Here’s the thing: I probably shouldn’t admit to reading any kind of celebrity gossip rag, but the truth is, I’m kind of obsesssed. Not in the way you might think, however: my favorite stories are usually the really positive ones, of people doing good things or getting successful or being happy. Either way, I happen to read Perez Hilton like it’s my job.
But this wasn’t always the case: for a good 3 year or so period (I think it was about 3 years, may have been longer) I boycotted Perez Hilton. Like, seriously. I would never go on the site, didn’t read his Twitter, and even told people I knew not to visit the blog. Why? Well, I was angry about the fact that I thought Perez was one thing, plain and simple: a big bully. Not only did he frequently report on the most negative news he could find, but he also relished calling people names, drawing on their faces, and making fun of everyone and everything that had the misfortune of crossing his path.
But then, something incredible, that gave me faith in the human race (or at least, in Jennifer Aniston) happened: Aniston famously called out Perez for his hypocritical ways. Perez had been trying to call attention to the gay bullying issue and trying to prevent it from spreading and Aniston made him realize that he was part of the problem: he was famous for hatred.
In the most humble way imaginable, Perez realized she was right. Nearly overnight, he changed the entire tone of his website from one of bullying to one of simple celeb gossip. It can definitely be argued whether the latter is a good thing on its own, but the point is this: even being as well-known as he was, Perez wasn’t too big to hear some criticism, realize it was true and drastically change his behavior.
We can all learn a little from Perez Hilton: add some humility, a touch of grace and the desire to change to your life and watch the positivity start rolling in.