Frank Ocean is catching heat for promoting his new LGBT+ nightclub by selling $60 t-shirts featuring HIV drug PrEP on the front.
The 31-year-old singer launched his first LGBT+ nightclub in New York City called PrEP+, which is named after the antiviral medication taken by MSM - men who have sex with men - to prevent HIV transmission.
The T-shirts went on sale on Ocean's website following Thursday's launch of the PrEP+ club party Ocean hosted in New York City.
Ocean also promoted the sale of the t-shirts on his Twitter page @blondedocean. "Tee's also come in a black colorway," he tweeted.
Critics took issue with the high cost of the cotton t-shirts: $60. An activist with the New York chapter of Act Up, an HIV/AIDS advocacy group, tweeted Saturday that the shirt's price tag is reminiscent of the steep mark-up of the PrEP drug by pharmaceutical company Truvada.
A $60 tee with "PrEP" on it.
Sounds familiar to a pharmaceutical company that marks up the price of PrEP to over $2,000/month while it costs $6 to make a month supply. This is not it Frank."
The activist also suggested Ocean should donate the proceeds for the shirt to HIV/AIDS advocacy groups such as Act Up.
Coulda also been thoughtful if all the funds went to service providers, PrEP navigators, and HIV justice and treatment orgs, but who asked us?"
Others chimed in, asking Ocean if he planned to donate the proceeds to companies that give out PrEP for free.
frank ocean selling shirts that say prep on them for $60 like ummmmm are you using the profits to donate to orgs that give out prep for free???? bc otherwise yikes my dude!"
Another Twitter user wrote:
"But sure, let's have Frank Ocean use a pill millions can't afford to promo new music at a fake queer party and to sell $65 shirts".
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Police in North Carolina are warning men to be aware of their surroundings when they go out drinking late at night.
Wilmington police say 11 men, including military servicemen, have been attacked or sexually assaulted after leaving area bars at night, the Newsobserver.com reports.
The men, including seven members of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps., were attacked in downtown Wilmington around the time bars closed for the night.
"Police have now identified four victims who may have been sexually assaulted," officials said Wednesday on Facebook.
The attacks and sexual assaults date back to January 2018, police say.
Officials discovered a link between the assaults when the attacks began escalating a few weeks ago. The men were attacked then robbed before being sexually assaulted.
Police have stepped up patrols in areas around bars and nightclubs in downtown Wilmington.
Officials caution men who drink in public establishments to please exercise caution, travel in groups, and don't leave drinks unmonitored. Don't drink and drive and never leave a bar with a stranger.
Singer Frank Ocean has opened his first LGBT+ nightclub in New York City after retiring from the music biz. Ocean's music career went the way of the dinosaurs after he came out as homosexual when he left the hip-hop collective Odd Future to go solo.
Now the 31-year-old Scorpio is back on the scene - but not as a hip-hop artist. The "Novacane" singer launched his first LGBT+ nightclub in New York City.
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Ocean will be throwing his grand opening party on Thursday night called PrEP+ in New York, The Blast reports. The name PrEP+ comes from the prescription drug taken by MSM (men who have sex with men) to prevent the transmission of HIV.
Ocean announced PrEP+ is "an ongoing safe space made to bring people together and dance. PrEP+ will welcome globally celebrated DJs."
After everything he's gone through, Ocean says his LGBT+ nightclub will not tolerate hate of any kind. If you are not ghey-friendly, you will not be welcomed at PrEP+.
50 Cent is considering taking legal action after a New York commander told officers to shoot the rapper "on sight" after a dispute over a nightclub's liquor license.
Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez is now under investigation after he allegedly told officers during a morning roll call at a Brooklyn precinct last summer to shoot the rapper on sight, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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