Perez Hilton and Donald Trump Are Both Men
Many liberal minded people believe that women and gay men are natural allies. I don’t see how gay men are any more feminist than liberal-minded heterosexual men. If anything, I feel comfortable saying that they both are equally sexist/misogynist. It is just their sexism is manifested in different ways.
Of course Donald Trump was not going to strip Miss California of her title, Donald Trump is a patriarch. In other words, he is a sexist. Without examining his personal life, one just has to watch him interact with female apprentice candidates on that stupid show he used to peacock about to determine what he thinks of women.
Since all the players have been white and/or white identified (if you want to get nit-picky about exactly what Perez Hilton may or may not be, he is white-identified, thus white for this deconstruction), racism and classism cannot distract you from seeing the clear cut sexist facts in this latest manufactured drama.
Donald Trump hates women. He demonstrates this by being head poo-bah in charge of the of the let’s view women as fuckable brigade. In his world, women are objects for male pleasure. Female value is determined by which woman is most feminine/the most fuckable. By Trump’s rulebook, Miss California did absolutely nothing wrong. Breast implants are to the benefit of men. Posing nude or partially nude is to the benefit of men. Competing in a pageant that sanctions the parading of a female body is to the benefit of men. Advocating heterosexual marriage is to the benefit of men. As a woman in the patriarchy, Miss California did her duty to the best of her ability.
Perez Hilton hates women. He demonstrates this by making money off celebrity gossip, –the very industry that unapologetically view women as fuckable objects. (He exploits the popularity of Paris Hilton’s name, FFS. His real name is Mario Armando Lavandeira ). Perez Hilton homosexuality does not make him an automatic ally to women. He uses misogyny to further his agenda; the gay males should have equal access to exploiting women as heterosexual males do agenda. Yes, some could argue that the use of word gay is meant to include lesbians, but, in reality, we all know the Perez Hiltons’ of the world only care about gay men. And some can stretch what I am saying and claim it is anti-gay. Not at all. Perez Hilton simply wants to be equal to heterosexual men, and if that goal is achieved at the expense of women, so be it.
Instead of taking on patriarchal institutions, Perez Hilton used an opportunity to spew venom at a woman. More than likely, he knew what her answer would be. Nothing Miss California said or did is worse than what Donald Trump says and does daily. Her agency in a patriarchy is limited; Trump’s and Hilton’s agency is not limited. Why didn’t Hilton go after Trump? After all, Trump says and does everything Miss California said and did, except he has power and money behind his words and actions. Yet, Perez Hilton chose a woman as his target. Why?
So how are Trump and Hilton different? They aren’t. They are both misogynists. And anyone who condemns Miss California’s tool-ness instead of questioning Trump’s and Hilton’s sexism/misogyny should perhaps examine his or her own misogyny first.