Paris Hilton & Five Other Celebs Who Were Caught Making Anti-Gay Comments
September 21st, 2012 4:30pm EDT
Paris Hilton got herself into a pickle this week by slamming gays who use the Grindr app, which allows people to "find local gay, bi and curious guys for dating or friends." A taxi cab driver recorded her saying about gay men, "They’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS."
The socialite immediately released a statement, which reads in part: "I was having this private conversation with a friend of mine who is gay and our conversation was in no way towards the entire gay community. It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word."
But Paris isn't the only celebrity who has been called out for anti-gay comments. Take a look at five other stars who probably should have kept their feelings to themselves...
Rupert Everett, who is gay, made headlines this week for expressing his belief that homosexual couples shouldn't be parents. He told Britain's Sunday Times Magazine: "I can't think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads. Some people might not agree with that. Fine! That's just my opinion. I'm not speaking on behalf of the gay community."
In June 2011, Tracy Morgan said in a stand-up act, "The gays needed to quit being p—ies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying." He added that if his son was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man…or he would pull out a knife and "stab that little [n-----] to death." The actor later apologized for his remarks and met with gay and transgender youths in Nashville, Tennessee, to make amends.
In 2004, 50 Cent famously told Playboy magazine, "I ain't into faggots. I don't like gay people around me, because I'm not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I'm not prejudiced. I just don't go with gay people and kick it … But women who like women, that's cool." Following the 2010 suicide of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, who was gay, the rapper tweeted: "If you a man and your over 25 and you don't eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol." But the rapper appears to have changed his gay stance. This summer he supported fellow hip hop star Frank Ocean when he came out.
Actor Isaiah Washington was fired from "Grey's Anatomy" in 2007 for using a homophobic slur during an on-set fight with co-star Patrick Dempsey. The firing prompted another co-star, T.R. Knight, to come out as homosexual. Washington publicly apologized for his comment and met with gay leaders to seek forgiveness - but it wasn't enough for him to keep his job.
Basketball star Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for using a derogatory homophobic slur during the telecast of an end-of-season game in April 2011. Bryant apologized for his outburst, insisting he never meant to offend the gay and lesbian community.
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