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The New Elephant Man

8/15/2006 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sportscaster and basketball great John Salley is teaming up with one of the biggest stars in Hollywood to help fight a deadly epidemic. His new co-star? A two ton elephant names Susie.

In a new 30-second Public Service Announcement to air on VH1, John Salley and Susie build off of the old adage "There's an elephant in the room, and no one's talking about it." Salley walks through an office building with Susie, who wears a visitor name badge marked "AIDS." The voice-over reminds viewers that AIDS is still a global pandemic, and it's time to talk about it.

The spot kicks the "Hope Spreads Faster Than AIDS" campaign. The PSA was shot in Los Angeles in July and produced by VH1's creative team. VH1 will begin airing the spot this week.


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Education about AIDS is greatly needed. Sadly, the information is available but most people have the “not me” syndrome, poor fools. AIDS does not care if you’re rich or poor, young or old, black or white (or anything in-between), educated or uneducated, etc.

The saddest experience in my life was losing my best friend to AIDS. I love and miss you Joey where every you are.

2968 days ago

Diana Baker    

This is a great spot!

2968 days ago

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