Mark Ruffalo and Larry Kramer at the Emmy Awards 2014 [X]
OK PLEASE FUCKING LISTEN
Larry Kramer actually came to the Emmy awards. He’s in critical health right now and does not go out a lot.
Thirty years ago he wrote a play called The Normal Heart. Everything he wrote was true. He changed a few names, but every word, every event; it all happened. He literally wrote a play about himself and his friends who suffered brutally through the AIDS epidemic, before it even had a name, when they were literally pioneers of radical social change and modern queer activism.
The stuff that he and his friends did - without them, queer people (in the US at least) would literally not have the rights that they have today.
The fact that the movie adaptation (which I defy you to watch without feeling shocked, deeply moved and affected and crying) lost out to anything at all is so angering and so beyond me.
But the fact that it lost out to something which is so full of crap on every conceivable level is ridiculous.
We complain about Ryan Murphy but at least he is not a mysogynistic queer-erasing insensitive asshole, like the writer he lost out to. And ultimately the award for writing wouldn’t even belong to Ryan, it would belong to Larry.
Many people see Larry Kramer as jaded, angry and bitter. I say, can you blame him? He endured his entire community literally dying around him while everyone else remained silent. His lover more or less died in his arms, but not before he had to watch him slowly wither away. He has every right to be angry. His government and fellow citizens failed him in every way possible.
There are a lot of AIDS plays but The Normal Heart is possibly the most important. I’m seething that these actors and this writer have been colossally overlooked. But most of all I’m incredibly angry that the injustice, trivialisation and erasure of this disease and its victims still continues.