Paris Hilton has issued a lengthy public apology after she was secretly recorded making homophobic comments to a gay friend in a taxi. But is it too little and too late to stop the horrendously homophobic and uninformed statement damaging her fragile reputation.
During the conversation, in which a man is heard logging on to gay dating app Grindr, Hilton says:
“Ewwww…gay guys are the horniest people in the world…they’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS…I would be so scared if I was a gay guy…you’ll like, die of AIDS.”
The remarks were made during the early morning of September 7th while Hilton was in Manhattan for New York Fashion Week, the private conversation was reported by US media. One of her media representatives tried to down play the remark as one allegidly showing the singers caring side. This didn’t wash with the media or anyone else.
However on Friday, the star wrote on her official Twitter account “I want to say how sorry I am,” and linked to a full statement that had been sent to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), it said:
“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.”
But is this apology too late? has the damage already been done to her fragile reputation? Is she seen as a caring and considerate or does this just demonstrate a higher level of homophobia and hatred for gays she’s previously demonstrated in interviews with the gay media as well as in private.
I certainly wont be wasting any money on buying any of her stuff.