We all say dumb things in passing, and I hope that the Black Eye Pea’s frontman has enough sense to correct his recent statement about women and condoms to Elle Magazine.
Spotted out by Gossiponthis, Will not only said that he doesn’t respect women who keep condoms at home, but think it’s tacky.
With HIV infection rates among African Americans still at an alarmingly high rate, you’d think he’d want to encourage the use of protection. According to these stats from the CDC: by race/ethnicity, African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV in the United States. At the end of 2007, blacks accounted for almost half (46%) of people living with a diagnosis of HIV.
Read the excerpts from the interview below:
ELLE: If you walked into a woman’s house, what one item would convince you that you weren’t compatible?
W: If she had condoms in her house, that would just fuckin’ throw me off. That’s just tacky.
ELLE: Well, okay, I could see if she had a candy bowl full of them on the coffee table. But if she’s got a few in a drawer, wouldn’t that simply suggest she’s health-conscious?
W: I just think, like, if you’re into someone and you guys get to that level, then that’s something you should converse about together and say, “Hey, maybe we should get some.” Another pet peeve is wet sinks.
ELLE: Wet sinks?
W: Yeah, like a wet sink. You don’t wipe the sink after you use it? Dry it off! And if she’s got only dry toilet paper and no baby wipes next to the toilet. You ain’t got no baby wipes?
ELLE: I’ve heard about this particular deal breaker before. Why is that a big deal to you?
W: Here’s proof on why people should have baby wipes. Get some chocolate, wipe it on a wooden floor, and then try to get it up with some dry towels. You’re going to get chocolate in the cracks. That’s why you gotta get them baby wipes.
Although I’m sure Will.i.Am’s statements might be taken out of context, the fact that there would be any stigma among sexually active adults in using condoms in this day and age demonstrates the challenege health care advocates face when trying to fight the spread of sexually transimitted diseases. Plus, lets face it, a lot of guys (of any race) love to “ring the back doorbell” on their lady friends, which is even more reason to keep condoms (and a good, water based lube) in your nightstand, just in case.
It’s not trashy to be well prepared, it’s sexy and smart!
–Thanks to Damon L Jacobs for the tip.