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They won’t take his money

June 26, 2009 | celebrity | editor | 0 Comments

The only redeeming part of Perez Hiltons self-serving non-apology yesterday was the second to last paragraph, when he said:

“I will be donating any money collected from my lawsuit against Polo Molina, road manager for the Black Eyed Peas, to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.”

Shepard, if you don’t remember, was a gay teenager who was tortured and killed in Wyoming in 1998. The foundation is run by Matthews mom, who unfortunately for Hilton has what they call “dignity”.  Some highlights from a statement she posted last night:

“The Matthew Shepard Foundation was surprised to learn this morning via media reports that blogger Perez Hilton has announced plans to donate, to our organization, the proceeds of a lawsuit…
We had no advance notice or contact from Mr. Hilton or his representatives regarding this proposal, nor any communication since he posted this plan to his website.
We do not know the details of the lawsuit, whether it has been filed, the nature of his claims or the likely outcome. But because the lawsuit presumably involves the physical attack prompted by Mr. Hilton’s admitted use of an anti-gay slur, the Foundation will be unable to accept any funds obtained in such a manner.
…we also feel compelled to point out that use of epithets can often lead to physical violence, as it appears it may have in this case, and that the Matthew Shepard Foundation has worked for more than 10 years to bring to people’s attention the consequences of hateful or intolerant language.”

If you’re a gay guy in the news because someone punched you, and the most prominent gay rights organization has asked you to apologize, and a charity who works to end violence against gay people won’t take money from you, I think it’s safe to say you’re a piece of shit.

(I’m a big Hollywood star, far too self-centered to donate time or money to worthwhile causes, but this woman should be commended. Everyone reading this should donate anything you can here. I know you fuckers have a spare 10 dollars.  HEROIC UPDATE – I am now a member of yet another gay rights leadership council (screencap).  I can’t even keep track of how many I belong to at this point.  50?)

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