Paris Hilton causes outrage as she brands gay men 'disgusting'
Friday 21 September 2012
Paris Hilton has sparked outrage after being recorded on tape saying that gay men are ‘disgusting’ and ‘probably have AIDS’.
The statements, which have been deemed as 'homophobic and derogatory', were recorded whilst the hotel heiress was travelling in a taxi on September 7 in New York City during fashion week.
Paris, 31, can reportedly be heard talking to her openly gay male friend about gay hook-up website Grindr, where users can find the nearest location of someone who they wish to meet.
Paris’ companion can be heard saying: ‘Say I log into Grindr, someone that’s on Grindr can be in that building and it tells you all the locations of where they are and you can be like, “Yo, you wanna f**k?” and he might be on like, the sixth floor.”
She then responds: ‘Ewww. Eww. To get f**ked? 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 driver who recorded the conversation has professed his shock over what the socialite was saying. He told a US website : “I couldn’t believe what was coming out of Paris’ mouth and the way she was talking about gay men.’
Representatives for Paris claim that the driver only recorded a portion of the conversation and that her comments have been taken out of context. They state that she was merely condemning unsafe sex.
Her spokesperson said: ‘Paris Hilton’s comments were to express that it is dangerous for anyone to have unprotected sex that could lead to a life-threatening disease.’
‘The conversation became heated, after a close gay friend told her in a cab ride a story about a gay man who has AIDS and is knowingly having unprotected sex.’
‘He also discussed a website that encourages random sex by gay men with strangers.’
The rep continued: ‘As she was being shown the website her comments were in references to those people promoting themselves on the site.’
‘It was not her intent to make any derogatory comments about all gays.’
‘Paris Hilton is a huge supporter of the gay community and would never purposefully make any negative statements about anyone’s sexual orientation.’
Paris herself issued a public apology to GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) earlier today:
‘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.’
‘Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know. I hope that everyone can accept my apology and know that it is not who I am or how I feel in any way.’
Paris’ full apology can be read here: www.glaad.org/blog/paris-hilton-apologizes-and-says-gay-people-are-strongest-people-she-knows