Celebrity personality Paris Hilton said she was sorry on Sept. 20 for saying gay men are “disgusting” and “probably had AIDS” in a private taxi cab conversation in New York City.
“I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families,” Hilton said in apology she released through the national Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know.”
Hilton’s public apology came on the same day that an audio recording of her talking about gay men cycled on the Web, along with various no-budget, video re-enactments.
Hilton was in a cab early on Sept. 7 – during New York fashion week – and riding with a gay male model, according to RadarOnline. The man was showing Hilton the Grindr iPhone app where men can connect with other men.
The man told Hilton, “Say I log into Grindr, someone that’s on Grindr can be in that building and it tells you all the locations of where they are and you can be like, ‘Yo, you wanna f—k?’ and he might be on like, the sixth floor.”
Hilton answers, “Ewww! Gay guys are the horniest people in the world. They’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS. ... I would be so scared if I were a gay guy. You’ll like, die of AIDS.”
Hilton’s publicist responded to the first cycle of news of the audio by saying she was expressing a concern about unsafe sex, not disparaging gays, because she would never purposefully make any negative statements about anyone’s sexual orientation.”
Hilton said the tape was a private conversation with a friend and “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.”