The Age Of Aids By Rock Hudson

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a) One of the most powerful scenes in the documentary “The Age of Aids” is the scene where society learned about the death of the well-known actor Rock Hudson. When Rock Hudson died from AIDS, panic emerges all over the United States. It was then evident that AIDS was not a “gay man 's disease”, but rather a disease that anyone could contract. Now women, straight men, and the rest of the population were at risk of contracting AIDS. This scene is very powerful because it demonstrates that society is ignorant and does not care about others unless something affects them, loved ones, or someone famous. Furthermore, when gay people were believed to be the only individuals that could be affected by AIDS, society did not care because the majority of Americans knew that there was no chance that they could acquire it. Nonetheless, Rock Hudson was considered a ladies man and, therefore, when he died from AIDS people began to panic because they knew he was straight and if he could get AIDS then people all over the world were at risk of getting AIDS. This scene also elucidated that a large number of Americans were against gay people. If Americans were not against gay people, then they would not have become enraged if the government would put taxpayers dollars towards stopping the spread of AIDS. Once it was clear that AIDS could be contracted by anyone, Americans were fine with taxpayers dollars going towards finding a cure or stopping the spread of this worldwide epidemic. Another…

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