- Dec 2011
You can't really blame Ronnie for that, it was the pervading attitude of the time even the famously liberal Whitehouse press corps thought it was okay to laugh at gay stereotypes (not to mention Eddie Murphy). But you must remember AIDS was a tiny, tiny thing back then, the Cold War and Crack epidemic were considered much more important, it was only really later AIDS hit home, it really took Rock Hudson's tragedy.And remember how his administration thought AIDS was funny? His press secretary, Larry Speakes, thought persons dying was really hilarious!
Remember the gag order on the surgeon general? Reagan had to be re-elected and his base thought genocide was the way to go, so Koop was not allowed to warn the public about AIDS.
Yes, Ronnie's great lines were really side-splitting.