Thursday, December 03, 2015

When AIDS Was 'Funny'

And all those Reagan worshipers wonder why LGBT people's blood boils every time we hear his name.

Via Joe.My.God: Vanity Fair has posted a short film titled "When AIDS Was Funny." The film compiles audio tapes of the homophobic mocking and belittling of gay people and people with AIDS that took place between Ronald Reagan spokesman Larry Speakes and the White House press pool.

VF writes:
Using never-before-heard audio tapes from three separate press conferences, in 1982, 1983, and 1984, When AIDS Was Funny illustrates how the reporter Lester Kinsolving, a conservative (and not at all gay-friendly) fixture in the White House press corps, was consistently scoffed at when he posed urgent questions about the AIDS epidemic. With snickering, homophobic jokes and a disturbing air of uninterest, Speakes dismisses Kinsolving’s concerns about the escalating problem. “Lester was known as somewhat of a kook and a crank (many people still feel the same way),” says Calonico. “But, at the time, he was just a journalist asking questions only to be mocked by both the White House and his peers.”
Watch HERE.

1 comment:

The Polar Beast said...

It reminds me of that scene in "The Way We Were" at the cocktail party after FDR has died.

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