The Real Story Behind the Reagan Movie
Some opponents of the entertainment industry believe they scored a victory with the announcement by CBS President Leslie Moonves that the network was transferring a movie smearing former President Reagan from CBS to the Showtime cable channel. One of several controversial aspects is a depiction of Reagan as someone who believed that people with AIDS get what they deserve because "they that live in sin shall die in sin."
Friends and associates of Reagan say that he would never make such a statement. The statement is harsh and doesnít take into account the innocent victims of AIDS. But the fact is that many homosexual men who engage in promiscuous sex or drug abuse suffer from the disease and die from such behavior. This is a controversial view only to those in the militant homosexual-rights movement who donít want to believe the truth about the health consequences of their own lifestyle.
The interesting fact, as noted by Cal Thomas, is that the CBS Reagan miniseries is produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, two homosexual activists who will be honored with an award in Hollywood next March at a dinner sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual liberal lobby. The group says Meron and Zadan "are being honored for their sensitive and positive portrayal" of homosexual characters in numerous television projects, including the new ABC television series, "Itís All Relative." "Itís All Relative" is about parents whose son gets engaged to a woman whoís been brought up by two gay men. She "has not one but TWO dads," says ABC.
It is a sign of the times that a major controversy has developed over putting words into Reaganís mouth that make him out to be unsympathetic to homosexuals. In this case, of course, it is unfair to attribute such a statement to Reagan because he never uttered it. Newsmax reported that CBSís decision to pull the plug on its miniseries came on the heels of a letter to the network from Marc Christian, described as Rock Hudson's "ex-lover," who complained that the filmís portrayal of the 40th president as anti-homosexual was false.
In a letter to Moonves, Christian said, "The notion that President Reagan was a homophobe strikes me as silly beyond belief. Not only did he have several gay men on his staff when he was Governor of California, he called my lover, Rock Hudson when he was on his deathbed just weeks before he died of AIDS and wished him well and voiced his and Nancyís concern and prayers." Christian speaks affectionately of Hudson as his "lover," but he won $5.5 million from Hudsonís estate because Hudson, who had AIDS, subjected Christian to the risk of contracting the disease.
The letter was made public by Christianís friend, described by Newsmax as "conservative commentator Tammy Bruce." But she is much more than that. She is a lesbian feminist who has been tapped by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a member of his transition team. It is ironic that, in defending Reagan against CBS, conservatives have resorted to quoting homosexuals and lesbian feminists.
Cliff Kincaid is the Editor of the AIM Report and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org