Gay gossip guy Perez Hilton felt the need to respond to criticism after making homophobic comments that he made last week.
The 40-year-old blogger shared on his podcast last week that he wouldn’t be enrolling his 5-year-old son, Mario, in dance classes because most young boys who dance “end up being gay.” If he had his way, he’d prefer if his son was straight.
“I don’t think that’s a homophobic thing to say,” added Hilton, who’s said for years he was born gay. “Just like I don’t think it’s a homophobic thing to say that a disproportionate amount of male [actors] on Broadway are gay. There are more gay men drawn to that profession… That’s just a fact.”
“I think dance class might help make your son gay. Even though I believe I was born gay, I can reconcile having said that.”
Perez also asserts that he would go back and choose to be straight if he could.
“As a gay man, I’m not ashamed to be gay… but if I could go back in time and, when I was 18, be given a choice, I would have chosen then to be heterosexual… Being a gay man [around the world] is still a harder road to travel on.”
Perez did make a point to say he’d support Mario regardless of his sexuality: “If my son turns out to be gay, or if he’s already gay but not able to articulate that yet because he’s only 5, I will love my son unconditionally and support him. If my son is transgender, I will love him and support him unconditionally.”
I don’t think there’s any logical route where you can say you’re born gay and then turn around and believe dance classes can make you gay.
That makes as much sense as thinking eating Mexican food will help you learn Spanish.
I think you see a lot of gay men in the arts because they’re just drawn to that world. And I know plenty of straight men who are dancers and actors on Broadway.
Perez needs to “reconcile” a bit more of his own internalized homophobia. This is definitely not a message young LGBTs or their parents need to hear.