There’s a very popular gossip blog called Perez Hilton.com.
He first came to minor blogging fame last year with a website called Page SixSixSix, which he was forced to remove after being sued by the real Page Six, the New York Post’s very powerful gossip page. Before his site was shut down, he was refreshing, funny, and dared to say the things people were thinking about fame whores such as Paris Hilton (his blogging name, natch, is a play on hers). His favorite term for her back then was a hilarious word he coined—“whoreanus.”
At some point, he began to get into bed with the very people he was reporting on and making fun of, seriously compromising his ability to be trusted to deliver objective gossip (if there is such a thing). He began to appear everywhere with Paris (that’s him below with her and her sibs)…
He never disparages Paris anymore, and often doesn’t report on (or positively spins) her mishaps in the press.
Perez, who is openly gay, is no longer fun and funny. Most of the time, he’s just downright cruel (he singlehandedly forced former *NSYNC member Lance Bass out of the closet with daily harassment), and is now more obsessed with his own rise to fame as much as those as he reports on (nearly a third of his blog posts are about himself).
But his site gets a lot of traffic and, unfortunately, he influences a lot of young people.
Well, today I think he did the most heinous thing I’ve seen a gossip site, magazine, or reporter do—something which I believe he should be held accountable for. A couple of hours ago, he put a post entitled, How Can We Say This Delicately???
This is the accompanying photo that went with it (he’s known for scrawling childish comments or trails of coke on the photos of the people he blogs about).
Fortunately, the readers of his blog reacted with sheer outrage. Click HERE to read their comments.
Here’s my question: do you think bloggers and journalists should be held to some level of accountability in terms of what they are allowed to write and how far they can go? Millions of little girls see the images Hollywood sends (be thin! binge! purge!), and we’ve got a nation of screwed up women with huge body issues as a result. I’m sure, by this post, you can see how I feel, but what do you think?