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Perez Hilton takes “Time” for questions

Perez Hilton did not always acquit himself well in his war of words with Miss California Carrie Prejean who set off a firestorm of controversy when she spoke out against same-sex marriage during rhe Miss USA pageant. Perez asked the question, didn’t like the answer and later blasted Prejean for it online then everywhere else. Prejean quickly became a poster child for the anti gay marriage movement but soon had other things threatening her crown: nude photos, not doing her job, lying, a possible gay parent or two.

But in the 15 minutes of fame category, Carrie is quickly fading away (except for on the Fox channel) while Perez remains front-and-center. Here are some excerpts from Time Magazine’s 10 Questions featuring the always controversial Perez:

I feel that you asked Miss California a fair question, but do you regret the harsh treatment she received for answering her question honestly? Barb McClintock, Houston
I think by entering the Miss USA pageant, she made herself a public figure. If a civilian were to answer that question, would I think the response that she got was appropriate? No. But when you become a tabloid figure, which she did, the rules change.

How do you respond to criticism of your outing of closeted celebrities who prefer to keep their personal lives private? Sarah Khalbuss, Pittsburgh, Pa.
I’m all about equality. Why should I treat a gay celebrity keeping a secret different from a heterosexual celebrity keeping a secret? I shouldn’t.

Have you ever regretted a post? Linnea Vaerst, Stockholm
No. I regret the times that I’ve been wrong, but at the time I didn’t know that I was wrong, and I was very confident that I was right, so I posted it.

FILE UNDER: Controversy, Newsmakers


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