Monday, December 17, 2007


While Gabrielle Union's new movie The Perfect Holiday hit rock bottom in this weekend's final box office sales, netting a measly $3.6 million since opening last Wednesday, the actress extended her cape crusade for celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and once again expressed her disdain and dislike towards Black bloggers who she says post vicious and false truths about her and other Black celebrities. And although she made some really good points, she totally missed the mark when she said Perez never dogs his fellow Latinos. But what I want to know is what's the use of continuing to exert your energy by dwelling on something when you know nine times out of ten nothing's going to change? To each his own. But still...just let it go. She spoke to about it. Check out the excerpt below.

VIBE.COM: In your recent ESSENCE.COM interview, you touched on the media, mainly black-run blogs that spread rumors without checking facts. What can these outlets do differently if they don't have you or any entertainer per se to reach out to correctly?

GABRIELLE UNION: It's like if you wrote for a major newspaper or a major magazine. If you can't substantiate your claims, you don't write them. We don't have enough black voices, [and] we certainly don't have enough people in entertainment who are trying to do good things for our community, so anytime you try to attack someone's character, you negate their voice for all the things that they're trying to do. I come out and speak about African American sexual assault survivors and what we can do to provide support and help to those survivors. I talk about African Americans and breast cancer. But people aren't going to listen to those things if you are spreading lies and rumors, you know what I mean? It kinda negates all the good things that you do. It makes me want to just work harder and do more good, but it's frustrating and it makes a lot of people in my industry say, "Screw it! If I can't even get my own people to listen and not talk ill of me, what hope do I have for mainstream media?"


If you look at what Perez [Hilton] does - and I don't advocate for Perez, you know, he can write hurtful things about a lot of people - but what he does as a man of color, as a Latino, is he never dogs Latinos, ever. He actually breaks artists on his website. They can go from "Who the hell is that?" to Number One on iTunes in a day, just from what he says. So he's trying to uplift his own people. I mean, he dogs everybody else, but as a man of color, I applaud you. I can't dog you for not dogging your own people. He never says anything negative about Latinos, ever, and I just wish that we had more of that kind of "raise up" mentality and pulled each other up instead of dragging each other down.

Especially like... If I got arrested, say whatever you want to say. If I had kids and left them in the car while I partied, or I got out of cabs showing all my private parts, you have every right to dog me. If I came out and dogged my own people, kill me in your blogs. But don't make things up! I do enough, and if you really got spies everywhere you'd know what I was doing, you wouldn't have to make things up. And if you don't know your facts, then just don't print them.


Anonymous said...

She makes a good point. We do need to stop tearing each other down and work on building each other up.

Marcus Langford Is The Name said...

Whatever...she is superstar! Get over it! This is the position that she more or less chose. If anything...just ignore the bloggers and let the ish go!


Kara said...

I agree with the first poster. It's gossip sites like that fake ass who post lies on a daily basis about her and other celebrities give sites like this one, Crunk & Disorderly, YBF and others a black eye.

DEEZEE said...

She needs to be quiet, not a smart move to make these comment around the time of your new movie.

Phylicia said...

If she is really is doing good, she would not have time to read all of the bad press. She would not have time to acknowledge that anyone thinks ill of her. Also, if you are doing good, your efforts speak for themselves. So, shut up Gabby! If you want people to speak well of you, usher it along with reciprocity!

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