I’d really like to but I’ve been crying off and on for two hours but I’m not sure I can. I just finished watching the HBO movie The Normal Heart based on the play by Larry Kramer (who I just discovered married his husband in an ICU unit last year) about the very beginning of the AIDS outbreak in the US and all the politics involved. The entire cast was spectacular. Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer… all of them. I’m emotionally spent. I was in high school when the HIV/AIDS outbreak began in the US. As an adult, seeing the political drama involved and the inner workings of the NYC gay community coming together, and at times falling apart was very difficult to watch. I have to say I became a Ryan Murphy fan tonight as well.
Only twenty minutes in, I wanted to stop watching. It is one of the most gut wrenching movies you will ever see. But I really needed to know what happened next. Mark Ruffalo’s character is loosely based on the life of playwright Larry Kramer who at age 78 continues to fight for gay rights. Despite several serious health scares in the past year, he continues to write and is currently working on a sequel. And he is just as abrasive as ever, just recently calling out Barbra Streisand for not exercising her rights to the movie because she (according to Kramer) found the gay scenes, “distasteful.” My understanding is that Ryan Murphy personally purchased the movie rights from Streisand to make the movie.
So as I was sitting her a bit numb with a tear-stained face, a commenter sent me a link to a fantastic article about the opening of PUMP, Lisa Vanderpump’s new gay club/wedding location for gay men written by Justin Huang. Justin is a hell of a writer. I urge you to go read the entire post that reviews Vanderpump’s newest venture not just for the RHOBH tea, but to see what good writing looks like.
There is a lot of tea, both literal and figurative in his piece, like this little gem about Lisa’s labor of love to make PUMP into a pink perfection, “So if anyone is wondering why I couldn’t make a certain finger-painting party on the show, this is why.”
And there is also the fact that she is currently filming Vanderpump Rules and has been asked to return to RHOBH while others are waiting by the phone as filming is delayed while production makes casting decisions. On that development, Lisa sips her English tea and tells Justin, “Revenge is sweet.”
I’d like to thank the commenter from the bottom of my heart for sending that link. Not just because Justin Huang gives good blog, but because it helped me move on from the movie and back into the present 30 years later when gay people are finally getting all the things, albeit slowly, that Larry Kramer ranted on and on for them to get.