The other day, Paris Hilton found herself in very troubled waters after she was secretly recorded saying some very offensive things about gay men. She is now apologizing in a letter sent to GLAAD.
The socialite / businesswoman and a friend were having a conversation in the back of a cab, about a social networking website used by gay men to meet and hang out.
The conversation was recorded by the taxi driver without the consent of either person taking part in it, and then sold to the press for what we may assume was a considerable sum considering how it made Paris look.
As it happens, that’s not who she is in real life, Paris says in her letter.
“As anyone close to me knows, I always have been and always will be a huge supporter of the gay community. I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families with the comments heard this morning,” she says.
“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,” Paris adds.
As for her comment that “most gays probably have AIDS, ewww,” Paris insists that she was not trying to generalize, even if that’s exactly what it sounded like.
“HIV/AIDS can hurt anyone, gay and straight, men and women. It's something I take very seriously and should not have been thrown around in conversation,” she says.
“Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know. It is so wrong when people bully or put down others for being gay. No one should have to go through that,” Paris goes on to say, adding that she will never be able to put into words how much she wishes she could take back everything she said.