Friday, June 26, 2009

Black Eyed Peas vs. Black Eyed Perez

This story is too good to be true. In a confrontation between will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and Perez Hilton, the tour manager of the Black Eyed Peas gave Perez Hilton a black eye. Well, I’m not sure it’s going to become a black eye, but you can see in the photo that Perez Hilton has a cut under his eye. I just had to point out the irony that comes from the name of the band.

What I know so far is this. Perez Hilton had an argument with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Perez called will.i.am a word that is gay slur, Perez got punched in the face. I do not know the order in which those events occurred.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation asked for Perez Hilton to apologize for calling will.i.am the offensive word. Perez has decided to apologize for using the word.

Here’s how I see it. First, Perez Hilton is not homophobic because he is gay and out of the closet. He is not someone who hates gay people. So a gay slur said by him is different than one said by a straight person. It is not like the situation in which Isiah Washington from Grey’s Anatomy used a gay slur.

But on the other hand, the reason why I strongly believe that it’s not right for Perez Hilton to use it against another person is because Perez has a history of trying to expose that certain celebrities are actually gay. He believes that they should be forced out of the closet. In this situation, calling will.i.am a gay slur can be an accusation that Perez actually thinks that will.i.am is gay.

I have defended Perez Hilton when it came to the confrontation with Carrie Prejean, but in this situation, I feel that he needs to do one thing. Even if he does not want to apologize, he needs to just say that he does not actually think that will.i.am is gay.

An accusation of being gay by Perez Hilton has more credibility than from any other celebrity, due to the fact that he helped to out Lance Bass from ‘Nsync and actor Neil Patrick Harris. This is why it is important for Perez to at least admit that he was only trying to insult will.i.am, and not actually accuse him of being gay.

On the other side, I will admit that I’m sick of hearing about employees of celebrities assaulting individuals. If a celebrity is in danger, I understand that a bodyguard may protect that celebrity. But if an employee of a celebrity commits assault, then the celebrity should be sued. Perez was assaulted and probably will have reasonable grounds to sue will.i.am. Maybe will.i.am will countersue for defamation of character over the gay slur.

I cannot praise either side in this situation. I cannot side with either person. I think they both did something wrong and no one did anything right.

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