Perez Hilton Apologizes for Gay Slur

June 25, 2009 By:
Perez Hilton Apologizes for Gay Slur

Perez Hilton suffered a major backlash last week after he called a "f**kin fa***t."

After petitions started to float around the internet asking that his site be removed, his nomination for the Teen Choice Awards be recalled, and he banned from TV and radio stations, he decided it was time to swallow his pride and finally apologize for his vulgar comments.

"People make mistakes. I have made many in my life, but this past week I have made more than I can count on one hand," he said.

"I am sorry. And I mean it. No one is forcing me to write this. I am not feeling pressured to say this. I am speaking out because I realize that the last few days have been more hurtful to me - and many others - than the repeated blows I suffered to my head in Toronto this past weekend.

"Apologizing for me is not easy. Writing this was not easy. Life is not easy. But everything happens for a reason and I will take away a lot of valuable lessons from this experience."

He added that the "'F' word will never be uttered from my lips again. Just as others use the "N" word to insult and hurt - or as part of their everyday speech - I challenge them to remove it from their vocabulary as well."

"I am NOT apologizing to GLAAD. I could care less about them, my former employers. I am apologizing to the gay community, to anyone who was hurt by my choice of words, and to all the people who have ever emailed me to thank me for all that I have done to fight for gay rights over the last few years."

"I have reached out to Isaiah Washington, someone I incorrectly labeled a homophobe in the past, despite his own public statements that he was not."

Do you think Perez's apology is sincere? How do you think this situation will affect his career?