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GLAAD ramping up the pressure on ABC and ‘The View’

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: GLAAD will not be ignored!

Just days after it got NBC’s The Today Show to include gay couples in its dream wedding contest, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has joined forces with the Black AIDS Institute, and the National Black Justice Coalition to ramp-up the pressure on ABC and The View.

They want the network and the show to correct misinformation shared about African-American men and HIV infection during a conversation between host Sherri Shepherd and guest host D.L. Hughley. during the June 22 Hot Topic segment of the show and have taken out an ad in today’s Daily Variety to press their point.

GLAAD issued a call to action on June 24 urging viewers to contact the show and demand a retraction and the organization says that more than 3,000 people have participated so far.

Here are excerpts from a transcript of the offending segment:

Hughley: 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. That’s the thing.

Shepherd: The down low is black men who’ve been going out. They are having sex with men and they’re not telling their girlfriends or their wives that they’re gay and their husbands, as well. And it’s very prevalent with African American women because they come home and have sex with their wives or their girlfriends. And they’re not telling them that they’re gay.

Shepherd: It’s so big in the Black community with women because they’re having unprotected sex with men who have been having sex with… with men.

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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One Comment

  • July 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    We need to understand how and why black women are still dying at such an alarming rate. In 2005, 78% of all new AIDS cases were black women. They are not obtaining this through intravenous drug use, but through heterosexual contact. This is FACT. Not fiction. Unprotected sex with infected men.

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