Khloe Kardashian calls out Perez Hilton as her 'personal bully'
Why the delay? She didn't know if it would be hypocritical to make an anti-bullying message at the request of a man whom she says has repeatedly bullied her -- a man whose presence online sometimes made her reluctant to go out at all, she says, for fear of bad pictures showing up the next day with cruel words like "tranny" and "fugly" scribbled over her face.
"Perez Hilton asked me himself to do this video, and he's doing such an amazing thing by getting all these celebs to speak up to people -- but, for me, Perez has been my personal bully," Kardashian says in the video posted on her blog (see it embedded below).
The 5-foot-10 member of the Kardashian clan speaks of a lifetime of being compared unfavorably to her famous sisters -- taller, bigger, lighter-skinned.
But, she says, "Forget my childhood, forget that now as an adult I thought, you know, bullying would be done, but, in my world it's not done .... I live in a world where there's magazines and blogs, and people feel like they are allowed to criticize me, and in the meanest way." Hilton's words have given license to his followers and commenters to jump on the bashing bandwagon, she said.
"I've been around you in person," she says, directing her words to Perez, "and you're sweet, funny, I don't know, just, sometimes you say some really hurtful things."
Still, she says, she fully believes in second chances, even third chances. And that's why she finally made the video, which is spurring her commenters to say things like, "I see myself in you" and "You spoke the truth."
That's a few beautiful steps up from fugly.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Khloe Kardashian arrives at Tao nightclub in Las Vegas on Oct. 15, 2010, to celebrate her sister Kim's 30th birthday. Credit: Jacob Andrzejczak / Getty Images