Hollywood is no stranger to controversy, but producer John Palermo took it too far this week when he posted a series of rude, racist remarks on his Facebook page. Palermo, who was once Hugh Jackman's partner and produced films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, called out Kanye West, Anderson Cooper and TV host Julie Chen in his bigoted commentary on pop culture and entertainment news.
"There goes the neighborhood!!!" the Los Angeles native posted upon reading that Kim Kardashian and West had purchased a mansion in tony Bel-Air. "It looks like a Poor Persian Palace, where's Kris Jenner when you need her?! #MoneyCantBuyADumbN****Class"
In response to an article about Anderson Cooper attending the opening of his boyfriend's gay bar, he simply typed: "#SmellsLikeLubeAndHIV."
Of Julie Chen, the Chinese-American daytime talk show host, who is married to CBS chief Les Moonves and recently admitted having eyelid surgery to help her career, he wrote: "I'm crazy about Julie Chen!!! Now that her eyes are finally open, she should leave Monster Moonves."
Palermo's Facebook page has since been taken down, but the producer isn't keeping a low profile in the wake of the controversy. Instead, he is doubling down on his comments, claiming they were made to raise awareness about prejudice in Hollywood: "Maybe people [who take offense] will look in the mirror and say, ‘When was the last time I called Les Moonves and asked for an African-American to play opposite me?'"
The producer's last major film credit was 2012's Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, and he claims to now be taking a "sabbatical" from his career. We'd like to think that with views like these, he'll never work in this town again.
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