If you haven’t heard of the drama that happened this past weekend between Perez Hilton and the Black Eyed Peas, then where have you been! This kind of stuff really only happens at the MTV music awards- certainly not in Canada! Donovan, Topher, and Jonny were at the MMVAs after parties in Toronto where everything went down- and Donovan even witnessed some of it!
Basically, at one of the after parties, Fergie- of the Black Eyed Peas- went up to to Perez and was saying that she thought they “were cool” and was wondering why he was talking smack about her and the Black Eyed Peas recently. They exchanged words and Fergie did not look pleased as she stomped away. This was the conversation that Donovan had witnessed. (See his up-and-coming Toronto recap for more details).
At another one of the after-after parties (don’t laugh), Will.I.Am- another member of the Black Eyed Peas- went up to Perez and demanded that he stop writing about them on his site. Perez said “he’d try” but “wouldn’t make any promises.” Will.I.Am accused Perez of disrespecting him and was furious to the point that eventually Perez said to him you’re not a f*cking artist, you’re a f*cking f*ggot. In Perez’s mind, that is one thing the The Black Eyed Pea would not want to hear said about him. By the way Perez, that’s nothing ANYONE ever wants to hear… least of all the gay community to which oh-so clearly belong to. Thanks for that. But, really, do we expect any more from him?
Again, at yet another location, Will.I.Am and his entourage seemed to be a magnet to Perez. When the blogging dye-job-victim decided to leave, Will.I.Am’s manager jumped Perez from behind and punched him in the face three times. Another GREAT celebrity decision.
Perez did NOT see that one coming. He went to his hotel and called the Toronto police and he was told that the police were busy with actual emergencies and not able to help him at the time. He then went onto his twitter and submitted the following:
- I’m in shock. I need the police ASAP. Please come to the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel now. Please.
- I was assaulted by Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas and his security guards. I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke.
- Still waiting for the police. The bleeding has stopped. I need to document this. Please, can the police come to the SoHo Met Hotel.
- I spoke to my lawyer. I really need to talk to the authorities. Please come to the SoHo Met Hotel. Have called the police. Need them here.
- The Toronto police are here now. Thank you. Please stop calling them.
- Thank u all from the bottom of my heart for ur concern. The police are investigating the assault now. I did the right thing by reporting it.
- I won’t be talking about this any further. It is in the hands of the authorities.
- I am NOT going to let this affect my work. And today will be a day like any other on the website.
- My statement about being attacked in Toronto last night http://bit.ly/owYHd
- I am honestly SHOCKED at the amount of people saying I deserved to be hit. Shame on you! NO. Violence is never the answer. NEVER.
- At the end of the day, I have my priorities straight. The ONLY thing in life that matters to me is my family. And I am blessed to have them.
- The law says that words are NEVER provocation for a physical attack. Never. That is the law.
Here is Perez’s video that he made after being attacked, and also in response to Will.I.Am’s Video below.
Will.I.Am’s video about what happened on the night of the MMVA’s…
Here is an excerpt from Perez’s latest statement, posted on his site June 23rd, 2009.
“Words can hurt. I know that very well, from both sides of the fence. The other night in Toronto, after feeling physically threatened by a verbally abusive Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, I chose the most hurtful word I know to hurl at him. I was in an out-of-the ordinary situation and used a word that I would not utter under normal circumstances. My intention- however misguided it may have been – was to stand up for myself and tell this belligerent man that I had enough of his badgering and was not going to continue to let him berate and intimidate me. I wanted to hurt him with the word I chose, not anyone else. Unfortunately, the one who got hurt was me and, subsequently, a lot of other people. I wish none of it had happened. I can’t take it back. I did what I thought was best at the moment to stand up for myself in a non-violent yet still assertive way. Clearly, I am not homophobic. Also, I am not nor have I ever claimed to be a spokesperson for the gay community. I am just speaking for myself, a gay man. One who is labeled “flamboyant” in the media. An American that is not granted equal rights under the law. I will continue to speak out for equality and I will continue to say things that upset both gay people and straight people. Who I am as a person and what I do for a living are two separate things. I’ve come to terms with all my incongruities and am proud of who I am and what I do. In closing, words can hurt. But words should not provoke someone to violence.”
Violence is never the answer, but in my opinion, I think unfortunately it was only a matter of time before this happened. Perez says whatever he wants about whomever he wants. Not everyone can do that and get away with it. This just proves that he can’t either and every once and a while he’ll be accountable for his actions- or someone will simply be so fed up with attacks on their career that they will attack him instead, as in this situation.