Perez Hilton promises to stop bullying celebrities
Perez Hilton says, "I really want to inspire people and make the world a better place."
Hollywood blogger Perez Hilton (Mario Lavandeira in real life), 32, has vowed to stop being a bully, reports Reuters.com. He is known for "outing gay stars, insulting celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and (adding) vicious doodles on celebrity photos," according to the report. In an appearance in The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he said, "I’m going to do things differently on my website than I have in the past. I’m not going to call people nasty nicknames. I’m not going to go the mean route. I’m going to force myself to be funnier or smarter... not out people."
His vow comes after recent reported suicides committed by bullied gay teenagers. Saying he has been working to "bring attention to the issue," Hilton, who is gay, told DeGeneres, "In doing so, a lot of people have called me a hypocrite and a bully myself, and a big one... From now on I really want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem."
Perez Hilton on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
In a video posted on PerezHilton.com, he said, "I’m not going to sanitize what I do. I still want to be me, and be fun and sassy without being vanilla or malicious." He told Reuters.com, "I am acutely aware that people are going to be skeptical of this and I deserve that. But everything will show itself in time... If I lose readers, I am okay with that. I am not motivated by money."
"I did not see myself as a bully. I saw myself as an entertainer, as somebody who made fun of celebrities who don’t have it hard and who made a choice to live in the public eye," Hilton told Reuters.com. "What I did (in the past) wasn’t right or wrong. It’s what I did, and it was probably more wrong than right."
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