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

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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.

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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.

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I am a Viewer!! I love seein Whoopi and Joy, I had seen this show but missed this hot topic, I always love hearing them go up against any cause but HIV is still a sensitive subject and has many historical errors that has unfortunately some peoples minds are still in that frame.


I agree with Sheree and DL's opinions. Studies are skewed and in this case, I do believe that men on the down low are the reason why women contract HIV/Aids if they are not intravenous drug users. It's an unfortunate reality and I'm just glad I'm not subject to it. I continue to pray for all women.


The show is a waste of an intelligent persons' time


Everyone on this show has an agenda. To say Hasslebeck is the only one who makes sense is the most insane thing I ever read. It proves that Americans are ignorant and dumb is an understatment. Ever since Obama got in office EVERYONE has become a racist and it sucks. Point the finger of blame at yourself and ask is the nonsense you believe in really the truth. Are all whites racist, no just as all blacks aren't thieves and on welfare. Get your own facts in life and stop listenig to middlemen/women who are only out to make money by pissing us off with slanted truths.


I'm highly against censorship, but can we cancel this idiotic show now? Please?


This program's "view" is not a reflection of US. No Latins or Asians. All I see are Anglo,White And Black who really keep the media to themselves. Some view!!


to Mrs. NOT SO BRIGHT, are you serious? Hasslebeck backs things with facts? Um HUN, YOUR KIND, as you so elequantly put it, are the problem with this country. The only saving grace is you and YOUR KIND are the minority! I think that is clear from the enormouse success of THE VIEW, having only one right wing LOON on it!


I don't know why anyone is surprised. Sherri Shephard stated on the show, during her first few months, that she didn't know the world was round!


John Robert couldn't have said it any better! The show is nothing more than a hate fulled Bush bashing political joke! Behar is nothing more than a idiot whose big mouth with nothing to back up anything she says has turned me off completely, Whoopie Goldbergs eyerolling and faces when she has a guest on she doesn't like is really annoying, Sherrie shepherd is so racially prejudiced for her own kind it's not even funny! I hate to say this but Elisabeth Haselback seems to be the only one on their who's NOT biased and backs things up with facts, Barbara Walters is just a puppet who should just retire and do every body a favor! They should just cancel the show as I don't think it's even worth these idiots salaries or the air play it takes up!


The View is living proof, like Dr. Phil, that anything or anyone can be on TV. A gaggle of hens clucking and clawing at each other.
All very opinionated and never with anything to back up what they are raving about.
Joy Behar is about as stupid as they come. Who put HER on tv to begin with, and to think she has her own "show." lol lol
Goldberg is usually way over the top and is quick to come to the "surface" regarding anything racial or even perceived as racial.
A total waste of a person's time to tune into that "show/spectacle."