I’ve been reading PerezHilton.com regularly for a year or so now. He’s got a distinctive voice, and while sometimes I cringe at his grammatical errors, I generally am interested in the news he reports. That said, I didn’t like how harsh he was sometimes, or how biased and judgmental he could be.
But it seems like that’s coming to an end. Perez has been vocal about the issue of gay bullying and the recent suicides, and been working to find celebrity support for anti-bullying campaigns– which a lot of people say is hypocritical and just the pot calling the kettle black. So now he’s vowed that he will no longer be bullying celebrities. No more Maniston or SluttyCyrus or Potato Head (that’s Jennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus, and Rumer Willis, respectively). No senseless bashing, or unfair and outrageous statements. A lot of people are skeptical, because that’s what he’s known for– being outrageous and mildly offensive.
But so far, I have legitimately seen a change. His voice hasn’t changed, and he’s still (as he insists he will be) “sassy.” But he hasn’t called anyone ugly or stupid or untalented. He doesn’t consistently call Jennifer Aniston a bitter cat lady, or Jennifer Love Hewitt desperate and untalented. I think he’s managed to strike a balance between calling celebrities out for their shenanigans, while not going over-the-top and attacking them personally.
What do you think? Will it last? Is this something he should be doing?