I came across this HIV/AIDS prevention commercial on youtube last night by mistake and I've had conflicting feelings about it ever since. I'm all for spreading the word about the dangers of HIV/AIDS, especially in the black community, but the approach used in this video is a little troubling. It's titled the Down Low Brother PSA and it's a plea to closeted "bisexual" men to stop their behavior in an effort to stop the spread of HIV amongst black women.
The problem that I have is that it sends the message that closeted gay or bisexual men who also sleep with women are the cause of increased infections among black women when there is no statistical data to support this claim. For the record I don't approve of down low behavior, actually I find it deplorable, but until we create a world where people are free to be themselves without the fear of being attacked spiritually or physically the down low brother will continue to exist. Whatever happend to personal responsibility? It seems like we're always looking for somebody to blame and the down low brother has become the perfect scapegoat.