The Wrong View: Talk Show Under Fire for HIV-Related Comments

by at . Comments

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.

Derek Lowe Mug Shot

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."

"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," Hughley said.

Added Shepherd, offering no data to back up her assertion: "It's so big in the black community with women because they're having sex with men who have been having sex with men."

In response, GLADD has taken out a full-page ad in Variety that reads:

"The Centers for Disease Control has publicly disproven this myth. And since June 22, thousands of people have written to ABC, asking that The View provide correct information to viewers. Unfortunately, those requests have been greeted with silence from both ABC and The View."

Panelists on the show are known for expressing their opinions and have the right to speak their minds, of course. But when making grand claims such as the one above, it would nice if they relied on facts to support their statements.

Tags: , ,
Avatar

Talking about people that don't know what they are talking about, The view is almost as bad as that dumb Glenn Beck, talk about your know nothings he takes the cake. The bad part is that so many conservitives belive what he says is true.

Avatar

If people would quit being on the DOWNLOW, maybe the spread of HIV would not be so inherent. GLAAD has a lot of reason to criticize people when it comes to HIV, they are the forefront of the battle with their support, all others are at the back of the line trying to make sense or even understand; who, what, where, why and how. People who are going to make a comment on this issue needs to be educated on it first. There are way too many ignorant folks getting the limelight for their backwards views and it shameful to the people who fight this battle everyday.

Avatar

This show is called "The View?" I have a real problem with these dumb bimbos trying to act like experts on subjects that they are totally ignorant and clueless of. The disservice they provide the public by commenting as fact on a subject they know nothing about is not only fraudulent but is dangerous when presented as an accurate news story. ABC should be condemned and villified for allowing such trash to air. I think I speak for most who have seen the show that this travesty of a supposedly entertaining and newsworthy program should be cancelled and taken off the airwaves immediately. Send these morons to the street and let them spread their stupidity amongst the only 2 fans they have!

Avatar

With regards to Elisabeth Hasselbeck, I have often asked my wife, why is she on the show. Her opinions are normally squelched before she gets the first few words out of her mouth, with the utter disgusting and rude behavior of her fellow contributors. She is merely a pawn for the show and a token "conservative" who is thrown to the lions on each and every show. Cannot she find decent work, somewhere she might garner some respect. The View is not the place for a "conservative" trying to make a point............Elisabeth.....look for better work!!

Avatar

Anyone who takes anything that ANY of these women say as truth has no one to blame for their own stupidity but themselves. Those women are just a bunch of sqawking hens...I nor my husband can stand watching that show....it's torture to hear a group of women argue about topics they barely no anything about

Avatar

Why ANYONE takes the opinions of a reality show contestant, actors and in general ignorant loud mouths (yes thats you i'm talking about, JOY too bad you don't live up to your name...) seriously is beyond me! The saying about everyone having an asshole and having an opinion is soooo true... And shame on you ABC for not talking responsiblity of your nasty ill-mannered children, hmmmm maybe they need some muzzles, its what you put on bitches who have a nasty bite!!! Everyone needs to close the curtains on the VIEW!!

Avatar

For once it wasn't that far left imbecile Bayshore claiming "it was Bush's fault"!

Avatar

The only way you can "view" The View is to take it with a grain of salt. Women who take this show seriously should sit back and take a good look at themselves and why they would think these women really know what they're talking about. Joy thinks she knows everything about everything and is so transparent in her own prejudice against anything that isn't liberal. Prejudice comes to mind again with Sherrie as well as ignorance. When I use that term I mean she just isn't aware of the world. She thinks she is but she knows so little about the things she talks about. I can stomach Whoopie and Elizabeth to a degree. Elizabeth usually gets ganged up on and there are times Whoopie tries to even the conversation out. But the majority of the time they just yell and talk over each other. What kind of intelligence is that?

Avatar

I have recommended this show to the government to use as torture for our Islamic terrorists prisoners. All the women on this show are LUNATICS, it would drive anyone crazy to have to watch it/

Avatar

The show should be titled "THE RANT". A bunch of loudmouth
lefties with only one conservative. Are they afraid to play fair
with an even number of left vs. right ?