Perez Hilton’s money refused by Matthew Shepard Foundation

June 26th, 2009 // 90 Comments

When Perez Hilton filed a $25,000 lawsuit against Black Eyed Peas’ manager Polo Molina, he announced he’d be donating the proceeds to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Turns out that not only was the foundation never informed of such a donation, they don’t want his money because he called Will.I.am a “fucking faggot.” Here’s the official statement from Judy Shepard:

The Matthew Shepard Foundation was surprised to learn this morning via media reports that blogger Perez Hilton (Mario Lavandeira) has announced he plans to donate, to our organization, the proceeds of a lawsuit he is contesting over an altercation which has been widely reported in recent days.

We had no advance notice or contact from Mr. Hilton or his representatives regarding this proposal, nor any communication since he posted this plan to his website.

We do not know the details of the lawsuit, whether it has been filed, the nature of his claims or the likely outcome. But because the lawsuit presumably involves the physical attack prompted by Mr. Hilton’s admitted use of an anti-gay slur, the Foundation will be unable to accept any funds obtained in such a manner.

We very much appreciate the generosity of the offer to support our continuing work to memorialize Matthew through activism in defense of sexual minorities and in favor of understanding, compassion, and acceptance. But because so much of our work involves education to reduce the use of hateful language against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, or those so perceived, it would be inappropriate for us to benefit financially from circumstances in which such a verbal attack was involved.

While we applaud Mr. Hilton’s apology to the LGBT community and their loved ones for his use of such a slur, we also feel compelled to point out that use of epithets can often lead to physical violence, as it appears it may have in this case, and that the Matthew Shepard Foundation has worked for more than 10 years to bring to people’s attention the consequences of hateful or intolerant language.

Judy Shepard
Chair, MSF Governing Board

“We also feel compelled to point out that use of epithets can often lead to physical violence, as it appears it may have in this case.” Read: We’re a foundation trying to stop hate crimes against homosexuals and even we thought he had it coming.

Thanks to Michael who’s never seen a man get cockslapped by irony before. Until now.

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  1. drunk

    gay guys use faggot like black guys use nigga. what’s the big deal here?

  2. Jim

    How ironic

  3. Inmate #2648927

    What a dildo.

  4. n

    Open mounth insert foot…put a nail in his own coffin…take your pick…goodbye perez hilton.

    you’re annoying: 14:59

  5. syn

    Good for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, that shows real integrity on their part. As for me, I could watch videos of Perez Hilton crying any day of the week…some of the funniest stuff I’ve seen in a long time. I really do despise that useless bitch.

  6. Arioch

    DAMN!!!

    Karma is taking a giant shit all over him.

    Ouch.

    You cant do what he does in the manner in which HE does it and not get retribution. It just happens to be very public.

    Oh well.

  7. justifiable

    #1 Since it’s probably the last word Matthew Shepherd ever heard, calling someone “faggot” is a “big deal”, no matter who uses it and why. Perez used it as a slur, as an insult, as hate speech – now he’s trying to get cheap redemption though the Shepherd Foundation. Good for Judy Shepherd – she’s a class act. She’s not letting him off the hook and she’s not letting him use her son as his life preserver.

    Perez, the countdown on your 15 minutes of fame has started – no one wants you around any more. You’re officially F-listed.

  8. Marie

    @drunk

    If gay people can use anti gays slurs, and straights can’t, what about the bisexuals???

    Kudos to the Matthew Sheppard Foundation for standing up for what’s right!

  9. Zee Brat

    @1 Because we don’t actually lol. That’s not how we walk around. Like, Sup Fag! That doesn’t happen. I can’t think of anyone who uses Fag in a positive way.

    Is it wrong that I love how every gay organization is turning their back on Perez?

  10. Kristin

    @ madonna fuck your petition. kudos to matthew shepherd foundation but nickelodeon is a pawn of MTV and recently had idiot Rihanna nominated as well as Katy Perry’s song ‘I kissed a girl.’ IF you’re gonna petition to remove perez from that you better do the same for the rest of the idiots, which is pretty much all of them :)

  11. skweegee

    Those stupid pink lines on his head say to me: “swing louisville slugger here” look at the pic above and tell me you wouldn’t laugh if that were a toothless smile.

  12. Zee Brat

    @12 I don’t think he needs to be hit with a bat. That seems excessive. He should just be heavily ignored until people forget his name. Mark David Chapman style.

  13. norton

    Judy Shepard should receive a Congressional Medal of Honor as well as a Pulitzer for writing the most adept, succinct “go fuck yourself”, bitchslap ever written.

    My respect for this woman was large to begin with, but now I think I’m in love.

  14. spelunking

    Good for the Mathew Shepard foundation, using that word in that context was a terrible thing to do. But I hope that if Perez does get damages from this case, he will still donate it to charity. Maybe a humanitarian organisation like Amnesty International. It seems like he genuinely regrets his actions. (I still think hes a douche though)

  15. ambidextrous handjob

    #1 & 9 You don’t get it. If a white guy calls a black guy a n*gger, it’s always racial on some basic level. It’s just not the same thing when two blacks use it between themselves – consider it an insider reference or whatever, it’s off limits to anyone else. Personally, I don’t think it’s cool. I think it ‘s degrading and keeps a crappy sterotype/attitude alive, but it exists. And all the white people who compaiin about this ‘inequality’ are either ones that would love to use it themselves or ones who don’t like it that anyone can do something they can’t. No fair! Tough, get over it . You have 3,987,045 other privileges that no one else has so you’re still ahead.
    Gay people may call each other f*ggot in the same way but when it’s used like this in this situation it’s an insult.

  16. justifiable

    #15 Don’t count on it – he’s about as popular right now as leprosy and the clap combined and he’s a martyr for nothing but his big mouth. I think he’ll need (and keep) every penny because doors are slamming in his face everywhere. Is there a pool going to as to when his blogging career is officially over with?

  17. Fuck Perez

    Hey Superficial writer… why don’t you stop even giving this loser the time of day by reporting about his pathetic “scandal”? Hopefully he has ruined his well overdue fifteen minutes of fame and we won’t have to see him ever again. Boycott Perez Hilton in any way shape or form… and not for using the word fag, for being a loser.

  18. jerome t.

    Crackers need to shut up before they get shot. We are sick and tired of whitey McWhite bitching about inequality. Also stop calling us fucking African Americans!!! We are Americans… Chocolate Americans

  19. skweegee

    @13 excessive…..maybe. Toothless smile…..still funny.

  20. Toolboy

    Dude, this sandwich is delicious. Every bite I take is like a symphony of karma playing in my head. Have another bite Perez? Full already?
    16-
    Ok, I have my copy of the “Master Plan” and I do personally know “The Man”, but what is the 3,987,045th privilege? I know the other 3,987,044 privileges, but I’m not sure about the 3,987,045th one….doe it have to do with the right to use Ranch Dressing on everything?

  21. drunk

    have any of you hung out in the gay community?’ faggot’ is what a gay man says to give a big insult. It’s like a woman using cunt.
    I can’t stand perez hilton, but please , everyone’s got to stop being so sensitive. Take the dude’s money and put it to good use.

  22. timbo

    Somewhere in California, Carrie Prejean is rejoicing.

  23. ambidextrous handjob

    #21 Yup, load on the Hidden Valley. You also get to wear really ugly pants with whales and other shit on them when you go golfing.

  24. Mimi

    @ 23 LOL Love it

  25. Mimi

    @ 23 LOL Love it

  26. squeaky

    who?

  27. Bill

    16….

    So why is it okay for black people to say cracker, white boy, redneck etc.? Tons of black people say it and the backlash isn’t the same what so ever. Black people have cried their way to the top. There is a black president and there are black people still cry about racism. Apparently the majority aren’t racist towards blacks anymore now are they. Okay then.

  28. bring back the bikinis

    i come to superficial for the bikinis and funny comments, not this pc crap. get over yourselves. living in san francisco, i get enouch pc whiney douches mouthing off. keep superficial SUPERFICIAL!

  29. ambidextrous handjob

    #28 First off, it’s never “OK” . But one reason the “backlash” isn’t the same is because white people have never been oppressed in this country, so any race-based insult really has no sting. There’s nowhere that we can’t go, no jobs that have been ever denied to us because of our race. We never had to think twice if we would be allowed in a restaurant or a bathroom.

    Are you really trying to argue that if somebody, no matter what color they are, behaves badly towards someone else and acts like a bigot, then it’s perfectly OK for you to do it too? Weren’t you taught any better than that?

  30. WTF Report

    #29 You fucking perv, do you really want to see Perez Hilton in a BIKINI? RLLY????? You don’t like it here on this thread, fucking leave, get some Jergens and google Kate Gosselin.

  31. I am glad. Perez is a tool.

  32. Tom K

    Wow “faggots” have real integrity? Who would have thought? I”m glad they didn’t take that spanish fags money.

  33. Tom K

    P.S…………….

    Mario Armando Lavandeira (born March 23, 1978), better known as Perez Hilton is in fact a spic no matter how much of white man he pretends to be.

    Spanish people are such chameleons and hypocrites they are never really proud of who they are and the first chance they get to assimilate and pretend they are white they do it.

  34. jason randall

    Are you really going to start posting info on this dumb fucking faget idiot everyday. I know you can do better than that. Just like you said you weren’t going to post pics of that stupid bitch Heidi, and queef for a husband. Unless she was nude or wearing a bathing suit. FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL!!!!!!

  35. jason randall

    Are you really going to start posting info on this dumb fucking faget idiot everyday. I know you can do better than that. Just like you said you weren’t going to post pics of that stupid bitch Heidi, and queef for a husband. Unless she was nude or wearing a bathing suit. FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL!!!!!!

  36. Harry

    I don’t care if a gay guy uses the F word. I do care that Perez is a no talent leech who’s entire career is based on exploiting idiot housewive’s insatiable desire for gossip to help them forget about their own miserable existence.

  37. HAHA!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    im now donating an extra hundred to the matthew shepard foundation!

  38. westcoastranger

    I saw that picture and assumed that somebody had run over Perez’ head. I was hoping it was fatal.

  39. Marketta

    There’s a difference between wanting to be “dirty” and wanting to make sure when two people find that special true love, they are afforded the same civil rights regardless of sex.
    Mario is a dirty boy and only hurts the true cause.

  40. Jeff

    I wonder how much more ownage this loser can endure?

  41. Lain

    Wait, a foundation is refusing money? Now that’s just downright irresponsible, IMO.

  42. deedle

    ok, people, chill out.
    for one thing, its insane that the matthew shephard foundation would turn down ANY money. wouldn’t it be the BEST possible situation if they took his lawsuit money and used it for GOOD? maybe it’s just me…but money is money people…and $25000 to a charity is TONS. making a positive from a presumed “negative” set make things as “right” as possible to me.
    secondly…. perez used that word because knowing what a tool will.i.am is, he understood that that slur would really upset him. which to me shows that will.i.am is a goof to be insulted to the point of violence over a word like that. you’re all buying into the way of thinking that being called a “fag” or “faggot” is a BAD thing because being gay is BAD and that it’s a INSULT to be called a faggot. when really, it’s not bad or good. who cares. gay, straight, bi, trans — MEH we’re all just people afterall, right???
    theres no use in comparing african american people saying the N word to eachother to LGBT people calling each other fags. that just upsets people.

    anyways, thats my 2 cents. will.i.am is the hateful person for being offended by that term, which shouldn’t be an offensive or upsetting thing. perez is clever for using a word, which i’m sure people have called him in a derogatory way, to “insult” will.i.am.

    do you really think perez is anti-gay or homophobic?? srsly???

    wrong is wrong, i get it. but who are we to say “no one should use that word ever ever”. what if between friends its acceptable and ok to do that? we can’t judge people who it in normal conversation, nor can they judge those who don’t. let it goooooo

  43. deedle

    ok, people, chill out.
    for one thing, its insane that the matthew shephard foundation would turn down ANY money. wouldn’t it be the BEST possible situation if they took his lawsuit money and used it for GOOD? maybe it’s just me…but money is money people…and $25000 to a charity is TONS. making a positive from a presumed “negative” set make things as “right” as possible to me.
    secondly…. perez used that word because knowing what a tool will.i.am is, he understood that that slur would really upset him. which to me shows that will.i.am is a goof to be insulted to the point of violence over a word like that. you’re all buying into the way of thinking that being called a “fag” or “faggot” is a BAD thing because being gay is BAD and that it’s a INSULT to be called a faggot. when really, it’s not bad or good. who cares. gay, straight, bi, trans — MEH we’re all just people afterall, right???
    theres no use in comparing african american people saying the N word to eachother to LGBT people calling each other fags. that just upsets people.

    anyways, thats my 2 cents. will.i.am is the hateful person for being offended by that term, which shouldn’t be an offensive or upsetting thing. perez is clever for using a word, which i’m sure people have called him in a derogatory way, to “insult” will.i.am.

    do you really think perez is anti-gay or homophobic?? srsly???

    wrong is wrong, i get it. but who are we to say “no one should use that word ever ever”. what if between friends its acceptable and ok to do that? we can’t judge people who it in normal conversation, nor can they judge those who don’t. let it goooooo

  44. sloppydump

    for #30
    whites can go anywhere? yeah, ok. you just tell yourself that when you go for a stroll down in compton. just see how long your ass survives.
    no jobs have ever been denied us because of race? well some firefighters of new haven conneticut would strongly disagree.
    you have been defeated.

  45. I never realized just how handsome that guy is. After seeing that pick I still haven’t.

  46. alex

    when will this story die? and by story I mean prejudice in general. I love hearing about this jagoff getting his comeuppance especially how a few weeks ago he fancied himself the gay Martin Luther King for bitching about miss California and now a legitimate gay rights group wont even take his money.

  47. azi

    All this drama aside, that is an awesome hairdo Perez!
    Very Neo-Bowie. Love it!

  48. pasteve

    Gay or not, does anybody think this guy is getting any? He’s revolting.

    PH is a provocateur, plain and simple. The best way to deal with him is to ignore him.

  49. Solaera

    Pffft. You kidding? Unless you count Teddy he’s not getting any…gays don’t like the fatties, besides by Mario’s own admission he’s never even had a boyfriend before. Judging by the comments he makes on his blog about young boys he’s a pedo anyway.

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