X-Men producer jokes ‘#SmellsLikeLubeAndHIV’ at CNN gay partner’s bar

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John Palermo, the movie producer behind ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ and ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’, has refused to apologise for referring to Anderson Cooper’s partner in a derogatory fashion on Facebook.

The former business partner of Hugh Jackman recently posted a homophobic slur about the CNN presenter attending his boyfriend’s bar opening in New York City, Palmero wrote on Facebook: “#SmellsLikeLubeAndHIV.”

He also made several racist remarks. “I’m crazy about Julie Chen!!!” he said following the American Big Brother presenter’s revelation that she had undergone eye surgery in order to work in US television. “Now that her eyes are finally open, she should leave Monster Moonves [Leslie Moonves, her husband, and president of American network CBS],” Palmero added.

When it emerged that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had moved to Bel-Air, he said: “There goes the neighborhood!!! It looks like a Poor Persian Palace, where’s Kris Jenner when you need her?! #MoneyCantBuyADumbN****Class.”

On Thursday, the 34-year-old refused to apologise for his remarks. He told E! News: “Ever since the Emmys I have cancelled my Facebook account because it is so easy for things to be misread,” adding to The Hollywood Report: “I stopped caring about what Hollywood thinks of me years ago. I’ve got nothing to lose, nothing to gain. I’m a bored dude, unemployed, sitting at home in the Valley. For me, some of the best ways to overcome serious issues is to laugh about them. Because then you truly understand where that ignorance is coming from.”