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Saturday, May 23, 2009

An Activist or not an Activist? That is the question...

So I follow Perez Hilton as well as other sites for celebrity gossip for fun. No harm in that. One problem, a wannabe activist poser is interfering with the news and imposing beliefs on others.

I don't like hypocrites, who does really? But I just can't keep my mouth shut on this one. When you are pro- anything, thats great! when its not hurting anyone! When it starts to hurt someone or an entity either physically or mentally, thats when its not cool anymore.

Perez Hilton is gay. Okay, thats fine. No problem there. He makes big deals about things that shouldnt be a big thing when it comes to gay rights. Okay, problem.

Perez has 43 posts up to now on Miss California Carrie Prejean ranging from dates April 20, 2009 to May 20, 2009. He was one of the judges at the Miss America pageant where he asked Miss California the question: "What do you think about same-sex marriage legalization?". To that, she said in her family, the way she was brought up, she believes in a man and a woman being wed. She also said she had nothing against those who are gay, it was just the way she was brought up.

Okay, so honestly, this should have ended here. She has the right to her own opinion regardless of her title of Miss California. But Perez took it too far and actually made the media and those in the Pageant organization to question Miss California's title and if she should lose it because of her beliefs.

As usual, Perez usual irrelevant information to condemn Miss Prejean as a bad person. He goes on to talk about the semi-naked pictures she took before she was even Miss California. He also talks about her being abused as a child. When did this gay-rights situation even come to talking about abuse? Why does that even need to be talked about? Her decision to tell the world the truth about her beliefs in opposite-sex marriage has nothing to do with her being abused. I've taken psychology classes, and honestly, no connection. Its not the kind of information you give out to the public about someone who has only given respect to others.

But, just as usual, Perez doesn't stop there. He is now saying that Nigel Lythgoe from "So You Think You Can Dance" is homophobic. I actually watched that episode this week and nothing Nigel said was in any way homophobic.

This week's episode was the first of this new season and was a 2-hour auditions episode naturally. Well into the second hour, two men, one straight and one gay, came onto the stage and started dancing together. Even though when concentrating on the dance itself, they made several mistakes, two men dancing together can easily be defined as awkward, whether they are gay or straight.

Well, Perez overreacted and said that what Nigel said about them was homophobic. Nigel, as well as the other judges, not just Nigel, told both men that when they think of dancing, they think of a woman and a man.... Wait a second, did they say something bad about people who are gay? I think... I THINK Perez is confused. Not once did the judges talk about the sexual orientation of the men in question. They commented on two males dancing together and how it would be producing a malaise in the competition as it is not customary for two men to dance close proximity dances.

How in any way is this talking about their sexual orientation? As usual, this is overreaction from the Hilton camp. Not only did this become a problem for him, now the GLADD's (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) president Neil G. Giuliano commented on Nigel Lythgoe's comments on the show: "It’s unacceptable for this kind of blatant homophobia to occur. Fox Entertainment and Nigel Lythgoe owe Misha, Mitchel and the whole LGBT community an apology."

Really? Are you kidding me? I'm completely pro-gay rights and all, but this is getting ridiculous! Apparently the media and organizations don't know when is too much. When is being an activist going to far? When does taking things too seriously get annoying and frustrating? I think its when people take things way out of proportion and look for hidden meanings in comments that have nothing to do with the subject at hand.

Honestly, get over it guys, be for gay-rights all you want but don't start harrassing people and making stories up to get your way. Its just as worse is being against gay rights. Counter-productive!!!!

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