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Criss Angel Starts Gay Bashing At Believe

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This certainly won't help his ticket sales, unless he's looking to fill the seats with insensitive assholes!

We've just gotten word that earlier this month, there was an incident at Criss Angel's Vegas gig that pissed off a lot of people. During one of his Cirque De Soleil performances, Angel performed a trick in which he asked an audience member to think of a word as he would read the person's mind.

Whether the trick is conjured by the use of a paid actor or actual magical skill doesn't really matter. Either way, the word "read" from the participant's thoughts that evening sent some of the company into an angry rage.

The phrase, which was theatrically written out in huge lettering on banner for the entire audience to see, was "faggot."

According to the source, the incident offended several of his dancers, who demanded that he apologize for his ignorance. True to form, he refused and as we understand it, the dancers went to the Cirque management and announced they were considering a walk out.

As for Cirque management, they claimed the audience member was British and meant cigarettes. How convenient- a scenario that doesn't require Criss to apologize.

The company released this official statement in regards to the incident:

“On December 10, an inappropriate word was selected by an audience member as part of the premonition illusion in CRISS ANGEL Believe. It was made clear to the audience that the word is not one that is used or condoned by Criss Angel or any of the artists in the show, and the emphasis on the word was deflected during the illusion. Audience members are typically not pre-briefed as to the words they can use. Since the occurrence, a protocol has been put in place in case the situation should reoccur.”

Once again, Criss Angel proves himself to be an ignorant coward and it seems his new home at Cirque is just where he belongs, since they seem to be as ignorant as he.

[Image via WENN.]

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96 comments to “Criss Angel Starts Gay Bashing At Believe

  1. 1

    who fucking cares? stop trying to censor people.

  2. 2

    Oh, please. All his jewelry, his lisp, his make up and all the countless pictures he's taken with his shirt off leering into the camera? Come out, come out wherever you are Criss Angel, lol.

  3. 3

    Um, hello….It was the person in the audience's word, not his. Why are so many people looking to be offended all the time. Be angry at the guy in the audience, not Chris. Idiots!

  4. 4

    Well, if the man was British, this could have been a harmless faux pas.

    Anyway, the management has since changed their policies. In other words, it's been dealt with.

  5. 5

    uh, isnt that word a part of your vocab, Perez?

  6. 6

    that sucks

  7. 7


  8. 8

    If that was just the word that the audience member thought, Criss A. could have made a joke about it and said, "Sorry buddy, I can't use that word. Try another one."

  9. 9

    Isn't that the same word that so easily flew out of your mouth this year when you were in a rage?

  10. ap076 says – reply to this


    I did not know anything about this part as stated in the source article sited:
    Criss Angel’s “Believe” at Luxor is widely agreed to be the WORST big ticket show on the Strip…. So far Angel’s highlights in Vegas include THREATENING to poke out the eye of one local journalist and EXPLODING FROM THE STAGE AT BLOGGER PEREZ HILTON. The Hilton incident resulted in an APOLOGY to the blogger from both Cirque and Luxor. But noticeably Angel did not express apology or regret.

  11. 11

    Perez, have you ever heard the saying "Ye who lives in glass houses shouldn't throw stones"? Maybe you should look into that. Just sayin'

  12. 12


  13. 13

    Criss Angel is a douchebag. Nuff said.

  14. 14

    Isn't that what you called Will I Am?

  15. 15

    hmm, seems to me i've heard that word somewhere before…..just can't remember where….

  16. ap076 says – reply to this


    Also noted in the source article cited by Perez:
    Angel’s version of the trick, according to one source who used to be involved in the show, from the start had a lot less grace than (say) Penn & Teller’s take: “He [Angel] would always prep the random person by asking for ‘no bad words.’ I don’t know if he still does this.” As a side note, when you consider that a “random” person is “prepped” at all you get an idea of the limits of Angel’s skills on stage when compared to his peers. Plants are much easier when they are paid actors working in harmony with television editing.

  17. 17

    I'm starting to like Criss.

  18. 18

    He was put in a tough situation. That trick involves the use of a computer, and I'm pretty sure it just writes out whatever the audience member says. The audience member says the word before it is written out. So if anyone should be attacked, it should be the audience member who thought it up.

  19. 19

    This guys a waste of skin….

  20. 20

    Don't worry your pretty little head, Perez. Criss Angel's Believe is a joke anyway and nobody who sees it has anything good to say anyway…..

  21. ap076 says – reply to this


    This whole thing is just wrong. If the person in the audience was British, at all, he could have written cigarette on the banner instead. Also most Brits I know will refer to f ags or use the term cigarette. I honesty have not heard the term f aggot in reference to smoking.
    I think this was all a PUBLICITY STUNT for an ailing show but Angel choose to use a hate term because that is the piece of shit he is. No apology proffered is just the final insult.

  22. 22

    OMG Perez is outraged, even though he used that word to insult will.i.am.

  23. 23


  24. Heidi says – reply to this


    Aren't you being a bit of a hypocrite, Perez? While I am in NO WAY defending Criss Angel, you yourself called someone the same word knowing it was the worst thing you could say to him. Hmmmm….

  25. 25

    I can't understand why anyone would pay one dime to see Criss Angel ..
    Nothing magical about him.

  26. 26

    I went to see this douche's show in Vegas in Sept and we heard and saw some of Criss's people pick the "random" person who had to think of the word. Using that word was not an accident… plus his show sucked!

  27. 27

    Uh, you're kidding right Mario? Being that you've used the word yourself? Very publicly? And were called out for it?

    Not that you (or your staff that writes this blog under your name) is actually going to read this. But just saying. This is the pot calling the kettle black. People in glass houses throwing stones. Etc. Otherwise known as being hypocritical.

  28. 28

    Where have I heard that offense word before, hmmmmmm does Wil I Am come to mind?

  29. 29

    nah perez…you have no right to be offended by the use of that word anymore…

    ill be supportive if this was a post by GLAAD.. but you've proved to be an IGNORANT COWARD too in this scenerio

    so plz save us the cries

  30. amish says – reply to this


    I BELIEVE he is the DOUCHEBAG he APPEARS to be (Ed Hardy type douchebag)!

  31. 31

    I would of taken this story seriously If it wasn't that your wide load of an ass had said the word itself, and never made an real apology to the gay community, so in other words shut up.

  32. 32

    How is it his fault that the audience member is an idiot?? …god I hate these witch hunts of yours Mario…..ridiculous and pointless

  33. 33

    …lose the hat. happy New Year.

  34. 34

    ah yes, such a hypocrite perez. i actually think it is more shameful that you used that word since you are an openly gay man. you are a disgrace to the gay community and i really wish you would stop talking about a cause that you clearly don't support evidenced by your own choice of words. you are making the rest of us look bad.

  35. 35

    Mario, your so full of righteous indignation about this. So easily offended? One set of rules for you and one set of rules for the rest of us. Let's not re-write your history shall we.

  36. 36

    Political correctness IS the REASON why there will never be equality for anyone! As long as everyone is so UPTIGHT about words and can't just laugh it off…. as long as everyone keeps suing everyone for using words rather than being able to laugh at ourselves…. there will ALWAYS be animosity and hatred. LEARN people, what's going on now ISN'T WORKING. As a white, blonde woman I've been called derogatory names my entire life… I've been judged and treated unfairly…. my answer? …I shake my head and walk away. Usually that's the end of it… no one can make you stay and listen…and NO ONE can take away who you are. HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEARS EVE EVERYONE!!!!!!!

  37. 37

    YOU have used the same word- remember Perez? You are such a hypocrite. You can also eat a BIG D!

  38. 38

    …and stop trying to force non-gays into accepting if they don't want to…. it's a two way street. If gays want to be accepted, they have to accept that others have thoughts and opinions as well….period.

  39. 39

    Mr!!!! You forgot to mention in the story that you used that word to Will I AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sure if that applied to someone else that would have been mentioned and reminded us that they used that word!!!! All I have to say is WORD TO THE MOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH!!!!

  40. RVonD says – reply to this


    So it's okay when YOU use that word, just not other people? Makes perfect sense to me, idiot.

  41. elo says – reply to this


    It's a word, it has no power or effect, only people have power.

  42. 42

    But I guess it's ok for you to use that word as an insult?

  43. 43

    I don't understand this story— the audience member used this word, not Criss, correct?

  44. 44

    What a dick. Whatever the true story is, he could have handled it way better to have it not turn into an "incident."

  45. 45

    love your sensitivity…

  46. 46

    RIght … I am British and can safely say that a 'f aggot' in the UK is a type of large meatball generally served with mashed potato and peas. Noone in the UK ever says that and means a cigarette. A 'f ag' is a cigarette.

  47. 47

    Oh shutup Perezzzzz. STFU. Its alright for you to use it right? Cus your..Gay? Or is the proper term homosexual? Shut the f$%k up llorona.

  48. 48

    OR, the guy was really thinking of cigarettes. And seriously, why should Criss Angel apologize for some other dude thinking a "bad" word? What, now you want to sensor people's thoughts, Perez? Don't you have anything better to do than constantly be on gay patrol?

  49. 49

    Phew! At least we now know that this douchebag is not gay.

  50. 50

    It blows my mind that you actually censor people on this site when you use it to accuse people of being involved in the death of a loved one when there' sno one ounce of proof of it, or that you accuse people of pulling publicity stunts when in reality they died *shakes head* So, since you won't let me say f.a.g.g.o.t. (even though you use it to put others down) I'll say this instead…you are a pure piece of shit, Mario, that you'd even dare try to put down someone who used this vulgar term when you yourself use it to put others down. So fuck off you condescending piece of spunk.

  51. 51

    While I certainly HATE that word,you,Mario, have a lot of balls putting someone down for using it! Remember,you called TRHCP's guy the SAME word! You're such a fucking hypocrite!
    Please…stop speaking for gay people! We don't want or need you! Assholes,like you should NOT represent ANYONE! UGH!

  52. 52

    Kinda being a hypocrit. After all, you use this word.

  53. 53

    All you sensitive types pull up your pink, big girl panties and GET OVER IT!!

  54. 54

    ii hate this guii i mean he might be good on what he doing but saying that theperson was thinking that word why the helll would he say it loud pff hate him…..and ppl stop hatin on perez his only trying to do his job u wish u had a job like this it would rock and be hard to do at the same tiime….

  55. 55

    Re: knouddnt! – As soon as you return them from last night.

  56. 56

    Why censor the f.gg.t word when you want us to comment on it?

  57. 57

    ok u know what back the fuck off criss he is a grown ass man and can say whatever he wants

  58. 58

    F aggot is not a word used for a cigerette in the UK. The cirque management is talking out their arses!
    either way i still dont care

  59. 59

    Wasnt this the word u called the guy from the BEP?? MARIO??? Hypocrisy much?

  60. 60

    what i don't get, and what happens on this site a lot, is why the drawing used to insult someone is of a male-on-male blowjob. the piece is about homophobia, isn't it? there are also men with a drawing of what i assume is cum drooling out of their mouths in just about every other story. so …. this is bad? i don't follow a cry against gay-bashing being coupled directly with gay-bashing images.
    it'd be nice if there was a switch to another go-to image for when this site considers someone an asshole.

  61. Kayko says – reply to this


    Maybe the guy didn't like Criss and thought he was one :) Maybe he was British and thought he needed a ciggy. Stop the negative assumptions and hate mongering, seriously.

  62. 62

    give me a fucking break!! who cares?? it's a friggin WORD. people really need to get a life and stop being so unnecessarily OVERLY sensitive!!

  63. 63

    oh and didn't YOU USE THAT WORD??!!!!

  64. 64

    WTF?! that's messed up… well I think Criss just lost a fan.

  65. 65

    just wanna say i was at that show and when the girl said he was laughin me being a lesbian i was highly offended so were my uncle and aunt i just gotta say to that girl that said it i seen u bitch and ur lucky my aunt stopped me from kicking your ass trust me i wud of

  66. 66

    when i was at the show that theater was empty plus my uncle got all 4 tickets for free so suck on that criss angel ur show was wack and ur a horrible "dancer"

  67. 67

    You just have a hate on for Criss since he singled you out at his show. I was at the show you were at and I thought it was great. I love Criss Angel!!! Don't be a hater!

  68. edna says – reply to this


    the don't say f@ gg ot in the UK for cigarettes . . .it's "go a f ag mate?"

    get it straight. and didn't you tear that bloke from Grey's anatomy a new one when he call his workmate that. You pretty much chased him out of a job. Oh, and have you used that word in a derogatory manor at two different men recently?

  69. 69

    You don't have a problem with calling people that, why should he?

  70. 70

    I'm surprised no one punched him in the side of the head. Oh wait, that happened to you when you used the exact same word in context. Maybe he heard it from you. You were his role model in use of the word! And you're not even British, so what's your excuse? It's why you're loved and hated: It's ok if you do it, or your friends. Anyone else gets no pass.

  71. 71

    Geez dude…hmmm, if I recall you DID THE SAME EXACT THING! Such a liberal hypicrate

  72. 72


  73. 73

    Perez, sometimes I just don't get you. You give some of the celebrities more attention than they need. You keep them relevant, rather than letting them drop off the radar.

  74. 74

    Funny how so many people think it is free speech to use the F word but would be outraged if the audience member used the N word and Cris Angel went with it. Or would they be? I seldom have met a homophobe who wasn't also a racist.

  75. 75

    o and anyone who says that the shows are "empty" online u can check ticket sales…huns hes almost sold out every one…SUCK ON THAT fukin haters

  76. 76

    Like Perez has any room to talk. What a hypocrite!

  77. 77

    He is a devout christian, so let him alone

  78. 78

    Maybe that's what the audience member thought about Cris Angel. So, maybe you should be defending him for being called a derogatory word that you use so freely.

  79. 79

    Tough shit, asshole, since you bash Italian Americans by calling them "guidos." Don't like it back atcha, do you?

  80. 80

    This is guy is so ridiculous… I happened to sit bored during the show a week later (Dec 18) and btw… he read the same word in a persons mind!
    Also… and this is really good: before the show, some guy from the Criss Angel crew said to a girl sitting right in from of me that Criss would really like her to be part of the show. They took her somewhere and after a while she returned with a huge white piece of fabric. When the show started, she got up and started waving the huge sheet with signs like 'I love Criss' or 'Cris we love you' and he looked over and drew everybody's attention to her saying: 'oh thank you, my loyal fans' (puke) he showed her on the camera and then gave her one of his white bunnies (stuffed). Please do not go see Criss Angel - the show does suck!

  81. 81

    Ignorant coward refusing to apologize due to using a slur against certain people???? hmmm who does this remind me of.. who? who? who?Asshole.

  82. 82

    Already thought the guy was an asshole - this just confirms it.

  83. 83

    "As for Cirque management, they claimed the audience member was British and meant cigarettes."

    You know, that's probably true.

  84. 84

    Well, it was word association… the next word might have been gay or gnostic is all. Let him not like us. We don't have to be rude. We've heard the 'word' a time or two.

  85. ap076 says – reply to this


    Re: vancouvergrrl – I think I will call you Vancouver +
    C anada is your country of origin. I
    U nderstand gays are mostly free to marry there.
    N ewfoundland and New Brunswick included.
    T he territories I have no idea about.

  86. ap076 says – reply to this


    Re: Juzzie – As mentioned more than a few times, Brits call a cigarette a f ag, not the other word. You can now take your head out of your ass unless you are enjoying the view up there.

  87. ap076 says – reply to this


    Re: Amagod121 – I am Italian as well and I am pretty sure Perez only used the term "Guido" in referring to the cast of Jersey Shore. In that instance it is OK because they are using the term "guido" as part of their identity to promote the show.

  88. ap076 says – reply to this


    Re: take the pickle out – Dude I get a lot of laughs out of what you say around here as it is often what I am thinking but I am not quite as quick a wit to type it out.
    But being a devout Christian does not get this shit for brains the right to use what is now generally agreed to be a form of hate speech, without expecting some negative comments tossed back his way.

  89. ap076 says – reply to this


    Re: Tanjarine – It is a word but word hurt and they make it easier to devalue people and then possibly feel a little more comfortable hurting them or excluding them. I know the whole PC thing can get carried away but that word is just one not used by decent people. There are others, every group has one or two.

  90. 90

    Re: Tanjarine – Why do americans make the best homosexuals? They are such perfect arseholes. ( that's ass holes ) Only words right?

  91. 91

    I happen to be one person who Loves Criss Angel, so if anything he says or does offends u, don't go to his show or STFU!!!!
    He is a Master of illusion & he's GREAT at what he does!
    Happy New Year everyone:-)

  92. 92

    stupid fuck….knew what it as about

  93. 93

    LMAO PERVy, YOU used the same word to describe will.i.am so don't start saying that HE is ignorant

  94. 94

    I was there, at this performance on December 11th, 2009. The 'random' audience member was not English in any form. She was of central/south American descent. She was very crude, and frankly rather ignorant. Criss Angel was very accommodating and ensured he cleared that he did not condone nor did the Luxor OR Cirque approve said word. I was very disgusted with the girl's lack of intelligence, but must commend Criss Angel in trying to deal with the participant's ignorance.

  95. 95

    Ok, im gay. im offened by it, sure. buts its just a fucking word. holy jesus get the monkey over it! and perez, stop being a hypocrite. im sorry to say this but, i get it, sometimes you jsut say it, but dont complain about somebody using it if you used it yourself. and people who are gay haters, let them be. they arent gona stop hating us, and we arent gona stop being gay. and another thing, Criss may not have thouoght it, but for shits sake he didnt have to go along with it. and i can see why he didnt apologize cos why should he? yes its offensive, but wut in the world isnt? a black man was walking and someone asked him for some fried chicken, it may be offensive, but let them be. equal rights is a two way street. god not everything can be perfect in the world! most things its impossible to be! if you want rights then others hav to too. and who here isnt a hypocrite? you who told some1 to stop smoking even though you smoke three packs a day? you who yelled at a neighbor for letting his dog crap on your lawn wen you do it to them? and you, perez, you who called a man a f.a.g.g.o.t and wen it was said by someone else you flipped? we're a world of insensitive little hypocritical pricks. get over it. im a hypocrite too. i called my brother a lazy pig wen i soent a whole day sleeping. eveyones a hypocrite. he (and she) who has never been hypocritical post the next comment…

  96. 96

    1) It wasn't Chris' word, so why should he have to apologize?
    2) Isn't this the same word you threw at someone last year in ager?
    3) Please remind me….did your hypocritical ass ever apologize for that?