People’s attitude to gossip is determined by their culture, famed blogger and columnist Perez Hilton said.
In Anglo-American, the word “gossip” had negative connotations, he told Stephen Sackur, on the BBC News program Hardtalk.
“In England gossip is not as common or even celebrated as much as in Latin culture,” he said.
“But it’s not as frowned upon as in the United States by Americans.”
Hilton, real name Mario Lavandeira, started his gossip blog in 2005.
In a recently published autobiography, he writes: “I have a ton of regrets, mostly because now I see that I never needed to be this mean or cruel.”
Watch the full interview Monday, November 2, 2020 on BBC World News or try again on BBC iPlayer (UK only).