Michelangelo Signorile Smacks Up Andrew Sullivan

I’d read Sullivan’s article in The Advocate but hadn’t realized it was he that wrote it. But in retrospect I think it makes total sense now. Go read Sully’s article and then read Michael’s rebuttal, Dear Bareback Andy:

You’re glamorizing illness, for your own selfish reasons, for your own ego… It’s funny because you link to everything you write, making sure your fans can get every bit of Andrew Sullivan. But this column, directed squarely at the gay audience in the Advocate – and particularly at all those horrible negative people – seems to have gotten overlooked… Hey, if you are really so secure and proud of your HIV infection, you might even link to this open letter of mine too, so your conservative Republican fans could see how supposedly ridiculous I’m being. But I bet you won’t.

Discussion on Metafilter as well.

I used to read Sullivan regularly and even read his book Love Undetectable which had some great points but was way too soaked in Catholic guilt. And his blog template has always annoyed the shit out of me.

To say that HIV is no big deal to the younger generation seems really irresponsible. I’m not saying that HIV+ people should go around flogging their own victimization a la Angels in America but that to ignore the global impact of AIDS is a little shortsighted. Maybe for those in developed countries with access to medical care, early detection, treatment regimens and the cash to pay for those drugs HIV can become a ‘maintenance’-type illness, you cannot ignore that the virus is decimating entire generations in Africa. But as I’ve always said:

It is all good and fun until rich white kids start dying.

Further: Hey lesbians – do you get tired of all the shirtless men on the cover of The Advocate? Always seems like they either a) feature some straight actor who is going gay and include a breathless aticle that always includes the question "What do you think of your gay following?" or b) pecs, abs and other symbols of male beauty (obsession).

2 thoughts on “Michelangelo Signorile Smacks Up Andrew Sullivan

  1. Brandon

    I wrote to Signorile after i read both articles and he acutally mailed me back! I guess i need to be a less jaded internet user.

    Here it is:
    Hello Mr. Signorile,

    I just read your letter to Andrew Sulivan and i gotta say you were
    right on the money. When he quoted you in his recent colum he
    protrayed you as some fear monger who was personally attacking him.
    HIV is not his own personal fight, it is the fight of the ENTIRE gay
    community, and for him to go on this tirade of “the world is
    attacking us” is negligent at best, downright criminal at worst.
    Those of us who are young and negative want ourselves and those
    around us to stay that way, plain and simple. Most of us do not need
    a deadly illness to get us to strive for a meaningful and complete life.

    By the way, in a fight, you could kick Sulivan’s ass, I don’t care
    how many steroids he’s taken or how much he weighs.

    Brandon Humphries, 21

    His response:
    Brandon, thanks so much! And yeah, I think I’d do pretty well, I’m not
    afraid of the bully!

    Mike

  2. amberglow

    i posted it to metafilter, and i also emailed Signorile–he wrote me back too : >

    I wish Signorile was the one the media would call instead of Sullivan. Appalling.

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