But Perez tells me that, in the heat of the moment that night, he almost chose to use a different word. "I thought about calling him the n word," he says over the phone a week after the incident, "but I thought the f word was even worse. I was so filled with hate at that moment because I was hated on so much, and I reacted in the worst way possible. Then I went on to make a bunch of other mistakes. I shouldn't have made the video. I shouldn't have released so many statements. But what's come out of all of this is that I've learned so much about myself, and I'm in a much better place. I'm actually thankful that it happened.
You know, I just gotta say that the people who thought that the campaign Hilton led against Isaiah Washington last year to get him fired from Grey's Anatomy for calling someone a "faggot" was at least a little bit motivated by racism all turned out to be right. Hilton obviously doesn't care if people throw around "faggot" as an insult.
And while Hilton says that he's not intellectual enough to keep from calling people "faggot," he's most likely just a terrible human being.