Academy Award winner Matt Damon meets with AIDS survivors at a Zambian AIDS clinic.
Dear Matt Damon,
We would like to offer ourselves to you for marriage.
We love you so much. Never mind the fact that you are cuter than a basket of puppies, or that you’re a brilliant writer with an Academy Award sitting on your mantle. Your trip to Africa, as a spokesperson for One, brought much-needed attention to various issues that Americans would rather ignore. While anyone can give lip service to the needs of the area, getting on a plane headed for Zambia and traipsing through the disease-ravaged region takes chutzpah.
An estimated 25.8 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2005, and approximately 3.1 million new infections occurred during that year. Americans generally ignore the issue, as HIV is seen as easily-treatible with medication; but it goes without saying that the people in these African nations have no way of getting their hands on any pills.
“To see so much hope from people who have so little made this an inspiring and life changing journey for me,” said Damon. “The promises America and other rich countries have made to Africa must be more than words. Those promises need to put hopeful children in school; help parents put roofs over the heads of their children; and get life saving AIDS medicines to the patients who need them now.”
Please don’t give up on this issue. Your presence in those towns puts a lot of pressure on lawmakers, who decide whether or not to supply these people with the medicine they need. You rock. And you know…your home state of Massachusetts does accept gay marriages. We’re all yours. Say the word.