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Perez Hilton on the Heath Video
Posted by: Jett
Friday, February 1, 2008

10:28 AM TEXAS TIME: If you haven’t noticed, I chose not to acknowledge ANY of the smut that’s been whispered about Heath Ledger ever since his untimely and tragic death. The bottom line is that the dude has passed away and he’s got a lot of family and friends grieving right now -- including me and Batman Nation.

One particular thing that I found tremendously despicable is the video of Heath at a Hollywood party a few years ago. For one thing, to whomever sold it to that entertainment “news” TV program (I refuse to mention them on BOF), you certainly have reserved a first-class ticket to hell. Enjoy Hades you degenerate.

Additionally, I will never watch that show (I’m still not mentioning them) again. Props to the entertainment community for taking it to those folks and pressuring them not to show that crap. The fact that they were going to show that speaks volumes about their ethics.

Anyway, I read a blurb on PEREZHILTON.COM saying that the video that “that show” intended to air, would not be shown in its entirety as to give a skewed and negative view of Heath. Here’s a very telling excerpt from the website:

“However, we're told that many are still upset because [those shows] made it seem like Heath was doing drugs in the video.

He was not, a person who has seen the full clip tells us.

Additionally, when the shows aired a preview of the video, they showed a clip of Ledger saying, ‘I used to smoke five joints a day for 20 years.’

However, what they didn't show you was that afterwards, he said , ‘and that's why I got this tattoo [an M, for daughter Matilda] to remind me never to smoke weed again.’”

So the next time you’re channel surfing, make sure to skip right on past “that show.”

Anything for the almighty ratings boost.


UPDATED (2/2/08): I read came across THIS STORY AT NEWS.COM.AU which shed even more light on this situation. Check this out:

It was revealed...that some of Hollywood's biggest stars were behind a campaign to force ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT to dump a video of Ledger discussing drugs at a party. The video was an attempted sting by paparazzi.

The stars included Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robin Williams, Sean Penn, Tobey Maguire, Mike Myers, Jennifer Hudson, Katie Holmes, Ellen DeGeneres and Ledger's Brokeback co-star, Jake Gyllenhaal.

The tabloid TV show claimed it had decided to pull the clip "out of respect for Heath Ledger's family" but the real reason was a threatened boycott by a galaxy of stars.

, Among the celebrities who contacted Entertainment Tonight to complain were Natalie Portman and Sarah Jessica Parker. Public relations firms representing Sean Penn, Mike Myers and Jake Gyllenhaal also registered their dismay at plans to air the video.

To all those folks, bravo!

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