Dear Mario Lavanderia a.k.a. Perez Hilton:
Recently, you've been commenting and posting videos about the tragic suicides of teenage boys who have been bullied about their perceived sexual orientations. You and I agree on one thing. This has got to stop. Bullying, for any reason, is wrong.
My cousin was the victim of bullying at his old school, not because he's gay or comes off gay, but because he's a good kid.. He's had knives pulled on him. He's had his head slammed into a desk by his a boy at school, just because. One of the reasons kids picked on him, was because he likes to read books at lunch. He's quiet and kind and funny. He's a black belt in karate, but has never employed those skills to defend himself, because he was taught not to. He works really hard at school, he's busy with sports all year, and he runs his own pressure washing business. He's only 14 years old and he's got more character in his pinky than most of the kids his age put together. Recently, he switched schools and has never been happier. As a member of his family, I'm unspeakably glad his story had a happy ending, because as we've seen six heartbreaking times this month, it doesn't always happen that way.
The reason I'm writing you this open letter, Mario, is that you and the ghost writers on your sites are just as guilty of bullying as any of these kids who have driven these boys to suicide. Your actions and your words may not have ended with someone taking their own lives yet, but you publish some pretty condescending and hurtful things on your website. If the subject of your posts is not Lady Gaga, most of the things you publish are very judgmental, very catty, and typically misspelled.
For example, you recently posted about MGMT. "MGMT Spewing Holier-Than-Thou-Bullshiz" alone illustrates my point. They're a God damned indie band. Believe it or not, some bands, even ones with some name recognition, make music because they like to make music.
How about this line from a post about Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minillo:
We bet if those two got some work, they wouldn't be so excited about their bathing rituals.”
Or this about Justin Timberlake:
Oh, this is just an effing gem!
Because, you know, he's a serious actor now.
Would someone please remind him that he is COMPLETELY z-list, and therefore, nobody gives a shiz about his personal information, let alone his cigarette butts!
We don't even think Niecy Nash would bother trying to help his ass! Nor should she!
Just let him suffocate under his own trash!
Avril Lavigne & Brody Jenner
Spotted: Avril Lavigne and Brody Jenner were touring
Barf. Those two could even make a romantic vineyard vacay seem trashy!
And perhaps the most offensive post I've seen on your site:
Now THAT is a baby bump, with a belly button you just wanna push and go "Boing!"
Amy Poehler literally popped out at the
Looks like any day now!
So, Amy's pregnant. What's your excuse, Rachel Dratch?
Update: Rachel is also pregnant! Great excuse, Dratch!
I realize that everyone is judgmental. As much as we want to deny it, it’s in our nature as human beings. I also realize that you get paid for this. However, anti-bullying campaign and your daily bullying of celebrities are completely contradictory. Just because these people are famous doesn’t make it better. Just because no one has committed suicide because of the things you’ve put out into the world doesn’t make you any less of a bully.
I’m not saying that you should kiss celeb ass or that when celebrities fuck up, you shouldn’t call them out on their fuckery. What I’m saying is that if you want bullying to end, you need to be that change. Take a stand as a public figure and say, “I am not going to participate in this any more, because this is wrong.” That is how you’ll help make it end.
Rest in peace, Billy Lucas
Rest in peace, Asher Brown
Rest in peace, Seth Walsh
Rest in peace, Tyler Clementi
Rest in peace, Raymond Chase
Rest in peace Caleb Nolt