StickyDrama was among the billions who watched spellbound as news of Michael Jackson’s death dominated the networks.
Less discussed in the media—not at all, really—has been an insensitive blog post by Perez Hilton. When the news first reported something was wrong, all the networks simply reported that Mr. Jackson had “collapsed” and had been “hospitalized.” News of his death came hours later. Perez initially posted that Jackson was probably faking an illness in order to avoid the obligations of his upcoming tour:
Perez must have realized this was a bad move, because as the news began reporting the gravity of Jackson’s situation, Perez removed the offending text and replaced it with … well, less offending bullshit.
Perez’s readers turned on him. While that happens in all Perez’s posts, in this case the moral outrage was especially intense. Other minor celebrities weighed in on the drama, with Tila Tequilla in particular condemning Perez’s insensitive allegations.
Tila herself started a movement on Twitter, asking her followers to unfollower Perez. Later, Twitter removed the feature; according to Tila, this was done at Perez’s request. Perez brings more traffic to Twitter than Tila, and supposedly was able to compel Twitter to do as he wished.
For our part, StickyDrama has no problem with insensitivity. But we do have a problem with hypocrisy. If Perez wanted to bash on Michael, fine; but he should have the courage to own up to his original post, and not conceal it.