Perez Hilton, Brüno, And "The Gay-Panic Offense"Anna North7/09/09 6:30pmFiled to: Humor and homophobiaPerez HiltonbrunoSacha Baron CohenhomophobiaGayGay stereotypesslursRacismGawkerDefamer61EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkPerez Hilton is getting a storm of publicity after calling someone a faggot, and Brüno, a movie that Dennis Lim calls a "big gay joke," is advertising everywhere. What does this mean for gay stereotypes in the media?AdvertisementIn an Entertainment Weekly profile by Tim Stack, Hilton says of his altercation with will.i.am,I realize I said the most hurtful word. I don't believe being gay is bad. I'm not homophobic. I couldn't be any gayer and I couldn't be any prouder. I've got rainbow flags shooting out of my eyes.Stack calls him "surprisingly chastened," but he doesn't really sound all that sorry in The Advocate, where he says, "I thought about calling him the n word, but I thought the f word was even worse." He goes on to say, "I reacted in the worst way possible," but the fact remains that Hilton basically wants, as Richard Lawson says, "to have us congratulate him for not saying the racist thing he was thinking." Or that he thinks gays are more marginalized than blacks? Or that homophobic slurs are worse than racial slurs? Or that the word faggot from the mouth of a gay man is worse than the n-word from the mouth of a non-black person? The mind reels.