Thus furthering the culture of victim shaming.
Originally posted on Nov. 20, 2014, at 9:58 p.m.
In light of recent allegations against Bill Cosby, celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton decided to ask his Twitter followers what they thought. In the most inappropriate way possible.
There were the obvious questions
With obvious logical answers
Going to the actual article made it worse. MUCH worse.
I mean, I suppose Perez has a point. Rape is very “icky icky poo” and “sad sad” after all :’(
After a brief breakdown of the alleged assault he asks the world, “Do you believe the accusations against Bill Cosby?”
The reality of the situation began to sink in
Still waiting for an explanation.
The worst part – people were ACTUALLY VOTING
VOTING ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY BELIEVE WOMEN’S CLAIMS THAT THEY WERE RAPED.
So you liked The Cosby Show? Big deal, so did everyone else. But is anyone such an avid fan of Cosby (or anything for that matter) that they’re willing to suspend belief of the fact that multiple women have claimed that Cosby raped them?
The answer to that is no. Or rather it should be, I’m looking at you the TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT of people who voted that they did not believe the rape allegations against Cosby.
Well, quite, Lauren Wolfe.
This isn’t about Bill Cosby, though. It’s about Perez Hilton.
Perez Hilton is an openly-gay Latino single-father who has probably faced his fair share of adversity. If someone who has overcome such scrutiny and adversity cannot understand the bravery and terror involved with coming out as a victim of sexual abuse, then whoTF can really?
The rage began to evolve into a deeper feeling of betrayal. Those women have been betrayed by someone who has so much power for good, and instead uses their fame to bully victims of rape
I saw ex-English rugby player Brian Moore speak at an event not long ago. He spoke about how he had been sexually abused as a child and that when he got the courage to tell someone they did not believe him. He attributes his bad temper and reputation for being particularly hostile on the pitch to the pent up rage from this abuse.
During the talk someone stood up and said, ‘I wanted to thank you for speaking about this in such an open and matter of fact manner. I was abused as a child and it took me two years to tell my parents.’ Without missing a beat, Moore anxiously said, ‘Did they believe you?!’ To which the person said, ‘Yes, of course.’ Moore said, ‘Oh, thank God,’ relieved, and then went on to explain that not everyone is so lucky to be believed and given an appropriate response.
These women deserve an appropriate response, not a public enquiry. What if instead of asking if people believe these women, we asked these women if they are okay? The click-bait nature of Hilton’s blogging has dehumanised these women who deserve a chance to be heard and supported.
I keep hearing the question, “Why now? Why come out and talk about it now?”
Andrea Constand talked about this thirty years ago when she filed a lawsuit, but when the case was settled out of court she said that she struggled to get people to take the story seriously.
Setting up an online poll to ask whether or not people think these women were raped is taking this situation about as seriously as you take anything written in Comic Sans. How are we going to encourage victims of abuse to come out and get the support they need when people are setting up a public forum on whether or not the victims are telling the truth?
Within an hour the tweet was deleted, and shortly after that the poll was taken down
Ironically, the day before Perez Hilton had published an article shaming an American restaurant, Dave & Buster’s, for tweeting a racially insensitive comment
I suppose it takes stupid and offensive to know stupid and offensive in this case.
Unlike Perez Hilton, however, Dave & Buster’s apologised
I reached out to Perez to explain my feelings without caps lock and to ask for a public apology
And I await his reply.
UPDATE: This article was posted over a year ago and Perez Hilton has yet to respond or apologise. Recently, in light of Cosby’s not guilty verdict, Perez seems to be all aboard the self-righteous train, jumping to criticise Kanye West for tweeting that Bill Cosby was innocent.
Still sticking to that genius tag of “icky icky poo” I see. And in a further attempt to stick his foot down his throat he wrote:
I don’t think it’s necessary to dwell on the hypocrisy.
From the bottom of my heart, I truly believe that Perez Hilton should be stripped of his entitlement to boast his misogynistic, victim-shaming opinions. The cavalier way in which he addresses the issue of rape is so unfathomably disturbing that I can’t even comprehend how this man is allowed to speak. There’s one very apt description of Perez Hilton and it is:
As if the existence of these articles weren’t bad enough, he rounded up the entire thing with this:
Once again asking for public opinion on how creative and hilarious jokes about rapists are.
In a further attempt to stay somewhat passively involved, Perez retweeted Sarah Siverman’s tweet to Kanye.
I suppose he simply cannot let go of his pathetic attempts to grasp onto relevance.
I’ve said it since he posted that poll in 2014…I hope that Perez Hilton is fucking ashamed of himself.
As if you needed any other reason to loathe PH, I’ll be emailing out the deleted article “Is Perez Hilton Trolling Louis Tomlinson?” which outlines his explicit involvement in outing celebrities over the years. Subscribe here to receive the article.