October 13th, 2010
04:02 PM ET
In a YouTube video titled “I’m Going To Be Doing Things Differently,” celebrity blogger Perez Hilton addresses his actions over the last few years on PerezHilton.com and apologizes for bullying celebrities.
He posted a link to his video in a series of nine Twitter posts, leading with phrases like “#LoveIsLouder Than hate!” and “I can’t keep justifying my behavior!”
With the recent rash of teen suicides and bullying appearing in the media, Hilton says he has decided that he wants to “be the solution and not part of the problem.” While speaking out against bullying over the last few weeks, many people have called Hilton a hypocrite, saying that he’s a bully himself.
“I’ve been doing my website for six years now, and in the past I would justify everything as comedy, and humor, and these are celebrities,” Hilton says in the video. “But I don’t want to have to justify what I do anymore. I don’t want to continue things as they are. I need to change, and I’m going to start today.”
Instead of being hurtful and malicious, Hilton says he will change the tone on his website, even if that means losing readers or revenue.
“If I was less nasty or biting, would my traffic go down?” he asks. “Well even if it does, I don’t care, because this is really important to me.”
He says he regrets making fun of children in the past, and will no longer use mean celebrity nicknames, like “Maniston” for Jennifer Aniston, for example.
Although Hilton has made a similar promise before - in 2009, he pledged to stop making fun of children of celebrities for three months on the “Tyra Banks Show” in exchange for an appearance on “America’s Next Top Model" - this time around, it looks like he intends on making a more permanent change.
“I really want to inspire people and make the world a better place,” Hilton says. “I’m going to work really hard to do that, and I’m not perfect, and I’m still going to have opinions, and I’m not going to like everybody, but I don’t want to be a bully… that’s not who I am… It might have been who I was, but it’s definitely not who I want to be or who I’m going to be.”
"I’ve grown a lot as a person over the last three years," Hilton said in the interview with Out. "I’ve transformed my body – I’ve lost 60 pounds – I’ve moved my mom and my sister out here, and I’ve become a much happier person."
"All of these websites are definitely far more positive and that was by design," Hilton said. "I was afraid of making that change on the main site because I have done things for so long a certain way. But this recent turn of events has forced me to make that change. I need to be the change that I want to see in others."
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