Sunday, October 01, 2006

common sense controversy

I was watching the morning news, where a supposed controversy going on in LA over the "Own it. End it." campaign.

The problem? This campaign stays that AIDS is a gay disease.

Guess what folks, AIDS is a gay disease. A gay male disease. Get over it, accept it and deal with it. Gay men have a substantial likelihood of having AIDS by the time they hit 40.

Does this say something about gay men? Does it mean people should treat them worse? Of course not. The problem is that there is a stigma attatched to pointing to problems in the gay community without being called a homophobe. So if you are straight, don't talk about AIDS, rampant speed problems, the dangers of other stds that are resurgent in the gay community.

Instead, we are treated to the ONE campaign, featuring dozens of celebrities who all insist we are at risk of getting AIDS. That campaign is so stupid it falls just short of parody. Perhaps they didn't want to pay royalties to Trey Parker for this little gem:

Everyone has AIDS!
Everyone has AIDS!

And so this is the end of our story
And everyone is dead from AIDS
It took from me my best friend
My only true pal
My only bright star (he died of AIDS)

Well I'm gonna march on Washington
Lead the fight and charge the brigades
There's a hero inside of all of us
I'll make them see everyone has AIDS

Congratulations to the Own It. End It. folks, they get it. Maybe a grown up approach to epidemiology will be more successful than the idiocy that has gone on in fighting AIDS in the US for the past 20+ years.