From Frugivore

While on a fervent publicity tour for long-awaited new album, The R.E.D. Album, the California rapper, Game, gave off-the-cuff health advice to the popular hip-hop video site Vlad TV, issuing a public service announcement about what he claims are “many gay rappers in the game.” On the surface, Game expresses his heartfelt concern for the seemingly rise in gay bullying instances, saying that gays should have an easier time in regards to their lifestyle choice. But as fast as he took that noble stance, he took an equally damaging one, blaming men who are bi-sexual or closeted for the spread of HIV, basically, the reason women can’t trust any man, homosexual or not.

Game makes his remark at the 1:21 into the video

Game’s call for gay rappers to come out of the closet in hopes that this revelatory action will help reduce the cases of HIV isn’t just passive homophobia but forces men further into the closet by placing an undeserved burden on their shoulders. Even though Game’s stance is not unpopular, this archaic view — that closeted homosexuals are the exclusive reason why the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to ravage the black community — slowly chips away at any hope that a compassionate, fact-based conversation will arise concerning the myriad of reasons why blacks disproportionally lead the nation in new HIV cases.

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  • iQgraphics

    I respect Games POV in this interview only because he chose his words carefully, however, lets be clear, it’s LIARS in general which, within the confines of a relationship, contribute to the spread of diseases.

    • Jess

      You’re right! It’s not “down low” brothers that are responsible for the spread of AIDS in our community. It’s ignorance/unawareness, blatant dishonesty and lack of REGULAR testing!!!! Get tested *together* BEFORE sex, maintain honest, monogamous relationships, continue to get tested at least annually to ensure continued health. God knows condoms break everyday. I asked a guy once about his status and getting tested, that fool said to me that he’d never been tested and would rather just not know!! Seriously!!??!! F**k that! I looked at him like he was insane–needless to say I never saw him again. But here’s the thing–on the ride home, I felt sad because I knew that somewhere another woman would readily take the chance that that gorgeous, 6’4, well to do, cocoa colored man was not caring a disease that would kill them slowly and painfully. And I wondered how many already had.

    • The Comment

      So true! Liars. Plain and simple.

  • Nikki

    Great article! I read this article on the other site and I’m amazed that the study this article cites was not as big as it should have been. These rappers need a wake up call and so do black women. I know this is a broad statement but if this study is correct IMO black women find the same muscular men healthy and virile.

    I know I’m guilty of thinking a man “looks clean,” second-guessing myself over the use of a condom (I know… terrible). But this is why these type of articles and study need more attention, it’s scary to think men who look healthy can have mind control over me because of the power of television and ads.

  • whilome

    Seriously? They still making folks who don’t use condoms? In 2011?

    My sugarwalls ain’t SEEN a nonprophylacticed johnson attached to somebody I ain’t married to. Even engaged and shacked up with my man, we had a “show me yours and I’ll show you mine” with our test results. And even then, if I had an ingrown pubic hair, I was looking at his azz crazy.

    When they say, “when you sleep with someone, you’re sleeping with everyone they ever slept with,” it’s true. It ain’t the hip hop, it’s the bed hop that’ll get you. Get tested regularly and use protection every time. Or don’t. Your choice. It always has been a choice.

  • la_vie_en_hypnose

    I don’t know. Judging from the title of this very article, it seems like the author isn’t very interested in having a frank and fact based discussion about the spread of HIV/AIDS. Placing the blame on hip hop for the HIV/AIDS epidemic falls very much in line with the rhetoric and ideology that asserts that hip hop fuels rape culture and misogyny. It pathologizes blackness, more specifically black men, all while ignoring the political landscape and power dynamics that allow for the HIV/AIDS epidemic to exist in the first place. Relying on lazy scare tactics benefits no one suffering from HIV/AIDS or the black queer community. However it does benefit the Frugivore’s page views.