Christopher Glazek, who was recently the subject of a flowery New York Times profile for his organization of the Yale AIDS Memorial Project, is pretty good at saying really dumb stuff possibly just to get attention from other people to bring awareness to his project and, let's face it, himself. Previously he shot off his mouth and said that him and his fellow Yalies "mostly saw it as an African problem, and a little bit as an inner-city American problem... Nobody ever talked about it as a disease among Yale students and staff.” Don't worry—the young Glazek hasn't yet stopped to put his foot in his mouth.
Last week, in an interview with Michelangelo Signorile on his SiriusXM OutQ radio show, Glazek made further comments that either prove he's incredibly ignorant, needs to hire a publicist, or is actually just using some terrible form of Trollgaze to bring attention to what could very well be a great project if it weren't for the overwhelming arrogance and privilege.
“I was born in 1985,” he continued. “When protease inhibitor cocktails [the first drugs to slow the progression of HIV] came out in 1996, I was 11. AIDS didn’t figure in my middle and upper school health curriculum even the way it did for these who were just three years older than me. My class was the first class that was kind of, in a way, post-epidemic.”
“My class was the first…” Nope! You’re wrong! But I suppose Glazek just assumes his cohort was the first of a “post-epidemic” class, whatever the hell that means, because he’s got his head too far up his ass to realize that there is no such thing as post-epidemic because the AIDS epidemic still exists.
Don’t worry, everyone. It doesn’t end there:
"It is historical for young people,” Glazek said about the interest in the early AIDS era, including two films out this year about the activist group ACT UP, "United in Anger" and "How to Survive a Plague." “It’s increasingly an object of intense fascination, particularly for young people. There’s something -- and I don’t know how older gays would feel about this [laughter] -- there’s something definitely compelling, almost glamourous, about AIDS culture and the AIDS era, and this really is an example of a gay community that really accomplished something and came together. And to be perfectly frank, I think for a lot of young gays with a more radical orientation, the gay marriage movement is something that seems less exciting.”
Yeah, there was something totally, totally glamorous about the concept of an unknown disease that was wiping away a generation of individuals. Ha ha ha ha ha, indeed, Mr. Glazek! Sure hope those “older gays” can see the humor in all of this! I bet those of that generation, which is still facing the aftermath of that first wave of the epidemic, which, let me remind you, still exists, totally appreciate all of the help and awareness you are bringing to how sexy “the AIDS era” was! Man, if only thousands of us were currently dying, we’d really get our asses into gear instead of bothering with that boring and lame concept of marriage. Gross!