Some Advice for Leto & McConaughey's Potential Oscar Speeches

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com January 15 2014 7:59 PM ET

Not too many LGBT people or those in the know about HIV were particularly pleased with Matthew McConaughey's and Jared Leto's acceptance speeches at the Golden Globes on Sunday for their roles in the film, Dallas Buyers Club. Now they've been nominated in acting categories for Academy Awards.

Alicia Menendez of Fusion TV addressed the pair, and used other journalists' commentaries on their speeches to pose possible advice, in the event they each win Oscars for their roles.

"I really would have loved it if you'd used this national platform in front of some of the bougiest, most influential Americans to remind everyone that HIV and AIDS persists as a reality," said Menendez. "Prove to us that you're the great actors I think you are by demonstrating that you've been touched and transformed by a reality that isn't your own. After all, more than 35 million people are living with HIV worldwide, 1.1 million live in the United States. We can't pretend that just because the risk of HIV has declined for some that it has been eradicated for all."

Watch the segment below: