More to Life Than Britney

September 15, 2007 at 8:39 am 2 comments

A new study is showing an increase in HIV infections among young gay men in NYC, but thank God much of the traditional media has ignored this story in favor of Britney’s disastrous performance at the VMAs. I mean seriously, the Britney story has it all: a fading pop starlet who at 25 years old is desperate for a career comeback, a bad weave, a more unfortunate wardrobe malfunction than Janet’s nip slip, alcohol, a diva hairstylist and the worst job of lipsynching since Milli Vanilli. The HIV story is only about a disease that has infected some 40 million people, its increase among younger gay men and the limits of current educational strategies and preventive technologies.

I get that to some people the lives of gay men are not nearly as important as the ins and outs of the latest celebrity train wreck and that talking about homosex is icky unless it involves toe-tapping, wide stances and cute undercover cops, but one would think that the gatekeepers of the traditional media would at least pretend to care about the lives of potentially millions of men. Amongst the endless chatter about whether or not Britney is too fat it should be possible for editors and producers to spare a few column inches or seconds of airtime to report that they number of infections among gay and bisexual NYC men under 30 has increased since 2001 and that much of that increase is among Black and Latino men. Right?

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Entry filed under: Celebrities, Entertainment, Health, HIV/AIDS, LGBT, Media, Pop Culture.

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  • 1. phil_in_ny  |  September 15, 2007 at 8:52 am

    I agree. I think I get even more upset when I see the 18 year olds more concerned about Britney, than weather or not they will be recognized as full citizens some day.

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  • 2. BB  |  September 15, 2007 at 9:55 am

    Traditional News Media would be the nightly News on ABC, NBC, CBS & PBS. As far as I know, there has been NO mention of Brit and her BAAAAAAAAD performance, nor has there been any mention of her, throughout. If she dies of an overdose, she will be mentioned, ever so briefly. I know there has been no mention of Brit on Brian Williams (NBC) which is the one I watch. As far as I know there has been no mention of Brit on those shows where NEWS is discussed in depth, like the GREAT Charlie Rose on PBS or the INCREDIBLE INCREDIBLE Diane Rehm on NPR, who I listen to whenever I can. The magnificent Bill Moyer does BRILLANT work on PBS, discussing important issues that others avoid, like why, for the sake of the Nation, we MUST impeach Cheney and Bush.
    Entertainment Tonight or Extra are NOT traditional News media, nor is Perez Hilton or TMZ traditional News outlets, so let’s not confuse that. YES the morning News programs have become more like Entertainment tonight, but they were always News mixed with FLUFF, so I never watched. Brit, as far as I know, has not been discussed on the serious Sunday Morning News programs, like This Week, Face The Nation, The McLaughlin Group, etc. BUT she most likely has been discussed on cable News, where the Republican propagandists want distractions from Bush. SO don’t watch cable News. I don’t watch that crap.
    As much as the TRADITIONAL News Media has let us down, during these dark Bush Years, they have not gone the direction of the morning News programs, or Entertainment Tonight, just yet. I think that people are watching and reading crap where Brit is the main topic of conversation, and saying enough with Britney already, instead of watching Moyers, Rose, and listening to Rehm where GREAT discussions are taking place. If you want Rehms to discuss the increase in AIDS, write her and tell her. BUT people will be too busy reading the crap on Perez, or watching the crap on The View (for example) to tune in to where important things are being discussed ROUTINELY. But it is happening.

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