There’s no doubt Perez Hilton‘s left an indelible – and, at times, irritating – mark on popular culture. In addition to his staggeringly successful blog, the shit-stirrer recently landed a VH1 reality show, appeared on The View and received a “surprise” visit from Victoria Beckham. So, how does Hilton, born Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr, stay humble? He doesn’t.

In addition to comparing himself to another barbed tongue queen, Madonna, Hilton tells NY Times‘ Mireya Navarro that he’s his own publicity machine:

When I go to parties people recognize me and that’s another contact, another tool in my bag of tricks. I don’t even have a publicist. I work it.

Sure, it’s really tempting to hate Hilton, but the article does shed a bit more light on his past, including the trauma he endured as a portly pansy in Catholic school and the sudden death of his father.

Perhaps it’s his father’s demise that has led Hilton to expand his empire: his mama and big sister recently joined his team. While some would love to see Perez Hilton and his website go belly up, it’s not looking good.

Sorry, haters, Hilton seems to be here to stay. Whether he stays on top remains to be seen. Personally, we’ve always taken him to be a bottom.

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