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07/07/2009

Ignoring Perez from this point forward: Who's in?

by Jeremy Hooper

A1029X100-1There's lots of chatter going on in this here blogosphere about Perez Hilton, his invocation of the "c word" and "dumb b*tch" slurs in relation to Carrie Prejean, his exploitation of Dustin Lance Black, his recent "f word" debacle in relation to willi.i.am, and his new admittance in The Advocate that it was really "the n word" that was on his mind in the spat with the aforementioned Black Eyed Pea:

But Perez tells me that, in the heat of the moment that night, he almost chose to use a different word. “I thought about calling [will.i.am] the n word,” he says over the phone a week after the incident, “but I thought the f word was even worse. I was so filled with hate at that moment because I was hated on so much, and I reacted in the worst way possible.
*READ THE ADVOCATE'S FULL COVER STORY: The Real Perez Hilton [Advocate]

But for us, the people who should feel silly are the ones who are the least bit surprised that this man, Mario Lavandeira, has f***ed up again. All we've seen from him in the four or so years that he's been in the public eye is a train of affronts that range from silly to serious. From his superficial (and seemingly arbitrary) attacks on people's looks, to his branding of just about any female who stands in opposition to him with a sexist and anti-intelelctual "dumb b*tch" label, to his ill-advised attempts at activism: We have read/heard/experiences virtually nothing from this man that we've found enjoyable/stimulating/progressive. And in fact, we've found it personally insulting to have him put forth as a face for gay blogging, as he could not stand much less for what we are trying to accomplish here at G-A-Y.

So while we all knew that the "f word" was on his tongue, we now learn that the "n word" was on his heart? We say: Par for the unfortunate course.

**RELATED: Advocate editor-in-chief Jon Barrett answers the question that we, like many of you, surely have: WHY THE HELL IS 'THE ADVOCATE' PUTTING THIS GUY ON THE COVER IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?!?!? Watch Jon's video response here.

**ALSO: Be sure to read the comments accompanying The Advocate story. We are far from alone in being fed up with Mario's antics.

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*UPDATE, 10/10: Mario Lavandeira to ditch everything that made him Perez Hilton [G-A-Y]

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