Perez Hilton loses advertiser

The gossip blogger could face more than legal woes after posting an upskirt photo of Miley Cyrus

Published June 17, 2010 2:30PM (EDT)

It isn't just legal punishment that Perez Hilton has to worry about. Even if he evades child pornography charges for tweeting an upskirt shot of Miley Cyrus, there is the threat of a business backlash -- and one advertiser seems to be leading the way. 

MSNBC's "Today Show" reports that ABC Daytime pulled a banner ad for "The View" from the blogger's website. "It's not a matter of whether you like [Perez] or not, it has to do with the morality of the issue. Miley is a minor, period. There are ethics involved in running an ad on a site that potentially violated the rights of a minor, and that is what the conversation is about at the network level," an anonymous ABC source said.

It's funny to think that an upskirt shot of a not-quite-legal starlet is enough to offend the sensibilities of major advertisers, but Hilton's signature semen scribbles and slut-shaming is not. Regardless, depriving him of precious ad dollars seems far more appropriate than throwing the book at him, especially given the severity of child porn laws. 

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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