Paris Hilton Apologizes; Rupert Everett Doubles-Down
Earlier this week two celebrities made headlines for their negative remarks about the LGBT community. After being criticized the stars are commenting on their original statements.
Paris Hilton has apologized for calling gay men "disgusting" and saying that they "probably had AIDS" after an audio recording of a conversation was released on the web.
The hotel heiress and her gay friend were talking about Grindr, a gay hookup app, in the back of a New York City taxicab when the 31-year-old socialite spewed off-colored comments regarding gay men, EDGE reported
"Ewwww ... gay guys are the horniest people in the world," Hilton, who was visiting New York City during Fashion Week and was not aware her conversation was being recorded, said. "Most of them probably have AIDS ... I would be so scared if I was a gay guy ... you'll like die of AIDS."
A rep for Hilton quickly put out a statement clarifying Hilton’s remarks.
"Paris Hilton’s comments were to express that it is dangerous for anyone to have unprotected sex that could lead to a life threatening disease," the statement reads. "The conversation became heated, after a close gay friend told her in a cab ride, a story about a gay man who has AIDS and is knowingly having unprotected sex. He also discussed a website that encourages random sex by gay men with strangers."
The statement goes on to say that Hilton supports the gay community and "would never purposefully make any negative statements about anyone’s sexual orientation."
But as CNN reports, Hilton released a statement to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and apologized for her comments.
"I was having this private conversation with a friend of mine who is gay and our conversation was in no way towards the entire gay community," her statement said. "It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word."
"I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families," Hilton said. "Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know."
In a somewhat similar situation, out British actor Rupert Everett is also clarifying his controversial comments about gay parents. Last week he said that kids "need a father and a mother figure" and that he "can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads," EDGE reported.
Everett didn’t apologize for his remarks but says he is not "against" same-sex couples from having children, the San Francisco Gate reported.
"The good news on this is I’m not applying for any sort of public office. I don’t want to be a (Member of Parliament), I don’t want to be in a council, I don’t want to be the head of (actors’ union) Equity," the actor told the British talk show, "The Morning." "I’m just an individual with my own life and the things I want to do myself."
Everett, who was criticized by LGBT groups for his original remarks, added that he isn’t "against anybody doing anything."
"I’m not one of those people who wants to say, ’Oh no, you can’t do that, you have got to pull the clocks back.’ Just I, personally, feel like that," he said. "I have loads of friends, gay friends, with children... I am not big into marriage, straight or gay, to be honest. I am very out of kilter with the rest of the world, I realize."