Sen. Campfield On His “AIDS = Gay Disease” Comment: I Didn’t Say That—But I Stand By It


Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) made news last week for a shocking interview he gave on Sirius XM’s Michelangelo Signorile Show. In the episode, the pea-brained politico, a sponsor of the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill said that homosexuality was dangerous, that it was “virtually impossible” to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex and that the HIV epidemic came from a gay airline employee having sex with a monkey.

WBIR 10 NBC in Knoxville decided to check back with Senator Campfield to get some clarification. (See clip above). In it, Campfield claims his comments were taken out of context, but that they’re basically factual.

“I didn’t say I was a gay/AIDS historian. I didn’t say I know the facts backwards and forwards I just said what I’ve heard and the facts back me up,” he said.

So all those straight people in Africa who contracted HIV stepped on dirty needles? You know what we do when we don’t know the facts backwards and forwards, Senator? We keep our fucking mouth shut. Just a thought.

“A lot of people trying to gloss over and say it’s an every-person disease but really it’s just those high-risk people that are most likely to contract or spread that disease. “The odds of a regular man getting it from a regular woman are very low,” he said.

We asked, “What do you mean by ‘regular?'”

He said, “someone who is not from Africa, someone who is not a homosexual, someone who is not an IV drug user, someone who is not sleeping with someone who is one of those things.”

Does that mean that there was nothing wrong or dangerous about being gay prior to 1981, Senator Campfield, since there was no AIDS then? We’re not sure—we’re not a gay/AIDS historian.