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Shock blogger Perez Hilton to pen kids’ book
For some conservative activists, the very notion that Mr. Hilton would publish a children’s book is upsetting.
“It is questionable whether adults should have Perez Hilton’s writing inflicted on them, let alone children,” Mr. Sprigg says. “This is a man who vilified Miss California for agreeing with the people of California about marriage; mocked Michael Jackson’s fatal heart failure; falsely reported the death of Fidel Castro; and has been sued for copyright infringement.”
Some suggest that with Mr. Hilton’s children’s book, he might be trying to refurbish his image. “There seems to be something intrinsically benevolent, heartwarming, and endearing about someone who does something for children,” says Phillip Serrato, an assistant professor at San Diego State University who is affiliated with the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. “By writing a book for children, Mr. Hilton could be seen as trying to be and become more than just a snarky cultural commentator.”
Emily Korval, a health care consultant in New York City, agrees that Mr. Hilton is trying to remake his image with this children’s book. But she’s supportive. “He’s taken a strong stance against bullying and realized that he had to change a lot about himself to avoid being a hypocrite,” says Ms. Korval, an avid reader of Mr. Hilton’s website. “The tone of his website is much softer in recent months — he’s avoided the snarky celebrity nicknames, and his posts are much more upbeat and encouraging. As a fan, I’ve really enjoyed the change.”
The Web analytical site Alexa.com reports that perezhilton.com is the 250th most trafficked website in America. Most, according to Alexa.com, are female readers between the ages of 18 and 24.
“If this is the case, it is just not any good for the field of children’s literature” he says. “In the hands of talented authors and illustrators, children’s literature has proven to be the site for different kinds of exciting and powerful work and innovations. It should be respected as such by not only celebrity authors, but also by publishing houses.”
“The Boy With Pink Hair,” with illustrations by Jen Hill, is scheduled to hit bookstores in September.
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