Paris says ‘Eww… Gay guys are the horniest people in the world.’
Her friend replies ‘Gay guys are too much,’ and Paris says: ‘They’re disgusting… and, dude, most of them probably have AIDS. I would be so scared if I was a gay guy… you’ll, like, die of AIDS.’
Erghhhhhhh. God, Paris, you do say some awful, ignorant shit sometimes. You can listen to the audio here.
Okay, on the one hand, I kind of feel bad for Paris because if you took half my drunken, private conversations with my friends out of context and put them on the Internet for the world to listen to, I would have no friends and people would throw trash at me in the street. On the other hand, the shit she’s saying is fucked up and she needs to be accountable for that.
Here’s the statement her rep released:
Paris Hilton’s comments were to express that it is dangerous for anyone to have unprotected sex that could lead to a life threatening disease.
The conversation became heated, after a close gay friend told her in a cab ride, a story about a gay man who has AIDS and is knowingly having unprotected sex.
He also discussed a website that encourages random sex by gay men with strangers. As she was being shown the website her comments were in reference to those people promoting themselves on the site. The cab driver who recorded this, only provided a portion of the conversation.
It was not her intent to make any derogatory comments about all gays. Paris Hilton is a huge supporter of the gay community and would never purposefully make any negative statements about anyone’s sexual orientation.
Soon after, she released a statement through GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), saying:
As anyone close to me knows, I always have been and always will be a huge supporter of the gay community. I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families with the comments heard this morning.
I was having this private conversation with a friend of mine who is gay and our conversation was in no way towards the entire gay community. It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word.
HIV/AIDS can hurt anyone, gay and straight, men and women. It’s something I take very seriously and should not have been thrown around in conversation.
Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know. It is so wrong when people bully or put down others for being gay. No one should have to go through that.
Again, I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart and I feel absolutely horrible. I hope that everyone can accept my apology and know that it is not who I am or how I feel in any way.
Soooo, how are we feeling about this, guys? Do we believe her apology? I want to believe that she’s being sincere, but still, that’s some fucked up shit that she said right there. That being said, I’m sure it will all blow over in time because these things always do. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.