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GLAAD's Shameful Hypocrisy on Perez Hilton

Posted by libhom Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I don't read Perez Hilton's blog because I don't care about celebrities. From my perspective, Hilton's blog kind of clogs up Queer Filter sometimes. I realize this makes me even more of a heathen in this culture than being an atheist, but I thought I should disclose where I'm coming from, given what a hot button issue Perez Hilton has become.

What I do pay attention to is when queer activist groups don't support the queer movement yet bellow with self righteous hypocrisy. A rather blatant example of such bellowing is seen in GLAAD's press release on Perez Hilton.

"These are vulgar anti-gay slurs that feed a climate of hatred and intolerance toward our community," said Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD. “For someone in our own community to use it to attack another person by saying that it is, quote, ‘The worst possible thing that thug would ever want to hear,’ is incredibly dangerous. It legitimizes use of a slur that is often linked to violence against our community. And it sends a message that it is OK to attempt to dehumanize people by exploiting anti-gay attitudes.”

This comes from the same organization that not only refused to support the queer community's boycott of Utah, but sponsored an event there. So desperate to suck up to racist, sexist, and heterosexist celebrities, GLAAD actually sponsored an event at the Sundance Festival, whose organizers were too bigoted to remove the event from Utah.

Get this, GLAAD actively subsidizes the crusades of the Mormon Church, a hate group as racist, sexist, and heterosexist as the Ku Klux Klan, yet GLAAD rants about the use of the word "faggot" by Perez Hilton. This is sickening hypocrisy. There is literally no possible way to travel to Utah without financing heterosexist, misogynistic, and racist discrimination and violence.

The press release also reveals another problem with GLAAD in recent years: they have become a bunch of quasi groupies who are more concerned with getting their pictures taken with celebrities than fighting the still rampant heterosexism in the entertainment industry. I find it odd that GLAAD is more upset about the words Hilton used than the fact that he was queer bashed. But, since the basher is a celebrity, GLAAD wants to divert the focus to the victim.

Apparently, Perez Hilton did back down and apologize, but I don't think that means queer activists should let GLAAD off the hook for its transgressions.

For GLAAD to have any real standing to criticize Perez Hilton or anyone else in the queer community under similar circumstances, they must take the following steps.

1) Apologize for participating in the last Sundance Festival and make a commitment to boycott the event as long as it is held in the Hate State.

2) Make a firm commitment to work with grassroots queer civil rights activists rather than to sabotage the queer movement.

3) Publicly condemn the Mormon Church as a racist, sexist, and heterosexist hate group comparable to the Ku Klux Klan.

4) Go back to GLAAD's roots as an activist group challenging the entertainment industry, rather than drooling all over it.

Until GLAAD takes these steps, this faggot will know GLAAD is full of shit.



  1. Christopher Says:
  2. The Human Rights Campaign is the LGBT advocacy group that really, really annoys me.

    I think Joe Solomnese is perfectly dreadful and his continued embrace of the Clintons makes my blood boil.

  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. Ironically, I have a posting on my own regarding GLAAD's profile of a gay activist in Spain, making particular note of something found on that gay activist's blog.

  5. JayV Says:
  6. Oh, Christopher, you beat me to the punch. I contribute neither to GLAAD nor to HRC. Solomnese earns quite a salary, too, for all that schmoozing with the powerful. And once they do that, they lose their original focus/mission. Thanks for this important post, libhom.

  7. two crows Says:
  8. hmmmmmm--
    I've given to HRC in the past.

    what are some orgs that are deserving?

  9. Lew Scannon Says:
  10. I do not follow Hilton, nor do I support the celebrity worship cult, but it seems to me to hit someone because they called you a name, regardless of the word chosen, seems a bit childish. Sticks and stones, right? And for GLAAD to come out and justify this act of violence is wrong.



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