Charlotte Hannah
September 21, 2012

Paris Hilton Apologizes for Calling Gay Men ‘Disgusting’

If you haven’t heard about the latest stupid thing that Paris Hilton did, here’s a quick recap:

Paris Hilton was riding in a cab with a gay male model during New York Fashion Week, and unbeknownst to her, the cab driver was recording their conversation. The model was telling Paris about Grindr, an “all-male location-based social network,” which is a fancy way of saying that it’s a hookup app.

“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 (have sex)?’ and he might be on like, the sixth floor,” explained the model.

“Ewww. Eww. … Gay guys are the horniest people in the world,” Paris replied. “They’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS.”

RadarOnline was the first to publish the audio, and the media immediately jumped all over it, calling it a ‘homophobic rant’. Paris (well, her publicist) has since apologized several times, saying that, “gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know.”

As much as I dislike Paris and want to be angry at her over this, I honestly don’t think this comment was meant with homophobic intent, nor did Paris necessarily deserve to get raked over the coals for it.

First of all, who hasn’t said something stupid in the back of a cab, with the expectation of a certain amount of privacy? Secondly, while stupid and a gross generalization of gay men that furthers a popular and unacceptable stereotype, Paris’ ‘homophobic rant’ seems to be more a comment on promiscuous sex than it is an expression of hatred toward gay people. Of course, Paris ‘One Night in Paris’ Hilton is no one to talk about promiscuous sex. But I digress.

Paris has apologized, and we should accept that. We should allow her to move on with her life and keep doing stupid stuff like pretend to be a DJ. We have bigger fish to fry.