Queen Latifah Offers Up Some Life Support

Queen Latifah is starring in the HBO movie Life Support which premieres on March 10th and tells the story of Ana Wallace, a woman who contracted AIDS from her husband, an intravenous drug user. In a recent effort with MovieWeb, Latifah had plenty to say about the disease, its prevention, and those who suffer from it:

LatifahLatifah: “The reason a disease like that can spread like it has is because you get caught up looking at my face and I get caught up looking at yours, that you get caught up looking at a gay man who had it and saying ‘I’m not gay so I’m not going to get it.’

…That was the problem right off the bat with AIDS. We looked at it as a gay man’s disease, and we let everybody else catch it because we told them it was just you because we were prejudiced as a country against gay people, and we are to this day. So because of that, now everybody is susceptible to it. It’s just the same way you put drugs in a black community. You can’t put drugs in one community. Drugs feel too good. So whoever gets a hold of it is going to do it. Now everyone’s community is affected by it.

…When we understand that we are a human race, what affects you affects me, what affects her affects you and so on and so on, then we’ll look at this thing for what it really is. It’s a disease that’s out to kill all of us. It’s out to live in all of our bodies, and we’re out to keep it out. It’s that simple with HIV and AIDS at the end of the day. What will make it continue is our prejudices, our ideas about it, and the fact that we don’t look at ourselves as one giant community and protect each other’s children and protect each other’s wives, and deal with our issues.”

Love this woman. Read the full interview here.

Comments

  1. ABrancher says

    Queen Latifah…..WOW…..What a Woman.
    Bet you all in the USA wish she was running for President!

  2. Carlos says

    Yeah. like it takes courage to speak against AIDS in 2006!! Ha!..When is she going to actually stop being a coward and come out of the closet! HUH? Loved the fact that she was paired with that other closet case John Travolta at the Oscars!

  3. werdna says

    Uh, she didn’t “contract AIDS” from her husband, she contracted HIV. Small point, but geez…

  4. Damon says

    Queen. Awesome as always.

    Carlos. Can we ship this guy and other trite queens like him to another planet or something?

  5. lee Gordon says

    Im sorry, but until she has the balls to come out of the closet, and take on homophobia in rap music, which, she at times, has perpetuated. Im not out to push her latest movie. Sorry.

  6. Cadence says

    Lee Gordon, can you give some examples of how she has pushed homophobia.

    And unless you have actually seen her having sex with another woman, how can you speak on her sexuality? It seems to me that guesses about her sexuality are based more on her body type and the way she dresses, which is pretty homophobic, instead on actual proof about who she is attracted to.

  7. Cadence says

    Carlos, it may not take a lot of courage, but she is one of the few people who I’ve heard say that HIV effects everyone, and that people should look beyond sexuality in order to protect themselves. It seems that even gay activist don’t realize don’t realize that this should be the message.

  8. mikey says

    Having HIV is no longer always fatal. Magic Johnson has had it since 1991, and he’s still fit and healthy by all accounts. Some men have been living with HIV for over 20 years. I think it needs to be understood that it isn’t always deadly.

  9. angelo says

    If you have anonymous promiscuous sex, then of course you’re opening yourself up to an increased risk of catching a venereal disease, whether it be herpes or syphilis or immunodeficiency. It’s like eating a beef pattie consisting of meat from 10 cows as opposed to one cow. The pattie that is made from the meat of 10 cows will present a greater risk than the one made from the meat of one cow.

    Personally, I abhor this culture of promiscuous anonymous sex that pervades a part of the gay scene. It’s a recipe for disaster.

  10. Cadence says

    Mikey, we can’t say who will live for 20 years with the virus, and who will die five years after being diagnosed. The message should be that there is no need to contract the virus if you practice safe sex and know your status and the status of your partner(s), not that the virus is no longer a big deal.

  11. Luke says

    I’m with you Angelo, until this trolling online for anonymous sex partners, HIV will continue to spread, and if you get it via unsafe sex,or sleeping with way too many partners you are a fool and have no one to blame but yourself.

    As for the Queen, I don’t know if she is gay or not, but, I wouldn’t bet the house that she is straight. If, she does not want to come out of her closet, that’s her business, I would rather for her and others who are in it to stay in it since they care about a career and money more than anything else, and not be dragged out kicking and screaming like TR Knight and then hailed a “hero,” since heroes are the out and proud gay men and women who actually are trying to make the world a better place and end the intolerance and gate.