July 12, 2010

The View, HIV Scandal

The hosts of ABC's The View have once again stirred up controversy, but this time it's not Elizabeth Hasselbeck, but Sherri Shepherd and their guest D.L. Hughley, who both made some questionable statements about HIV and AIDS, and how it affects the health of the Black community.

Shepherd and Hughley both suggested that the high rates of HIV in the Black population. Without offering any evidence to back up this claim, Hughley said "When you look at the prevalence of HIV in the African American community, it's primarily young women who are getting it from men who are on the down low," referring to Black men who allegedly have relationships with women while secretly being actively gay.

Shepherd made similar comments, again without any evidence to back it up: "It's so big in the black community with women because they're having sex with men who have been having sex with men."

But accidents and experts have pointed out that all evidence and studies available say this is not true, and is only a rumor and stereotype that is irresponsible to spread, as well as being homophobic. For more info see below.

The View HIV

This is a first: The View is facing controversy, and it's NOT over something Elisabeth Hasselbeck said. In fact, that conservative commentator - whose most recent example of opinionated nonsense involved a shot at Erin Andrews - has nothing to do with why GLADD is taking aim at this ABC talk show. Instead, the organization has its sights set on Sherri Shepherd and D.L. Hughley, the June 22 guest host. On that date, the pair talked about the influx of HIV among African-Americans and blamed it on gay black men that were in the closet, aka "on the down low."

The View HIV

Posted at July 12, 2010 4:25 PM