While scrolling through my news feed yesterday, I saw an interview with Lee Daniels featured on Madame Noir where he discussed how being a homosexual in this country makes you a third class citizen. I was with him until the interview took a sharp left when he made this statement.
“I think they are prejudiced upon even from the African Americans too. I think that the reason we have AIDS…I did a movie called ‘Previous’ and when I was doing the research for ‘Precious,’ I walked into the gay mens health crisis center in New York City and I expected to see studying [of] AIDS and HIV, I expected to see a room full of gay men, but there are nothing but women that are there – black women with kids, I thought I had walked into the welfare office – but they service black women with AIDS, why?
“Because black men can’t come out. Why? Because you simply can’t do it. Your family says it, your church says it, your teachers say it, your parents say it, your friends say it, your work says it. And so you’re living on this DL thing and you’re infecting black women.”
The reason you saw so many Black women in that clinic is because we account for nearly two thirds of newly diagnosed HIV cases. In addition to that, all black women are not getting HIV from “Down Low” men. What really bothers me about this comment is “welfare queen” implication. A few weeks ago there was the #blackpowerisforblackmen hashtag on twitter and it highlighted how black men expect black women cape for them even though they tear us down. Lee Daniel’s comment is a prime example of that attitude. You want me to support your vision, though you just let me know you don’t see it for me? Have a seat sir. It’s not just him, I see this on twitter every day and recently Kevin Hart jumped into the fray with his comment about Black women “assuming they know your life.” I can’t speak for anyone else, but I won’t be supporting either of these two any time soon. Sure they will not miss my coins, but I am done spending money where I am not appreciated.
- Lee Daniels says the AIDS Clinic “looks like” the Welfare Department (blackwriteandread.wordpress.com)
- Kevin Hart: ‘Black Women Assume They Know Your Life’ (theroot.com)
- Lee Daniels Discusses the Difficulty of Being Black & Gay, But Did He Throw Black Folks Under the Bus? (clutchmagonline.com)
- Black Men Respond to #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen…and We Love It (clutchmagonline.com)