Some of Mother Monster’s rabid fans wrote a letter to GLAAD in which they claimed—in all seriousness—that the Material Girl is responsible for the spread of AIDS:
It has come to the attention to Little Monsters everywhere that you are letting Madonna give an award to Anderson Cooper. Not only is this an insult to a true gay rights activist like Lady Gaga, but it insults every gay man and woman on this planet.
Madonna is one of the major reasons for AIDS. Back in the 1980’s, she encouraged gay men to have unprotected sex. While she certainly didn’t start the disease, she and her lack of morals helped it spread.
Please rethink your choice of having Madonna as a presenter. If you don’t, we Little Monsters will strike back in a way you won’t like.
Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters
First of all, as the Examiner notes, Madonna has always been an advocate for safe sex. Check out this super-severe AIDS PSA she did in 1988, at the peak of the epidemic:
Second of all, apparently these miniature beasts are confusing “fan” with “domestic terrorist” by threatening a “strike” GLAAD “won’t like.”
Third of all, this letter managed to insult gay activists — true and false — far more than Madonna ever could.