Category: HIV Stigmas in US

Sony Attackers and James Franco; HIV Stigma Continues; Nash Grier and Homophobia;

Sony Attackers and James Franco

This isn’t something I would normally post, but since I’ve been following the interesting gay baiting tactics James Franco and Seth Rogan continue to do all over social media I think it’s the most important Franco related story out there to date. At least it beats his pretending to suck Seth Rogan’s face.

The Sony Attackers, who refer to themselves as The Guardians of Peace, are now threatening horrific terrorist attacks at movie theaters where Franco and Rogan’s film, The Interview, will be playing. The film is a satire about North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. According to many reviews so far, this movie really sucks and that has nothing to do with terrorists. This is from Variety:

Oppressive, fascistic dictatorships have proved fertile ground for comic filmmakers from Chaplin and Lubitsch to Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino (whose “Inglourious Basterds” is another obvious reference point here). But “The Interview” is scarcely as funny or absurd as the average news item about North Korea itself, with two main characters who are so aggressively annoying that you secretly hope the assassination plot will turn against them. Franco, who can be an inspired, inventive actor when he wants to be, plays Skylark as a smart person’s idea of a stupid person, and after a while his puppyish energy and incessant ear-to-ear grin become toxic to behold. Rogen, meanwhile, soldiers along as dutifully as he can, playing his sad-sack Sancho Panza routine to diminishing returns. Where oh where are Team America: World Police when we really need them?

But this, below, sounds very serious, and the bad reviews aren’t the only reason The Interview is making headlines:

“We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places [sic] “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to,” the chilling message reads.

“Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made,” it continues. “The world will be full of fear.

“Remember the 11th of September 2001.”

The hackers caution people from going to the showings and even advise them to leave their homes if they live close to a theater showing the film.

“The Interview” is set to premiere on Christmas Day.

 You can read the rest here.

The article goes on to mention more about the Sony attacks. There are varying opinions everywhere on the entire topic. Some say we’re giving in to terrorists by avoiding the film. Some are genuinely afraid. Others don’t feel the need to support another bad film by Franco and Rogan just to make a statement.

HIV Stigma Continues

I’ve posted more than once about how HIV and the stigma attached to it continues to fester all over the world, even here in the US. There’s an interesting study out, and here are a few findings.

  • 97 percent of people interviewed reported experiencing at least one legal issue in the past year.

  • On average, respondents reported having over six such issues in the past year alone. Some of the top areas included consumer law and debt (48%), accessing health care (46%), housing (43%), and immigration (18.9%).

  • Over 1 in 4 reported experiencing HIV discrimination within the last 5 years (28%). 16 percent reported it within the last year alone.
  • Of respondents who reported experiencing HIV discrimination within the last year, over half experienced discrimination in health care settings, one third in employment, and almost one fifth in housing.

  • Despite the large number of legal needs, only 16 percent of individuals who identified a legal need received legal assistance. Of those who tried to access legal services, 20 percent felt that their legal provider was insensitive to people living with HIV.

I posted about my dealings as POA with my HIV poz friend who had to fight to get his disability insurance reactivated after it was denied due to a mix up at a doctor’s office…took him over six months to get it back. We needed an attorney to handle that. I didn’t feel comfortable doing it alone.

What they don’t go into detail about is the stigma within the gay community itself when it comes to HIV. 

The rest is here. 

Nash Grier and Homophobia

I’ve also posted about Nash Grier, a Vine star, who posted what’s been dubbed as a homophobic rant on Vine. This time I’m on his side and I think the gay guy who wrote this article needs a kick in his big gay ass.

The video is about HIV/AIDS and ends with Grier screaming the word “FAAAAAG!” before smirking into the camera.

Even though Grier received praise from the idiots in his small North Carolina high school at the time of the video release, it didn’t go over well with the rest of the world and Grier has been taking heat from it ever since. The article to which I’m linking doesn’t even have an ounce of sympathy for him. And frankly, I find that highly disingenuous of the author since this particular publication I’m linking to is the first to exploit and sensationalize gay men, the first to promote gay baiting, the first to pass off advertorials as real articles, and the first to present the fresh hells of all things queer for the sake of clickbait. I could run out of room if I continue to list them. But I digress.

I feel sorry for Grier. He was young and he made a mistake. And now he’s on a campaign to rectify his mistake. He wrote an op-ed piece for Huff Po.

“As humans we’re going to make mistakes,” Grier writes. “I, Nash Grier, have made more mistakes than I can remember. Some big, some small, some nobody has seen, and some millions of people have seen.”

He includes this, in his very heartfelt, honest, humble apology.

“I never once had a problem with someone’s sexuality or sexual preference,” Grier insists. “I can’t stress to you enough how far off the title ‘homophobic’ is from my actual personality.”

He continues to apologize and give examples to the point where he might be overcompensating a little bit. But he’s just a kid, an honest young guy who’s trying his best. He’s not the President with advisers…and he’s not a big movie star like James Franco laughing at gay people daily. Who in this world is so perfect they’ve never said or done something they regret? And yet THIS is what the gay asshole who wrote the article said:

In all seriousness, we’re not about to continue holding a grudge against a teenager. He did a dumb thing. We know it. He knows it. So, Nashy boy, we’ll accept your apology. Hell, we’ll accept your acceptance and respect, too. But then we’re going to cast you back off into obscurity.

Bon voyage.

Well, Nash, just so you know. Not all gay people feel that same way that snarky asshole feels. I’m gay and I believe your apology and I don’t think you’re homophobic. It takes a big person to apologize that way in public. I think it’s the first real apology I’ve seen regarding this issue. Don’t let some hack of a writer who’ll do anything for a buck like the one above push you into obscurity.


The rest is here.  The comments are mixed. Evidently, a few agree with me. A few don’t seem to be up on technology or the way celebrity and fandom is changing, with respect to up and coming Vine and Youtube stars.

Chase of a Christmas Dream