Last month Equality California told longtime gay activist Dustin Lance Black he shouldn’t attend a private Harvey Milk Day party at Sharon Osbourne’s home because Perez Hilton, the Internet stain, would be attending, and those two aren’t on very good terms. This celebrated “gay activist,” who should be criticized by GLAAD more often than he’s lauded by Gay Inc., just posted upskirt photos of Miley Cyrus without any underwear on. Miley Cyrus is 17-years-old.
The most basic rules of child pornogrpahy laws stipulate it is a crime to manufacture, possess, or distribute X-rated media in a sexual manner of persons under 18. Mr. Hilton, real name Mario Lavandeira, did just that this morning via Twitter: “If you are easily offended, do NOT click here http://i46.tinypic.com/2zre4pv.jpg Oh, Miley! Warning: truly not for the easily offended!” Also: If you are easily fearful of running afoul of federal law, do NOT click here.
While the current debate about “harmless” transmission of underage photos revolves around teen sexting, let’s be very clear: what the blogger did is not the same thing. He is a 32-year-old adult man with reported millions of daily followers, and untold numbers of them are tweenage and teenage girls — now being told by a reprehensible gay man that their unprotected underage genitals are fair game on the Internet.
They are not. And no matter what you think about Miley Cyrus — nor how sexualized she and her handlers make her — neither are hers. Mr. Hilton has a well-documented hatefest going on with Ms. Cyrus, but this is inexcusable.
Salon raises the possibility the photo may have been Photoshopped, but censored versions of the photo posted online suggest otherwise. (I haven’t seen the uncensored version, nor do I care to, so I can’t weigh in with any first-hand knowledge.) But criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Douglas explains that even if the photo is a fake, it’s still child porn to promote it. And thus, a crime may have been committed today by a well-known gay man, and he should be held accountable.