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Call It Out: Paris Hilton’s Homophobic Slurs

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. 

Update: 9/21/12

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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