Wednesday, October 27

The Galician who makes Hollywood tremble

Pérez Hilton in a video in which he announces his expulsion from TikTok.

Pérez Hilton in a video in which he announces his expulsion from TikTok.

If you happen to say in Los Angeles that you know a certain Mario Lavandeira, nobody will listen to him. But if you clarify that it is the real name of Perez Hilton, the American blogger who reaches millionaire audience levels on the internet by revealing the dirty laundry of the American star system, things change.

Mario Lavandeira, of Galician origin, has made the Hollywood celebrity tremble for years with a blog of shenanigans that raised him to the top of the pink journalism on the net with a media alter ego, Pérez Hilton (obvious play on words in Latin code with the billionaire celebrity Paris Hilton ) that Forbes placed for three years at the top of its list of the most famous characters on the internet, where it reached more than eight million daily visits.

Pérez Hilton, who maintains channels on all social networks, has become even more viral worldwide in recent days by being banned for life from the TikTok platform for his explosive and acid revelations about some stars of the who and music. The blogger has taken this exile with derision and even as a publicity opportunity. “I don’t like being told no, but I also love being the center of attention,” he replied, not before blaming his expulsion on celebrity pressure.

Mario Lavandeira has had in recent years the power to endorse and sink Hollywood careers. There is no famous night out in Hollywood that Pérez Hilton does not know about – and reproduce – instantly on the internet thanks to the web of informants that he has managed to weave and that keeps the slightest slip up to him in real time. “The secret is very simple – affirms the controversial Mario Lavandeira -. I write what many think, but nobody says aloud. I do not shut up when talking about how certain characters drink too much, are promiscuous or deny their own homosexuality (Lavandeira is also a gay icon in Los Angeles). I don’t care if they are such influential characters as Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Kirsten Dunst, Sienna Miller, Cruise or Victoria Beckham (who was publicly caramelized with Lavandeira despite calling her an alien). I’m like Madonna, I don’t care if I offend. ”

Born in Miami in 1978, to Cuban parents and grandparents from A CoruñaMario Lavandeira has traveled to Spain on several occasions since it is his “second preferred country”. He still has a family in Madrid, but on some occasion he took the opportunity to get to know Galicia, which is where “my family came from”: “I no longer have anyone there, I am descended from Coruña emigrants who arrived in Havana at the beginning of the 20th century and managed path in the world of commerce. Later, they went to the United States when Fidel arrived. I was always curious to know my homeland and the Galicia I found was the same as the Cuban writer living in New York Óscar Hijuelos (also from Galician origin) described in the English edition of his novel ‘The kings of the mambo sing love songs: a land of mists and legends.’ But under that aura of mystery, it is a place where people know well how to enjoy themselves “.

The blogger considered the first entirely born influencer on the internet, has published an explosive biography this year, ‘My life in scandal’, in which he traces his controversial media career since 2004, when his blog earned the label of “the most hated in Hollywood.” The book promises to become a cult object for fans of film mecca gossip, there are even many who compare it to the classic Hollywood Babylon, written in the 1950s by journalist Kenneth Anger. In these years, Lavandeira has maintained countless lawsuits with celebrities, such as with the actors Colin Farrel or Isaiah Washington, whom he managed to temporarily remove from the series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ after revealing his homophobic comments in privacy. He had a unique love-hate relationship with many of these celebrities. This is the case of Britney Spears, who also took him to court, but who previously opened the concerts of her ‘Circus’ tour with an irreverent video of Lavandeira disguised as Queen Elizabeth. Or Lady Gaga, who for years was his inseparable friend and who is now not spoken to.

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