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  •  "Good enough"? What kind of cracked comment (1+ / 0-)
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    is that?  How about simply "people with HIV aren't bad people who deserve what they get"?  Most filmmakers who've tackled the topic recognize this.  To keep this in Perry's universe: he produced Precious, whose main character contracts HIV from rape, and it is no way her fault, and she is not being 'punished' for anything.  (There may be other angles where people found Precious offensive, but the reality of HIV was not one of them.)

    Nobody said it was a taboo topic.  In fact, there's a dearth of discussion of HIV in contemporary film, as if Hollywood's gotten bored with it.

    I recommend, if you haven't read it yet, the 2012 report (pdf) by the Black AIDS Institute, which goes into great detail about the complicated challenges to battling the epidemic-level of infection in the black community: among the biggest?  Stigmatization.  Fear.  HIV is what what bad people get for being bad.  In sum,

    And when the small-minded suggest that stigma and discrimination are more effective HIV control strategies than evidence-based prevention and treatment, we need to oppose them. (57)
    I'd also recommend the documentary Endgame: AIDS in Black America, which aired last year on Frontline.  It goes into detail on this issue of silence and stigma, as well.  The whole thing is online.

    It's very difficult to be invested in a topic like this and not find Perry's treatment of the topic so gross.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:37:50 PM PDT

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    •  Ah, but you've put your finger on it here: (1+ / 0-)
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      To keep this in Perry's universe: he produced Precious, whose main character contracts HIV from rape, and it is no way her fault, and she is not being 'punished' for anything.

      You see, the main character in Precious was one of the "innocent victims of HIV."  She was raped, and thus she is excused from (most) moral judgments.  The rest of us, though, are "guilty" of something, at least in the eyes of people like Perry.  

      Honestly, this discussion makes me feel like I've gone back to the 80s, when I had to listen to a bunch of televangelists, Republicans, and other assorted bigots tell gay men how immoral we were and how AIDS was something we all deserved.   I wish I could say I were stunned to see this kind of argument on a progressive blog, but sadly, I'm not.

      Anyway, recc'd for a great comment.

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:00:43 PM PDT

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