Fox anchor Kennedy recently interviewed conservative contributor Ned Ryun about the breakout of monkeypox. Ryun made a sort of comical statement about how the disease is spreading. He said one rule should be “don’t attend gay orgies”! This comment sent the other three panelists, including Kennedy, into a state of shock and awe. Kennedy and Marie Harf referred to Ryun’s statements as bigoted. Another male panelist said that the comment shouldn’t have just focused on the gay population.
The problem with the other panelists taking offense to Ned Ryun is that he was factually correct, even through his halfway joking statement. A peer-reviewed study has emerged that says 98% of those infected by monkeypox are gay males with a median age of 38. New York City is offering the monkeypox vaccine but only to gay males over the age of 18 who have had multiple anonymous sex partners in the past 14 days. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky appeared on television recently to say that children who contracted this disease were in contact and/or adjacent to men who have sex with men.
For Ned Ryun to point out the obvious is not a matter of being anti-LGBTQ. In fact, alerting a community of something that negatively impacts them shows that a person cares. Attempting to hide or shield facts away from people that need to know it is not a caring act at all. It is simply an attempt to get on the “good side” of certain organizations for political and/or personal reasons.