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8 comments | Monday, June 15, 2009

This post is cross posted by permission of Gyant at gyantunplugged.com

OK, so I have been on the fence all weekend about whether or not I was going to discuss the extremely disturbing pictures regarding screenwriter Dustin Lance that’s posted on the number one blog site Perezhilton.com.

For those of you who’ve been otherwise occupied, openly gay blogger, Perez Hilton got his paws on some explicit photos(NSFW!!!) of Academy Award winner Dustin Lance going down under on a former gay lover.

If the name isn’t familiar Dustin won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for “Milk”. Anyway, the photo’s are shocking to say the least. Dustin is photographed in all kind of comprising positions, no pun intended, and can even be seen engaging in unsafe sex practices. And while the images are salacious enough for any gossip rag, or gossip blogger for that matter, many are fuming over Perez’ decision to post such damaging pictures on his hugely popular site.

Recently declared an activist, Perez Hilton has been a staunch supporter for gay rights. We’ve all seen P-Nasty make the headlines as of late over his controversial position as a judge at this years Miss USA Pageant. The outspoken celebrity blogger has been very public about his disdain for Miss USA winner Carrie Prejean, and her anti-gay remarks believing that gays shouldn’t be allowed to enter into wedlock.

Perez recent mission has shifted the tone of his celebrity crazed blog site to be that of a more socially responsible and activist position. That is until early Saturday morning.

Now before I offer up my opinion I feel it necessary to state that I love blogging, particularly reading other peoples passionate opinions, and make it my business to publicly avoid scrutinizing other bloggers work and, or decisions. However, Mario Lavandeira [aka Perez' government], decision to air out an Academy Award winner was unacceptable, reckless and downright low down.

Perez’ posting has deconstructed his plight as becoming an activist for “the cause”. Pulling a move like posting Dustin Lance’s compromising pictures of him engaging in oral and anal sex to the masses does nothing more then perpetuate a stereotype about homosexuals that draws such strong reactions from people when it comes to equal rights.

It would be the equivalent of me pumping my fists for Barack Obama to become the first black President, but then post a sex tape sent to me from Barack’s past. Would the pictures of Dustin probably have hit the net and been a salacious read for many anyway – of course. But why would a top blogger, some say number one blogger, who claims to be so passionate for equal rights – sandbag a prominent member of his community?

I should note that I understand Perez’ position in all of this. I feel that his point is a lesson about accountability and making better decisions. I mean we should all know by now that trusting anyone to take pictures of you engaged in a sexual act , no matter what emotional feelings you may have, is simply a bad idea.

But with Perez having the influence to address the masses with a few simple keystrokes, to utilize his brand to perpetuate many peoples opinions that homosexual are nothing more than pillow biting freaks, this action might end up costing his brand more then first realized.

At the end of the day I am not defending the actions of a reckless adult. Lance has some serious damage control to do on his own.

But to be hit square in the middle of the face by one of your own, one who claims to be on the side of advancement for his community, makes you realize that at the end of the day Perez is about nothing more then clicks so that he can get checks. Making him nothing more then a blogger and opportunist who’ll abandon his plight to obtain his exclusives and get people talking. So far that one post has garnered over 1300 comments.

Plus, call me a crazy, but I don’t think the Academy is going to be amused by Mario going after one of their own.

Gyant says: Epic fail Perez!


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Many people are upset by Perez spilling the tea on Black's photos.

If he hadn't published them, somebody else would have.

It is totally in keeping with the Perez "brand" to talk about the photos. He makes his living from people's dirt, and Black's photos were an opportunity he couldn't refuse.

The moral of the story: if you tape yourself having sex, don't act shocked when someone finds out.

June 15, 2009 2:34 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

When has a sex scandal ever hurt anyone in Hollywood!?

Nevertheless, I wholeheartedly disagree with Gyant's assertion. Perez is a gossip blogger and Lance's photos were gossip. He would be a hypocrite to NOT post them considering he has posted EVERY other celeb's naked photos or links to sex tapes on his site.

And Perez as a "gay activist" is laughable. He is just a gossip blogger who has used his celebrity to promote many different causes on his site and in person. To call him an activist, would require him to do much, much more than what he's been doing.

Furthermore, are Black gossip bloggers ever accused of "selling out" for tearing down other Black celebs on a daily basis, ie. Look at who all posted Rihanna's naked pics last month?

So if Perez is "selling out," then so might be Gyant.

June 15, 2009 3:02 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

The moral of the story, the greatest enemies of the gay rights movement are the gays themselves.

June 15, 2009 4:00 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I’m a little on the fence…On one hand I’m like…That’s his job..He dishes dirt..But then you think…Would you really put your “family” out there like that..Even if it is going to get out?... Had it been anyone else this wouldn’t even be up for discussion. We just kind of assume that because of who it is in this instance that he might take the high road..And should he? Hummm…Tough question…I would have….But that’s just me..But everyone knows Perez is a $ hungry attention whore..So surely we aren’t surprised by his behavior. What I am surprised by is the reaction to these photos… “Shocking to say the least”?..What’s so shocking? He’s a gay man…Having gay sex..Yes one of the pictures appears to be unprotected…But we have no idea what the relationship between him and the other guy in the picture was. For all we know they could have been in a monogamous relationship and got routine testing which I believe to be totally acceptable. Let’s not jump to conclusions.


June 15, 2009 4:10 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

perez is so fake and just out to make himself the talk of the town.i have always felt that everytime he opens his mouth he sets us back as gay men and gay women for that matter

June 15, 2009 5:35 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Oh PLEAASE! So he shouldn't have posted the pictures just because Dustin is gay? Thats like sweeping matters under the carpet. Even so, does Gyant forget when everyone in the black blogsphere was posting naked pictures of Rihanna? I mean if we are going to be using that logic, i guess it only makes sense to say, black bloggers shouldn't have posted naked pictures of Rihanna.

I'm not a fan of Perez even one bit, and i'm not gonna start calling him an activist but he's a gossip blogger and thats what he's been doing for years now - dishing dirt on celebs.Why should Dustin be an exception?

Lesson to everyone: DO NOT take naked pictures or make sextapes if u don't want them to be seen.

June 15, 2009 9:07 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Perez Hilton is just a really nasty person who needs therapy.
Yeah, Dustin lance black was the fool for letting his boyfriend photograph them having sex. That is a given.
However, Perez seems incredibly bitter, spiteful, and lonely. He makes it his job to try and "bring people down to size." It wreaks of someone who has a lonely and tortured childhood.
I honestly pity him. He really is pathetic.

June 16, 2009 12:14 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Perez is just a idiot. It makes me angry that he is even apart of the LGBT community. But eventually his time will come, e does too much for karma not come back and bite him in the a**!!

June 17, 2009 12:51 PM


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