Outing People

In the case of outing celebrities I can see both sides, though one is more clear than the other. On the one hand, a celebrity is a public figure who makes money off his or her popularity with the general public. If he or she is seen smooching someone of the same sex in a public place, that, like any other juicy bit of their personal life, is going to be published.
When Lance Bass was seen with his boyfriend, practically making out, and photographed doing it, his expectation of privacy went out the window. But it did back when he made money from his boy band. But it's also not news to me.

But the other side of the coin is that it really isn't anyone's business. Perez Hilton, the self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media” chose to focus all his attention on outing Lance, and he defended that decision in an interview with MSNBC and CNN then defended himself on his blog.

Perez is a young, gay public figure who became famous by taking on alter ego based on the name Paris Hilton, then publishing dirty gossip about well-known people on the Internet. His choice to come out was his own.

Lance's choice to publicly come out was because his mother, a strict Southern Baptist, had seen photos of him with Reichen, online, thanks to Perez.

It's a connundrum. As far as I'm concerned, it's your business. But when you're a public figure and you're homosexual, there are a lot of other gay people who could benefit from your honesty and lack of fear. But how is that your responsibility? It's Lance's choice to be a singer/dancer/whatever he is. It's also his choice if he doesn't want to tell everyone in the world who he's boinking. It was his choice to be in the clean-cut, all-American boy band N*Sync. And, if I'm not mistaken, he was a Disney kid, too. So if he wanted to be a public representation of a homosexual maybe he'd have chosen to take things in a different direction? Perhaps the influence from his religious family kept him on that track.

All I know is, Perez Hilton is to blame for Lance's outing. Without Perez's watchful eye Lance Bass may not have come out at all. And who really benefitted from that anyway?


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