‘The View’ Blasted by GLAAD for Comments on African Americans and HIV

by | July 12, 2010 at 4:30 PM | The View, TV News

'The View' (Photo: ABC)

'The View' (Photo: ABC)


The View,’ that daily talk show full of chatty ladies, often makes headlines for some controversial comment, often coming from hosts Sherri Shepherd or Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But for a program often hailed as celebrating diversity, GLAAD isn’t too happy with them, according to E! Online.

GLAAD is calling out the ABC show for disseminating incorrect information about the spread of AIDS amongst African Americans, specifically bisexual men that are infecting women. The comments came from Shepherd and guest co-host D.L. Hughley.

“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 on the show June 22.

Despite a reported barrage of complaints from viewers, GLAAD claims ABC has not done anything to correct the falsity — GLAAD writes, “The Centers for Disease Control has publicly disproven this myth.”

In hopes of hitting where it hurts, GLAAD has written that statement on a full page ad in Variety and reached out to its base, asking that they voice their outrage to the network.