September 22nd, 2009
08:34 PM ET

Perez Hilton a "cyber-bully"?

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is "nothing more than a vulgar cyber-bully".

So says the conservative Culture and Media Institute (CMI) in a new report that chastises the mainstream media for giving Hilton a platform while failing to challenge him for misogynistic and "vile" remarks.

"Perez Hilton has proved that demonstrable talent or skill is no longer a prerequisite for fame," the report says.  Ouch!

The CMI blasts Hilton for using the "b-word" to describe The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck and former Miss California Carrie Prejean, outing closeted stars and for re-printing a Margaret Cho blog in which the comedian fantasized about having oral sex with Sarah Palin.

It's not keen on those "doodles" he draws on celeb photos either, especially the ones showing Prejean speaking into a microphone made to look like a member of the male anatomy.

The CMI (a non-profit run by Brent Bozell, the former head of the conservative Parents Television Council) charges the media has given Hilton "a free pass to say and do outrageous things" and spread "his particular brand of venom." 

It cites examples of interviews on ABC, CBS and NBC where reporters sugar-coated the content on Hilton's popular website.   And it chided HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell (host of "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell") for defending Hilton in his public spat with Prejean.

What's your take on Perez?  Is he a cyber-bully or just a cyber-smart aleck?

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Renato

    Perez Hilton is a rat. He is the lowest kind of idiot in the USA. That creep has gotten too far on abusing people and selling crap.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Britney...

    Oh COME ON guys!
    Give the dude a break. Does it really matter on what he writes? I mean, its his opinion, not yours.

    September 25, 2009 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. barkingmad59

    CMI's just calling things as they don't have to be conservative to see Hilton for the spoiled, childish, bizarre fame addict that he is. My question is, why do readers keep perpetuating his delusions of relevance? Surely not all of the visitors to his site share his creepy need to see others defamed?
    On the other hand, reading a few of the above comments, maybe more of them do than I people *really* fall for the 'OMGconservativesaretehRACISTandtehHATERS' line of thought?

    September 24, 2009 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pat

    Perez is a leech. He has no noticable skills and you are right he can dish it out but can't take it. Most people realizie him for the fool he is but contine to read his trash for entertainment. Shame on us for allowing something like this to exist.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shane McGuire

    The only reason he continues to get attention is because folks keep tuning him in.

    The guy is a MOOK!

    I consider myslef an Equal Opportunity Jerk Hater.

    Perez Hilton = Jerk!

    Need I say more?

    September 24, 2009 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. journeyfan

    He is a sad man, and he hates himself... How sad to have all that money and hate yourself, i feel sorry for him.. sad sad sad man!

    September 24, 2009 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. boadicea

    I used to get a kick out of reading Perez and getting the celebrity gossip. But when he started calling young girls – like Miley and Lindsey Lohans half sister and Lourdes – things like slut and whore, he became creepy and disturbing, not funny or informative...

    September 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Molly

    I watched this guy rise to fame and it only proves the now famous "lipstick on a pig.." remark. Perez is not important, he is not even funny. Anyone who listens to him is probably on the sme level as him like his BFF "Paris" Smart girl made friends with the devil to escape his wrath. Honestly, he is nothing but evil media gossip. Basically he has played the media at its own game and won. Kudos for that, but interesting he is not. Why is he even on the TV?
    He deserve all the "verbal bashing" that he gets because that is his game. Those that live by the sword... Finally, smear him as "cyber-bully" that he is, and either he will change or everyone will despise him. Its a win win... Well at least he is not fat as was, that was hard to look at. I know that sounded real mean, but you get it, right Perez.

    September 23, 2009 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GH

    Let me get this, pardon the expression, straight. The conservative right has labeled Perez Hilton a "cyber-bully." A "bully"?? Gimme a break! I never cared for Ms. Hilton's (yes, I said "Ms.") petty outings of people whose personal lives were none of his business. But need I point out: Which party spewed forth all the vile racial hatred during the presidential campaigns? Who now tries to rile up a potentially murderous, terrorist crowd of gun-toting so-called "real Americans" over health care reform? The GOP must be talking to itself in the mirror again.

    September 23, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Amy Adams

    I think Perez Hilton is an idiot. I must confess I used to read him online and enjoy him but since he became a tv personality, I realize how insecure and obnoxious he really is and I can't even read the outrageous things he says without thinking of him saying them, which takes away from all the humor and outrageousness...

    I also must add, I dislike any group that identifies itself as "conservative" or "moral" so my views on Hilton have nothing to do with the social or moral positions takden by the people who have spoken out against is interesting to me that I also used to like Jane Velez Mitchell, but when she did advocate for Perez in the Prejean dispute, I began to have "issues" with her as well...I don't hold grudges or anything, but she seemed to be siding with Perez for her own personal sexuality issues, not out of any logic or rationale...and that ruined her for me

    September 23, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    Perez who?

    September 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Simon

    Just ignore the guy. It's not going to make him go away but it'll definitely be a better use of your time.

    September 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Candace

    It is amazing that when asked their opinion of Perez Hilton people will go into great detail about how low and vile he is. How rude, cold, obscene, vulgar and degrading he is. HEY AREN'T YOU DOING THE SAME THING HE IS DOING? What effin' hypocrites! It's laughable how people think that Perez Hilton some how has an influence or impact on their daily life. He has the freedom to do whatever he wants, because his freedom of speech and opionin is protected by the consitution. If you don't like it, just ignore him. Or maybe you can be exactly like him and talk as much trash and vulgarities about him the same way he does celebrities. GET A LIFE PEOPLE!

    September 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Loren, Chicago

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. Time's up.

    September 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Atlanta

    I think he's funny and entertaining – you people take yourselves WAY too seriously. Loosen up. A lot of people obviously like his entertainment or he wouldn't be around and in this type of spotlight.

    I wonder how many people commenting have actually been to his site?

    He also writes about and posts links to great charities.

    September 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mom Mdot

    Yes, he is rude and vulgar. He is not one of my favorites and I boycott whatever he is attached to; that is my choice. I agree that he has the right to his opinions, but he is just disrespectful and obnoxious; a typical bully. Again, why is this guy and the garbage be sprews so popular? I have other things to do besides listen to rantings of such a seemingly angry and misguided person. Life is too short to be such an out-right beligerent jerk.

    September 23, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Carmen

    CANNOT STAND PEREZ He-TON. Over rated crapbag!

    September 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Raven

    I'm sorry..Perez who?

    September 23, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Pam

    Sure let him squawk – but my problem is with the mainstream media going to him – like he has any real inside scoop, knowledge or insight into celebrity or entertainment – not that entertainment media has ever really cared about truth and belabors incidents past comprehension but they haven't quite sunk to Hilton's low and vile swipes at people and children- so why give him a forum? Why parade him in front of people who might then go to his site and read what amounts to the ramblings of a 12 year old?

    I say give him his freedom of speech but then let the mainstream media ignore him.

    September 23, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  20. David

    One of the most, IF not the most annoying people doing sleeze. He is the classic "those who can't..." people. He is such an ass!!!!

    September 23, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  21. jay

    The draw for many fans is the defamation of self-centered celebrities and embarrassing political figures.

    But he hits out at celebs that AREN'T famewhorey, celebs that don't play his game or aren't sharing their private lives with the world, as is their right, draws drug lines and crude bodily fluids on youngsters; he's vile. Slamming a crooked politician is not the issue, and I could back him on that, but what he does in no way pressures for change, no way makes anything positive, nor does it redeem him in any way.

    As to those that just hit the site and move on, you are funding him and his life of much more luxury than he earns legitimately. Every hit makes him money. If you want to see humor before emails, find another site, imo.

    And yes, I do think he's a bully who can dish but can't take. Sad man.

    September 23, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  22. Henry

    Could someone tell me why this guy is popular? The guy is vulgar, rude and he doesn't have an ounce of talent. He makes his money by insulting people and spewing out venom. Again, why is he popular?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  23. Debulator

    Perez Hilton is arrogant, vile, vulgar, rude and mean..and those are his better qualities. He is obviously a young man filled with rage and insecurity, so much in fact that he over compensates by wearing his "bully" armor 24/7 . He is also foolish enough to think what he says matters.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  24. Debra R

    no one really listens to this pompous windbag anyway...let him squawk

    September 23, 2009 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  25. Britney...

    i LOVE perez!
    Celebrities shouldnt be mad. I love those doodles that he draws on celeb photos...its just his way of expressing what he likes and dislikes. I dont think anyone should be complaining. He is a celebrity-hater really. He just states his opionon and i dont know why everyone gets mad about that...
    What do you guys think?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  26. Julie

    Perez can be harsh... but mostly just hilarious. The draw for many fans is the defamation of self-centered celebrities and embarrassing political figures. While I will admit that he can sometimes go too far, it can be rather satisfying to see these "too cool for school" and self-righteous types taken down a notch or two.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  27. ella a.

    He is what is wrong with the media in this country.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  28. Bud Roberts

    Hilton is truly a self-enthrawled cyber bully. I wish he'd step off the curb in front of me. By the way, what IS this slurp's claim to fame?

    September 23, 2009 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  29. Pam Harding

    Perez is a jealous person who needs to put others down..way make himself feel better.He needs help and lots of it.

    September 23, 2009 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  30. Nicklos Silkworth

    Well, while I try not to feed into or exacerbate the unneeded media coverage of celebrities.since after all the world does have better things to think about. But Perez Hilton is a vile creature. He thinks since he is gay that the world should be. I am no bigot I am all for people who do things that make them happy. However I am not keen when that persons sexual preference turns in to a reason to be forgiven for just being a moron. Prejean is entitled to feel the way she wants just like perez should be thanking his lucky stars he has a job where he can feel comfortable enough to dish out slanderous nothings. Does anyone else feel like this guy has mommy and daddy issues going from way back? Well, I agree with the assessment as he certainly has no writing talent or credibility as most the stars he reports on he has only met from affar because the guy is a liability even if he thinks your great! Thats my 2 cents.

    September 23, 2009 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  31. DFWDelia

    I'm sorry but Perez Hilton has gone from being fun and quirky to being plain mean. Why does anyone care about anything he has to say on his blogs these days?

    September 23, 2009 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  32. Chris

    Perez Hilton is not important to anyone except himself. I don't know who has led this person to believe he's somebody that celebrities need to pay attention to, but he's a nobody in the world of celebrity, Hollywood and the internet.

    The only reason he has so many hits and subscribers to his blog because people like to click on it, laugh at the absurdity of it all, and then click away to check their email. It's a daily joke that's funny to the rest of us, but Perez Hilton takes it far too seriously for his own good.

    He's worthless.

    September 23, 2009 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  33. Bruce

    I don't understand people's fasincation with this guy. I agree he is a bully and just plain strange. A lot of stuff he says is purely designed to produce a shock factor in people. I guess he somehow thinks this makes him cool or something.

    September 23, 2009 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  34. Cindy

    Have you noticed that Perez Hilton can dish it out but can't take it? He is not performing any credible service to humanity with his vile and derogatory comments about others. It saddens me that some people give him the time of day and read his drivel. Everyone has the right to their opinions, free speech and all, so I choose to not read his posts and will boycott anything with his name attached to it. That is my right. I hope others will do the same until he is no longer relevant and goes away for good.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  35. tina

    Lighten up, folks. Perez Hilton is famous because millions of people are entertained by his blog (whether they love him or hate him, they still read him). Does CMI think if the main stream media chides Perez, it will make his readers any less enthusiastic?

    September 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |

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