There has been recent media buzz about Khloe Kardashian calling out the widely hated celebrity blogger and TV personality, Perez Hilton regarding the new “It Gets Better” campaign project.
But before we dive into what happened with Khloe and Perez, let’s start at the beginning.
The “It Gets Better” campaign was created by sex advice columnist, Dan Savage (who is gay himself) to support the LGBT youth community.The project began in September in a response to the many recent teen suicides across the nation due to bullying and harassment because of their homosexuality.
Basically, the project is a compilation of YouTube videos that anyone can make, sharing their personal story or just giving their support to bullied youths, stressing to them that “it gets better” and that there is hope in their future.
A lot of celebrities, gay and straight, have participated in the project such as Anne Hathaway, Ke$ha, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn who admits he was a suicidal teen, Jenny McCarthy, Kristin Cavallari, Eve, Jason Derulo, Adam Lambert and last but not least, the infamous celebrity gossiper and openly gay, Perez Hilton.
Perez, who has been very involved in the project confesses that he was also a suicidal teenager and was bullied because of his homosexuality. He recently asked Khloe Kardashian to participate in the videos and show her support. However, Khloe admits that she was very reluctant to do so.
This past week on her blog, Khloe posted a video explaining that Perez has personally bullied her in the past and has given her low self-esteem at times by criticizing her appearance and has been a celebrity bully himself.
She says that she has always been compared to her sisters and has been insecure because she is bigger and physically different. She explains in her video:
I’ve always struggled with my weight, I’ve always struggled with my height, with my hair color, with my skin color… and Perez is a major factor (of bullying) in my adult life…Perez has given me the nickname of a transvestite… writing ‘fugly’ on my face – things that are very hurtful to me. I believe in freedom of speech and I believe in doing your own thing, but I also believe you should treat others how you wanna be treated.
She thought it might be hypocritical of her to participate in an anti-bullying campaign at the request of someone who has bullied her so much in the past that at times she didn’t even want to go out in public in fear of the paparazzi snapping a bad photo and Perez criticizing it on his website the next day. Khloe says:
Forget my childhood, forget that now as an adult I thought, you know, bullying would be done, but, in my world it’s not done …. I live in a world where there’s magazines and blogs, and people feel like they are allowed to criticize me, and in the meanest way.
However, after seeing Perez’s interview on the Ellen DeGeneres show last week, Khloe decided to participate in the “It Gets Better” campaign and give Perez a second chance.
During the interview Perez vowed that he is going to stop being so negative and hurtful towards celebrities.
Khloe admits in her video post that if she didn’t have a strong support group of friends and family that she could see why a person who is forced to deal with bullying may think that life will never get better. She stressed in her video that a person needs to ignore bullies because life is about more than that. Khloe also apologizes for taking so long to make this video. She explains that she does want to help in this movement, but that she was just struggling with these personal issues.
Khloe made a great PR move by making this moving video. She opened up to her fans admitting her insecurities and her reasons for being hesitant in participating in such a great campaign. Had she not spoken out at all, her fans might have questioned or criticized her if they found out about Perez’s request.
Luckily, she was smart about the PR aspect of this decision. She posted the video on her blog and linked it to her Twitter where she knew her most loyal fans would see it.
Her followers, like her other two famous sisters, also tweeted about Khloe’s video prompting even more people to see it. (Yes, I admit I follow all three Kardashians on Twitter.) Her fans left hundreds of comments on her video saying how much they loved and supported her and her message and she thanked them in a later tweet.
Khloe’s video let fans see and respect a different and more vulnerable side of her character. Her audience is used to the sarcastic, sassy, smart-mouthed Khloe, but her video portrayed her character in a completely different light. Posting this video and having this conversation with her fans is terrific for her public persona, but it also brings attention to a great cause, that at the moment really needs it. In my opinion, this is PR at its finest. Let’s hope more celebs will try to Keep Up With Khloe during this time.