What do you think of someone being told they have just engaged in some really bad hate speech, by mentioning the name of a 1980s film.?

the article was about how sometimes people might mention the 1980s film called The band played on. which was made in the late 80s in response to the global effect of the HIV/ AIDS crisis. but its seems in many nations now (Such as Canada) its taken as an insult, because of the main theme of the film, about a general attack on homosexuals at the time, with terms like the gay plague on most newspapers in the world. so now its seems completely wrong to ever bring up the film ever again.

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    We erase our own history at peril of repeating it. This attempt to "whitewash" the past isn't very productive. But Canada's currently embroiled in an attempt to paint itself as European rather than North American culturally, so it's made some curious moves in its efforts to become the polar opposite of the US at this moment.

  • 5 months ago

    I personally don't think it is a form of hate speech. It was of its time and as such, should be seen by people. Whilst all of the causes and types of people who could catch it were not known then. If gay men were the ones presenting the symptoms, then it is understandable (not right though looking back) that they would end up as targets. Times have changed in both knowledge and attitude and as hard as some people might find it, if it wasn't for people such as Dr Gallo, the treatments might not be as good as they are. It was a frightening time back then. I remember adverts on TV about aids. Yes, some wrong things were surmised and it affected certain communities, but it doesn't make the early research any less important.

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