Okay, so if there’s one person in this world I really can’t stand talking about it’s Perez Hilton. He runs a very successful website but I have very definite thoughts and feelings about some of his business practices and ethics. But, whatever — that’s not what this post is about. I received quite a few emails this morning wanting to know about this story, so here goes:
As many of you know, Perez went on Twitter this morning asking for the Toronto police to report to the hotel he was staying at, because he stated he had been attacked by Black Eyed Pea’s will.i.am. His exact Tweet was: “I was assaulted by Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas and his security guards. I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke.” Does it strike anyone as slightly illogical that the blogger was on his Sidekick sending out messages (and there were a few) to the Twitterverse that he needed someone to call the cops? My theory is this: If you can type 140 characters on Twitter, you can dial three numbers — 9-1-1.
Needless to say, Hilton has videotaped a statement where he documents the happenings of the evening. He refers to w.i.a. as a “heat-seeking missile”, there is lots of crying on the tape, and many “ev-er” and “ne-ver” utterances. Very. Dramatic. I think what I take the most issue with is the fact that, the way Perez describes the series of events, it sounds like will.i.am’s manager hit Perez, not the singer himself. Oh, and Perez’s video isn’t suitable for work thanks to his curse-laden tantrum near the end.
I don’t doubt for a moment that Perez Hilton got punched in the face — it was only a matter of time. Do I think anyone deserves to be physically assaulted? No. Do I think Perez Hilton has culpability for escalating a bad situation by screaming at someone calling them a “fag” and a “faggot”? Yes. Do I think he owes will.i.am an apology for Tweeting that the rapper assaulted him, when it sounds like it was a Black Eyed Pea employee that did the punching? Ab. So. Lutely.