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ABC and 'The View' Refuse to Publicly Correct Misinformation About Black Men and HIV


GLAAD, the National Black Justice Coalition and the Black AIDS Institute on Monday published a full-page ad in Variety calling on The View and ABC to publicly correct disparaging misinformation from Sherri Shepherd and D.L. Hughley on a June 21 episode (Video, AFTER THE JUMP...) of The View blaming Black men on the down low for increased rates of HIV in Black women, despite evidence to the contrary from the CDC.

Late Wednesday, ABC released a response to GLAAD's Action Alert to CNN, saying, essentially, that it's not responsible for correcting the misinformation spread by D.L. Hughley because it was just his "interpretation."

“On June 22, during a discussion about blood donation and the transmission of HIV/AIDS, a guest moderator on the show expressed his interpretation of data about one way the virus can be transmitted. The topic of HIV/AIDS has been raised many times over the show’s 13 years, with many voices and opinions contributing to a conversation that we expect to continue as long as The View is on the air.”

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  1. It's not his opinion that's being protested, it's his version of the facts. Just because he's black, that doesn't mean he has carte blanche to talk b.s. about HIV and the black community, but that is what is at play here. He and Sherri should at the very least read out the data if they're too cowardly or stubborn to apologize.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jul 16, 2010 9:55:43 AM

  2. When Joy called the tiger woods mistress a ho and Gloria Alred threatened to sue, the next day there was an on air apology.

    Posted by: carl anthony | Jul 16, 2010 9:57:02 AM

  3. Emphasis should be on prevention, not blame.

    Posted by: Max | Jul 16, 2010 10:20:10 AM

  4. More View garbage, really? Whoopi's a racist, Sherri is stupid and Liz has her head in the sand. But yet we continue to expect more from this show - why?

    Posted by: JNJ | Jul 16, 2010 10:34:27 AM

  5. You know, I'm not even mad at DL; ABC and The View were the ones dumb enough to have a comedian educate the public about HIV. What the hell were they thinking?

    I just wonder if they realize how much misinformation like this ultimately hurts not only the LGBT community- who is already marginalized and constantly scapegoated- but also the black community, where many people are already misinformed and continue to suffer disproportionately high rates of HIV infection.

    It's disappointing that ABC doesn't care enough about either community to correct the misinformation that was broadcast on their network.

    Posted by: ElCamino | Jul 16, 2010 10:59:18 AM

  6. Can't wait for the D.L. Hughley gay airport sex scandal.

    Posted by: MarcusJC | Jul 16, 2010 11:00:08 AM

  7. And I refuse to watch "The View" anymore. The show used to be tolerable, but now? Enough. And I might even start boycotting the sponsors as well.

    Posted by: Verdon Coleman | Jul 16, 2010 11:02:07 AM

  8. Dr. Kevin Fenton at the CDC debunks the "down low" theory and confirms the link between IV drug use and HIV in heterosexual transmission.

    Maybe The View could gift Sherri Shepherd and D.L. Hughley with a free trip to Atlanta.

    Is that too much to ask?

    Posted by: mark | Jul 16, 2010 11:03:11 AM

  9. I'm sure homophobia is playing a role here, the down low thing has always been an issue, isn't that how Stella got her groove back?

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jul 16, 2010 12:16:42 PM

  10. How about buying an advertisement to correct the lies on the show. That might be an idea.

    Posted by: Matt Munson | Jul 16, 2010 12:23:37 PM

  11. The responsible thing for ABC and the View to do is to have an ACTUAL HIV expert on the show to refute what DL said. They would put themselves in the best possible light after this embarrassment. This is the reason Barbara should NEVER be celebrated as a relevant journalist today. She may have broken barriers in the past but she's a joke these days. This is her show and things like this should reflect HER.

    Posted by: Shawn | Jul 16, 2010 2:02:32 PM

  12. @ Matthew Rettenmund: nice one—carte blanche.

    Yes, why is The View resorting to comedian's for health info? How stupid.

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 16, 2010 2:52:04 PM

  13. I'm sure homophobia is playing a role here, the down low thing has always been an issue, isn't that how Stella got her groove back?

    POSTED BY: PATRICK NYC | JUL 16, 2010 12:16:42 PM

    @ Patrick unless I'm misunderstanding something.I guess whites don't present homophobia HUH? Patrick???? So All those fun loving white evangelicals just go GaGa over the Gay community? WTF!

    And before you even go there. All Blacks are not homophobic, Most Black Men that are Gay are NOT on the DL But since you mentioned it

    The so-called "Downlow" what a silly word. R.Kelly made it out of a song and look what it has evolved into! It's nothing more than a SENSATIONALIZED word for bisexuality. It's nothing more than bisexual behaivor. And believe me, it's not just a Black thing.
    Larry Craig
    Ted Haggard
    Jim Baker
    James McGreevey
    And the god-father of the downlow, Merve Griffin: 30+ yrs on the down, never came out.
    So if you have more White people in the U.S. with a larger percentage of GLBT people, there will be more White doing the downlow/bisexual thing…But that isn't what I'm getting at.

    Bottom line this behavior is present in all communities not just the ones of color.

    So get off your high horse of African Americans due to a personal issue which I have heard you post on here in the past. All men are not like the ones you were with and I know about your sibling's unfortunate demise My true sympathies. But it's time to move forward my friend. All Black Men and Black people are not alike, nor do we THINK a like!

    Much respect but that comment rubbed me the wrong way!

    Posted by: Buster | Jul 17, 2010 1:07:47 AM

  14. I would hardly say the CDC has "debunked" that claim. See:

    which states:
    "The phenomenon of men on the down low has gained much attention in recent years; however, there are no data to confirm or refute publicized accounts of HIV risk behavior associated with these men."

    So basically above is just one official's statement/personal opinion but doesn't reflect the whole CDC's position. Basically there isn't enough data to say if it's true or not. But saying the issue has been clearly "disproven" (as GLAAD claims or "debunked" is misleading in and of itself.

    Posted by: Grant H. | Jul 17, 2010 3:50:52 PM

  15. Okay Buster...And I'm sure you live to say "Well Blacks have more HIV than whites" Girl what do you care about African Americans??


    Posted by: Buster | Jul 17, 2010 4:55:19 PM

  16. What Sheppard and Hughley said isn't misinformation. Methinks the issue isn't misinformation, rather the issue is someone got a ruffled feather from the comments.

    Posted by: James | Jul 18, 2010 9:13:22 PM

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