It’s The Sun..

Episode 4 of It’s A Sin is broadcast on Channel 4 tonight. I’ve already watched the series and I thought I’d post a quick comment, but don’t worry – no spoilers. Tonight’s episode is set in 1988 – when I was living in Brighton – and to give you an idea of what attitudes were like at that time here is a typically foul “opinion” piece published in The Sun in 1988:

I hope you can understand why many of us are still angry. Times have changed, but we need to be aware that they could easily change back. The Tories were not, are not, and will never be our friends.

The series has had a big impact on me, which is why I keep posting about it from time to time. It has reminded me of many terrible things that happened, but perhaps surprisingly my recollection of that period is that there were very many good times too and I am glad that it made many happy memories come back too.

8 Responses to “It’s The Sun..”

  1. The Tories were not, are not, and will never be our friends.

    Taking the the-enemy-of-my-enemy-might-be-my-friend concept in an interesting (and based-on-a-true-story) direction, have you ever seen the movie Pride? I think that you mentioned here a while back that you hadn’t.

    As there any openly LGB Tories?

  2. Spending too much time in the Sun can be bad for you

  3. It’s a Sin is coming to a streaming service I have access to (HBO Max in the US) next week. I am definitely going to watch it.

    I was an adolescent and young adult during the period in which it’s set. Looking back, it’s shocking how little attention I paid to the AIDS crisis for most of that time. Of course I knew it was happening, but it felt very far removed from me. I’m sure that’s related to the fact that I hardly knew any openly LGB (and certainly no T!) people until near the end of that period. Although I tended to move in politically progressive circles, where support for gay rights in the abstract was strong, my friends in high school and university who later came out as gay clearly did not feel safe being out at the time.

    I don’t think that I did much to exacerbate that hostile environment, but I know that I didn’t take active steps to make it better. I regret that.

    • telescoper Says:

      It will be interesting to see how well it transfers to an American audience. I think it’s a bit too close to my own memories for me to be truly objective. I don’t want to give out any spoilers but Episode 3 in particular had me in pieces.

      • Actually, my queue of near-future TV viewing includes a US drama also focusing on gay men and AIDS in the 1980s: the TV film version of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart, which is also available on HBO in the US. I saw a stage production of this play a few years ago, and I remember it being quite moving.

        Aside from the transatlantic differences, these two differ in the time they were written: Kramer’s play is from 1985, so it’s a product of the middle of the period, rather than “recollected in tranquility” many years later.

        As I recall, The Normal Heart is not at all subtle. I don’t mean that as a criticism, and I don’t think Kramer would take it as such: he was crying out in the middle of a horrifying crisis, and subtlety wasn’t his aim.

        I probably won’t watch these back-to-back; that seems like it might be a bit much.

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