*“The View” is under fire by gay rights group GLAAD over a Hot Topics segment regarding men “on the down low,” the term used to describe black men who are secretly gay, yet remain in heterosexual relationships.
During the June 22 episode, cohost Sherri Shepherd and guest host, comedian D.L. Hughley, blamed increased HIV rates among straight African American women on their down low boyfriends or husbands.
“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.
Shepherd added, “It’s so big in the black community with women because they’re having sex with men who have been having sex with men.”
GLAAD has taken out a full page ad in Hollywood trade magazine Variety blasting this exchange, claiming the information is inaccurate, reports E! News.
Cosigned by the Black AIDS Institute and the National Black Justice Coalition, the ad reads in part, “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.”
Shortly after the episode aired, GLAAD encouraged its supporters to contact ABC and “View” producers and demand an on-air apology and correction.
Host/executive producer Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg have all been honored by the gay rights group with GLAAD Media Awards.