In Brief: Political Correctness Helped Turn Monkeypox Into a Global Emergency
Early monkeypox cases spread through close contact at “circuit parties” attended by gay men, but some media outlets, worried about homophobia, shied away from reporting the full truth.
The World Health Organization last week announced a global emergency over the rapid spread of the virus known as “monkeypox.” However, as columnist David Kaufman astutely observes a fear of offending the Rainbow Mafia led to media outlets reporting on the virus to attempt to avoid the proverbial elephant in the room.
In late May, Conde Nast’s LGBT site them.us went out of its way to distance a nascent viral scourge known as monkeypox from the main demographic who was catching it — gay men.
The piece headlined, “The Monkeypox Virus Is Affecting Queer Men, but Has Nothing to Do With Being Queer,” stated that “while a large fraction of those infected in [the] current global outbreak identify as gay or bisexual men… there is no correlation between the identity and the illness.
"Blaming the gay community or gay behavior,” it concluded, “is not sound public health.”
However, it is homosexual behavior that is the primary reason monkeypox has been spreading.
It is true that gay men are not “responsible”‘ for the monkeypox outbreak. Like HIV or COVID-19, viruses can’t target specific communities. But those early monkeypox cases were nearly all contracted at large-scale “circuit parties” across Europe, which are almost exclusively frequented by gay men. This is not stigma – it’s simply fact.
MSM fear of offending a “marginalized group” lead to Leftmedia outlets shading the truth.
The unwillingness of “woke” media and nervous health authorities to make this link clear is a disgrace. Their political correctness likely helped spread the disease.
Read the whole story at The New York Post.