Below is a clip from the upcoming CNN special “Black in America,” which I blogged about recently. Whoopi Goldberg talks about AIDS.
“In this country,” she says, “it’s a pandemic.” Which means, if you have unprotected sex, “you’re going to get it.”
Then she hits us with some numbers:
“Fifty-fifty? No more,” says Whoopi. “One in two chances of getting it? Absolutely.”
Uhhh... Ms. Goldberg? A 50-50 chance is the same thing as a one-in-two chance.
Maybe this was a slip of the tongue... a temporary brain glitch. Except that Whoopi says it again.
She declares that getting AIDS from unprotected sex is more likely than getting pregnant. “You got a 50-50 shot with pregnant. You got a one-in-two chance of getting HIV.”
Holy crap. Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t know what “50-50” means!
And this is gonna be on CNN in a couple of weeks. In a program about the state of black America.
Shoot, Sherri Shepherd probably knows that 50-50 is the same as one-in-two. (Or maybe not.)