After publishing their story about DJ Steedley being the “modern face” of HIV, The Washington Post has gone back and acknowledged the “germane” information that I pointed out here last week, which is that DJ is also a bareback porn star for Treasure Island Media.
Editor’s Note: This story includes interviews in text and video with D.J. Steedley, who was described in the story as “the modern face of the [AIDS] epidemic.” Following publication, The Post learned that Steedley signed a contract in June with a production company that specializes in filming and distributing videos that depict unprotected sex. This information was germane to the story and should have been included.
For its part, Treasure Island responded to my initial post by accusing me and my “group of followers” of “bashing” people with HIV:
While some narrow minded individuals, including Zach Sire and his group of followers at The Sword choose to bash those living with HIV, making comments such as “please only have sex with other contaminated people,” we celebrate D.J.’s willingness to be open and honest about his life.
That quote they’re using was taken from the comments section on my post and, obviously, was not from a person worth taking seriously. My post questioned—using Treasure Island’s own marketing copy—The Washington Post’s failure to report that the subject of their “modern face” of HIV story was also a bareback gay porn star, which they’ve now acknowledged. And by doing so, I guess The Washington Post is “bashing” people with HIV now, too? Poor Treasure Island!