Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Annie Lennox HIV Positive Activism


In 1990, Lennox recorded a version of Cole Porter’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” for the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue, a benefit for AIDS awareness. A video was also produced.
Her song ‘Sing’ was subsequently born out of Lennox’s involvement with Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), both of which are human rights groups which seek education and health care for those affected by the HIV AIDS virus. Lennox established a ‘Sing’ website to promote her activities in support of AIDS awareness issues.

Lennox opened the 2009 Edinburgh Festival of Politics with a stinging attack on Pope Benedict XVI’s approach to HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa. She said that the Pope’s denunciation of condoms on his recent tour of Africa had caused “tremendous harm” and she criticised the Roman Catholic Church for causing widespread confusion on the continent. Lennox also condemned the media’s obessesion with “celebrity culture” for keeping the AIDS pandemic off the front page. In an attempt to counter this, during her address, she wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “HIV positive”.

Lennox wore similar T-shirts at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden on 30 October 2009, while appearing on The Graham Norton Show on 30 November 2009 (where she performed the new song “Full Steam”, a duet with singer David Gray), and most recently during a recorded perfomance for American Idol during the April 21 2010 fundraiser Idol Gives Back.
After the amazing success of Annie’s HIV/AIDS T-Shirt, we have pleasure in releasing a new print run in sizes Small through to XL.
Black, round neck t-shirt in ladies sizing. “HIV Positive” text in white on the front with “Fighting HIV/AIDS” message in white text on the back. This is part of the SING range, and has red SING logo on sleeve.

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