Perez Hilton: I Won't Bully Celebrities Anymore

Gay teen suicides make blogger rethink his ways

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 13, 2010 4:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – Is the gossip world ready for a kinder, gentler Perez Hilton? We'll see. The suicides of Tyler Clementi and other gay teens has prompted Hilton to reconsider his aggressive approach to celebrity reporting, PopEater reports. The blogger told Ellen DeGeneres that he will change his site so that it no longer includes reporting that could be construed as bullying. Hilton, who has badgered closeted celebrities into outing themselves, acknowledged that many people see him as "a bully myself, and a big one."

"Over the last two weeks I have been doing everything I can to bring awareness to the teen suicides and gay bullying," Hilton said. "In doing so, a lot of people have called me a hypocrite. From now on I really want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem." In his video in the gallery, Perez says he doesn't care if traffic to his site drops as it becomes less "salacious" and less "Perezcious." Click here for more.

In this 2009 file photo, Perez Hilton arrives at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's An Evening with Women: Celebrating Art, Music and Equality, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
In this 2009 file photo, Perez Hilton arrives at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's "An Evening with Women: Celebrating Art, Music and Equality," in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)
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