Monkeypox sure has some people riled up. As Twitchy reported, White House Covid Response Coordinator Ashish Jha addressed monkeypox Monday and stressed that it’s “really important” not to use this moment “to propagate homophobic or transphobic messaging.” That’s what’s really important. Science, you know.

But it gets dumber … way dumber. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s commissioner, Ashwin Vasan, has written a letter to the World Health Organization asking it to change the name of monkeypox because of a growing concern “for the potentially devastating and stigmatizing effects that the messaging around the ‘monkeypox’ virus can have on these already vulnerable communities.”

Is he talking about the gay community? Not quite.

“NYC joins many public health experts and community leaders who have expressed their serious concern about continuing to exclusively use the term ‘monkeypox’ given the stigma it may engender, and the painful and racist history within which terminology like this is rooted for communities of color,” Vasan continues.

Look, it’s real:

Do they think monkeys are upset that they have a virus named after them? How about chickenpox?


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