ACTUP=UNF?

It only took sixteen years.The ‘Silence = Death’ message of the AIDS activist organization ACT UP was a little too unpalatable for its time. The slogan was formulated in response to the Reagan administration’s failure to acknowledge the disease or devote any resources to finding a cure. Back then, it was all but impossible to rustle up any interest in the subject of AIDS.

But flip the pages of the calendar forward a sixteen or so years, and we now see a slightly soft-pedaled variation of that same message – ‘Apathy is Lethal‘ – as a cornerstone of the United Nations Foundation’s campaign to stem this global epidemic. It seems the world view is now virtually identical to the view that the AIDS activist visionaries of the ’80s were professing. Tragically, the delay in adopting such awareness has cost many millions of lives.

I don’t care how sorry anyone now feels for the bumbling old coot. Can anyone still say with a straight face that Reagan wasn’t evil, down to his core? Wouldn’t it be safe to say, since his administration did absolutely nothing regarding AIDS, that ‘Reagan is Lethal’?