After the publication of Paris Hilton’s embarrassingly offensive comments that gay Grindr users are “disgusting” and “probably have AIDS,” the heiress knew she had some serious explaining to do. Following the standard protocol for any celeb caught making homophobic remarks, Hilton apologized via GLAAD.
“As anyone close to me knows, I always have been and always will be a huge supporter of the gay community, she said. “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.”
At the same time, Paris also clarifies that she never meant her comments to be statements about the entire gay community. “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.”
But she also doesn’t make too many excuses for herself, expressing contrition for making light of HIV/AIDS. “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,” she said. “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.”
Good on you, Paris. Now we hope she also turns her words into action and makes this into an opportunity to do something to stop others from making hateful comments.
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