FOF #2101 – Is Perez Hilton Setting Back Gay Rights 50 Years?

Jan 20, 2015 · 1985 views

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Michelle Visage feels that feels that Perez Hilton’s behavior on Celebrity Big Brother is setting back “the gay community 50 years.”

Today we take a look at the impact, if any, obnoxious gay men have on LGBT equality. Is Perez Hilton’s behavior on the show bad for gay rights, or are we just blowing all of this out of proportion? You decide!


  1. Old habits are hard to break! Check out Perez Hilton and Oprah having a moment together, talking about how he’s going to be nice to people from now on.

  2. Don’t blame Perez! Everyone is setting the world back 50 years every time they tune to a mindless show. We should be on a path to a richer life not a destructive path to bad behavior.
    I guess I’m one of those people that really don’t enjoy watching conflict. The entire world is full of people being mean to each other, why watch it on tv and condone that type of behavior?! I just don’t understand why anyone would want to watch all this mindless blabber and negativity. It makes people think its normal to treat each other in this manner. Most celebrities are mindless twits who are being paid way too much to be obnoxious. Let’s tackle the real problems in the world. Very few celebrities have anything relevant to say, believe me, I know a few! LOL

  3. GaryS says:

    Fausto, Im with you! I am not a big fan of ‘reality tv’ but I am addicted to CBBUK. Thanks to you guys! I tuned in to watch our girl Michelle, but now I’m hooked on the whole hot mess. I think her break-down, and everyone else’s is due to the stress of being away from family, friends, the 24 scrutiny of the cameras, etc. And in the case of Michelle worsened by what seems like a nasty cold. Her ‘gay-defense’ rant was her emotional reaction to Perez’s obnoxious behavior.
    And you guys are right! In the true definition of gay/queer, Michelle is our Queen! (or at least on of the top ones)

    And, I agree, Perez has some serous issues.

    This is a 35 year old man who has the emotional stability and maturity of a pre-pubescent girl; mood swings, tantrums, declarations of eternal love and friendship, desperation for attention, etc. Sure, a lot of what he does is playing to the camera. He is a master at that. However, I think its also a classic case of the narcissism of the ‘Tweeter-ati’. These are people who spend a majority of their time having their precious thoughts, ideas and ‘feelings’ reflected back at them from the ‘affirming’ screens of their laptops or phones. And when they are confronted by others who may disagree or even have a dialogue with them face to face, they freak.

    Also, I understand where you were going with the comparison to Larry Kramer, but that is way a stretch.

    BTW, have I told you guys lately how much I love you??? Keep up the good work. I LOVE your pod casts!

  4. Here are some thoughts:

    For the record– Perez isn’t being sent home. The producers don’t want him to leave. Emotional conflict = views.
    Also, Michelle and Katie H want Nadya out, not Perez. So there you go. This thorn gets to stay.
    My bet is that Alicia or Nadya on going home.

  5. There are so many loopholes for them to basically do whatever they think is best for viewership of the show in that contract.

    Let’s take a look at this:

    Their voting is handled by Electeral Refirm Services, a private company.

    ERS guarantees to give it’s customers the proper election results, that’s it. What that company does with those results is up to them. Think of them as a ballot based version of Google analytics.

    ERS uses it’s technology to give vital data to the show’s producers on who are the contestants who motivate the audience to go spend money on to vote. ERS doesn’t report on the votes publicly, Channel 5 does.

    Considering we could vote in a hundred different ways (vote for the person to go home for example instead of the person to save) says a lot about the system implemented here.

    They want to see who the audience will spend money on. That’s WAY more important than who will get eliminated. The show’s primary aim is to make money by audience viewership and interaction. Running a fair voting system isn’t one of them.

    “Channel 5 reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions without prior notice.”

    “Channel 5 reserves the right to disallow votes if it has reasonable grounds to suspect they have been made from outside the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.”

    So here’s what I think: most of the time, everyone’s votes do count. But there will come a time when very very unpopular contestants, like Perez Hilton, who give rise to conflict will need to stay despite not getting any votes.

    Who is voting for Perez? Nobody.

    Now because the producers know that conflict = viewership, they want to keep him on as long as possible. That’s why they have thrown so many twists into the game, to keep this jerk on longer.

    I don’t see Perez going home tonight, but will be going home as soon as viewers get tired of the repetitive conflict. They might already be wiped from it. We’ll see!

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