US: TV station drops Paris Hilton documentary following AIDS remarks

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The US cable channel, Logo, has dropped a 2007 documentary about Paris Hiton from its schedule, because of the controversial remarks she made in the back of a cab about gay men and AIDS.

The hotel chain heiress issued a lengthy public apology after she was secretly recorded making homophobic comments to a gay friend in a taxi, but not before a recording of the conversation ended up online.

During the conversation, in which a man is heard logging on to gay dating app Grindr, Hilton says:

“Ewwww…gay guys are the horniest people in the world…they’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS…I would be so scared if I was a gay guy…you’ll like, die of AIDS.

After the private conversation was reported by US media, a representative for Hilton released a statement saying: “Paris Hilton’s comments were to express that it is dangerous for anyone to have unprotected sex that could lead to a life threatening disease”.

The Hollywood Reporter said that, despite the apology the comments were the reason for the cancellation by Logo, owned by Viacom’s music division. In the apology,  Ms Hilton said, in the apology issued to GLAAD:

“Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know. It is so wrong when people bully or put down others for being gay. No one should have to go through that.”

The taxi driver who recorded the comments was driving Ms Hilton and her friend between two Fashion Week parties, sold them to Radar Online.