Two Minneapolis talk show hosts have sparked controversy by accusing Magic Johnson of faking AIDS. The newscasters, KTLK’s Chris Baker and Langdon Perry, were talking about how long people can live after being diagnosed with drugs.
Talking about treatable diseases, Perry noted, "...like Magic with his faked AIDS. Magic faked AIDS."
Baker questioned, "You think Magic faked AIDS for sympathy?"
"I’m convinced that Magic faked AIDS."
"Me too," Baker replied.
The situation has outraged Magic Johnson who released a statement that he was "outraged that Chris Baker and Langdon Perry would minimize such a serious and deadly issue."
This isn’t the first time journalists have pushed the envelope for publicity, but what is the cost? In our viral world, shock is increasingly used as a tool for publicity, but situations like this aren’t cool.
Magic Johnson left the NBA in 1991 when he was diagnosed with AIDS, and continues to be a symbol of survival and hope to those with the disease.
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