Thursday, December 1, 2011
A great clip from 'Designing Women' on World AIDS Day...
This scene and this episode of 'Designing Women' meant so much to me when it first aired in the late 1980s.
I was a closeted teenager living in homophobic and AIDS-phobic times, quite used to sad depictions on television and elsewhere of effeminate, weak gay men dying like helpless victims from AIDS. I remember one particularly awful scene on 'St. Elsewhere' in which a nameless gay man dying of AIDS in hospital announced to his doctors that he's cured because he's decided he wasn't "gay anymore."
But this episode of 'Designing Women' showed a relatively masculine gay male character (played by the handsome Tony Goldwyn) who was passionately supported by his female friends.
I'm happy to share it here today on this World AIDS Day and I hope it brings a smile to your face!