Blogger and gossipmonger Perez Hilton is known for stirring the pot — it’s kind of what he does. But that doesn’t mean that the stars he targets with his often-cruel brand of media have to just sit there and take it.
The latest to push back — and in doing so, earn even more of our respect — is Lena Dunham. Evidently, Hilton took issue with the outfit the Girls‘ star wore to the Human Rights Campaign Dinner on Saturday, posting this to his @CocoPerez Instagram account:
Um, taking a jab at one of the most quick witted women in the biz, on a night dedicated to equality and acceptance no less, is maybe not the best move. Sure enough, Dunham wasn’t having any of it, posting her reply right in the comments section of the post.
“I try at a lot of things. Mostly I try at being a writer, director, actor, activist, friend, sibling, partner, godmother…Fashion is fun but sometimes I’d rather not spend 3 hours and lots of cash I could give to charity or spend on books and food to get ready to go out. There’s a lotta different ways to be a public figure and I think there’s room for us to occasionally show up in public like normal people do. When I look at that picture you subjected to “caption this” criticism, I see a day well-spent writing, reading, having tea with a friend. It’s unfortunate that the days you approve of most are the ones where I’m spending the least time on what really matters.”
Boom! You go girl!
We try to echo Dunham’s sentiments every day. This is the age of body positivity, inclusivity, and freedom to be you, but there are still those who make their money by judging people who aren’t ‘being themselves’ correctly.
The best part of the comment is the final line: “With love, Lena.”
Dunham is all class, choosing to use her passion and intelligence to combat the snide remarks typical of Mr. Hilton.
Perez then replied from his other account, @theperezhilton, offering up what might be described as an apology:
“Well-said. And the “fill in the blank” wasn’t a criticism on my part. Neither was this post,” he writes.
While we’re not sure that this absolves the dirty deed, it does show that he’s listening and at least has enough respect to respond.
Will this kind of honest and well-articulated response from a star deter Perez from posting mean attacks on Hollywood’s finest in the future? Probably not, but we admire every star who stands up to this bullying behaviour.