Back in June, there was an episode of The View that offended a whole lot of people. There were two male co-hosts, D.L. Hughley and Thomas Roberts, a newscaster for MSNBC. They discussed that asinine Red Cross policy that states that gay men and people who have slept with gay men cannot donate blood, and from there, Hughley went on to make the statement that “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,” and they talked about that for a bit. The thing is, however, that Hughley’s statement wasn’t even a little bit true.
GLAAD, along with the Black AIDS Institute and the National Black Justice Coalition, took offense to that remark, so they placed a full page ad in Variety demanding an on-air apology from The View and asking them to give the actual facts to their viewers.
I can’t imagine that The View won’t respond to this. Placing a full page ad in Variety seems like a pretty effective way to call someone out. I’d like to think that maybe next time people on The View would bother to check their facts before they make these kinds of ridiculous statements that other people actually listen to, but I’m not going to get my hopes up.