For those of you unaware, or for those of you who have not read it yet, there has been a lot of commotion about my latest blog post.
I expected a lot of people to get upset over it, but this is just getting ridiculous. I am being attacked in the comments section, on my Formspring, and via email. This wouldn't be so bad, except for the fact that it seems that the biggest problem people have with the article is that they aren't reading it all they way through. Because of this, I am addressing everything here in this one place.
1) The article was supposed to highlight the violation of human rights of gays and lesbians by showing a gross violation of human rights of a FICTITIOUS plan for people with AIDS. Simply said, the idea was to compare the taking away the rights of AIDS victims (by displacing them) with the taking away of rights with the homosexual community (not letting them marry, have joint insurance, be allowed into certain museums, etc.)
2) Africa was chosen as a callback to the creation of Liberia (which was set up to get the slaves out of America before the Civil War) and the African leper colonies. NOT BECAUSE I THINK EVERYONE IN AFRICA HAS AIDS! It's stupid to think that.
3) I was not associating gays with AIDS, nor was I saying Africa was an AIDS hub. I was comparing taking away rights of AIDS victims and homosexuals, and commenting on the PREVALENCE OF THE PROBLEM OF AIDS IN AFRICA.
4) The entire reason I chose Africa was because it was far from America and not a paradise, further highlighting the human rights issue.
5) The entire "plan" was fictitious, and served only as a way to explain to people who do not see how restricting the rights of gays and lesbians is wrong through a simple, if shocking, comparison.
6) The article had nothing to do with AIDS, curing AIDS, or solving the AIDS problem. It was a vessel in which I presented my argument.
7) Yes, I know my blog is crap. I never said it was great or anything. It's a hobby more than anything. If you don't like it, don't read it.
8) If you want to criticize me, do it. I welcome it. Criticism has helped me improve this blog. Because of the feedback I have received, there will never be another Dead Baby post, or a post focusing on me and my experiences. But don't attack me. Don't spam me. And if you do want to do any of that, have the guts to reveal yourself and don't do it anonymously.
For more responses to some of the things going on, check the comment section of the article or check out some of the links I will provide below. For all practical purposes, I consider this issue closed.