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The ladies at The View have stirred up controversy once again! Gay rights group GLAAD took out a full-page ad in Variety to blast the show, after cohost Sherri Shepherd and guest D.L. Hughley had a conversation about the increase of HIV among African-American women.
On the June 22 episode of the daytime chat-fest, Shepherd and Hughley agreed that the recent rise of HIV cases amongst straight African-American women is a result of them having sex with African-American men who are secretly gay or "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.
"It's so big in the black community with women because they're having sex with men who have been having sex with men," Shepherd concurred.
The Black AIDS Institute and the National Black Justice Coalition collaborated with GLAAD for the Variety ad 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."