On Tuesday, Perez Hilton took to his Web site to issue a new statement about his war of words with Black Eyed Peas frontman [artist id="1521450"]Will.I.Am.[/artist] In the statement, he called his use of an anti-gay slur "misguided" but defended his right to employ such language if he feels threatened.
On Wednesday (June 24), GLAAD released a statement in response to Perez's apology, noting that violence is wrong, as is Perez "justifying the use of the slurs."
"First and foremost, it is important to remember that the violence committed against Perez Hilton is absolutely unacceptable and ought to be condemned in the strongest possible terms," wrote Rashad Robinson, senior director of media programs at GLAAD. "Perez Hilton's acknowledgement that words can hurt is an important step in the right direction, and while his change of tone is welcome, he still seems to be justifying the use of the slurs.
"A statement that stops short of apologizing for and disavowing the use of that slur doesn't get us where we need to be — these are vulgar, anti-gay slurs that feed a climate of hatred and intolerance that continues to put our community in harm's way," the statement continued. "When someone from our community uses a far-reaching media platform to promote these kinds of slurs, it sends a message that it's OK to use these dehumanizing words.
"This is an important moment. Now that Perez Hilton has acknowledged that words can hurt, GLAAD calls on him to take this opportunity to reflect on his use of demeaning and defamatory language against many different communities on PerezHilton.com — not as Perez Hilton, but as Mario Lavandeira, an openly gay man who just went through a scary and traumatic experience."
On Tuesday, GLAAD asked Perez to apologize for using an anti-gay slur. Hilton responded by saying the group should apologize to him for being critical of his actions. On Monday, Black Eyed Peas manager Liborio "Polo" Molina turned himself in to Toronto Police and was charged in Perez's assault.