Perez Hilton is not shy when it comes to controversy.
On Sunday, the celebrity gossip blogger said in a video posted on his website that he wouldn’t be enrolling his 5-year-old son in dance class, due to the fact that “50 per cent or more of little boys who take dance class end up being gay.”
“I don’t think that’s a homophobic thing to say,” Hilton stated. “Just like I don’t think it’s a homophobic thing to say that a disproportionate amount of male singer/actor/dancers on Broadway are gay. There are more gay men drawn to that profession. That’s not homophobic, that’s just a fact.”
Last week, the 40-year-old, who believes he was born gay, said on his podcast that he’d prefer his son, Mario, to grow up straight because it’s “easier.”
“Ultimately, every decision I make for my son is what I think is best for his future. I don’t want to do anything that could potentially hurt him,” he said. “If he really wanted to take dance class, which he hasn’t expressed that, if he begged and pleaded and I saw that that would make him truly happy, I would do that.
Hilton, who is a father to 2-year-old Mia and 5-month old Mayte, explained that no matter what Mario grows up to be, he will continue to show his love and support.
“If my son turns out to be gay, or if he’s already gay but not able to articulate that yet because he’s only 5, I will love my son unconditionally and support him. If my son is transgender, I will love him and support him unconditionally.”
People were quick to respond with feelings about Hilton’s video on social media.