Call It Out: Paris Hilton’s Homophobic Slurs
September 20, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Paris Hilton is making headlines again, this time for making homophobic comments in the back of a New York City cab on September 7.
According to Radar Online, the hotel heiress’ friend was explaining the social media application Grindr, to which Hilton replied, “ “Gay guys are the horniest people in the world… they’re disgusting. Dude most of them probably have AIDS.”
Hilton’s alleged comments are deplorable and reinforce the anti-gay vitriol that creates a toxic environment for the LGBT community.
Paris Hilton released the following statement on Thursday, Sept. 20, apologizing for her comments:
"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.
Thank you for taking a minute to read this, I love you."
She tweeted an apology to her fans, as well.
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