America's Moral Decay Watch: Perez Hilton, Children's Book Author

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March 30 2011 10:07 AM

America's Moral Decay Watch: Perez Hilton, Children's Book Author

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Perez Hilton has apparently inked a deal for a children's book, suggesting he might be about to join a pantheon of greats that includes Glenn Beck, Sarah Ferguson, and Madonna. Celebrities (or maybe we should say notorieties) who've written children's books? Yes, but more importantly: celebrities who've written really bad children's books. (The awful truth is that of those above, Glenn Beck's is the best of the lot.)

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Julie Andrews writes charming if slightly maudlin children's books-my taste ran in that direction as a kid, and I loved Mandy long before I realized who'd written it. I find Jamie Lee Curtis' work a bit on the didactic side for reading aloud, but it's a fault she shares with many a fellow author, and I wouldn't throw a book like Today I Feel Silly off the shelves. But Perez's earlier work suggests that, in spite of the appealing title, The Boy With Pink Hair is more likely to induce a wince than a smile, and the book's alleged message, "Believe in yourself," does seem a tad inconsistent coming from a someone who, as Jezebel's Tracy Egan Morrissey put it,  made a name for himself by "making fun of other people's bodies and being an overall cruel bastard." Ooh, sounds like a fantastic role model for the whole family.

But for an overall response to the idea of Perez's book, I have to say that Jezebel commenter Dilly Dalai put words to my own initial reaction: "I misread that as 'Paris Hilton to Publish Children's Book' ... and #therealityisnotmuchbetter."

Photograph of Perez Hilton by Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images.

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