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Call it a confounding story. Fox News recently reported on Hillary Clinton's chosen envoy for Global AIDS Awareness: Ellen DeGeneres:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced that Ellen DeGeneres has been named as a Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness.
Clinton made the announcement on Tuesday during an address on HIV/AIDS at the National Institutes of Health. The Obama administration says that Ms. DeGeneres will use her celebrity to raise awareness about the global fight against AIDS.
"By lending us your energy , compassion and star power to serve as our Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness, your words will encourage Americans in joining you to make their voices heard in our campaign to achieve an AIDS-free generation," Clinton stated in a letter to DeGeneres.
Let's state the obvious: Ellen has a lot of star power and can obviously raise a lot of attention towards the AIDS crisis. She is funny and likable and I think it's admirable that she is wanting to help other people.
What is confounding about the story is that it comes on the heels of the recent report from the Center for Disease Control just a week or so ago that noted the dramatic uptick in HIV cases amongst the homosexual community. This isn't right-wing speculation. It's scientifically documented cases of a disproportionate rise within the community of those who practice homosexuality of the virus that causes AIDS.
Given that Ellen is perhaps one of the world's most recognizable advocates for the embrace of homosexuality, this makes Hillary's choice a curious one. I understand that she likes Ellen. I understand that Ellen is a supportive of left-wing political causes. I get all that. But I was under the impression that an AIDS Envoy should have it as their objective to seek ways to reduce the spread of the AIDS virus. And simply put, Ellen encourages perseverance in the very behavior that is most closely linked to the rise of AIDS here and around the world.
Might that mean this choice was made with much more focus being on political correctness than stamping out a killer disease? Sad.