Court Room Analysis

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Court Rooms are a place where everything can be changed in the matter of seconds. In my experience, court rooms are always packed with people who have no idea what really happened. In the movie, “And the Band Played On,” the court room they perceived was a lot like one I am familiar with. The room was packed, there was a lot of yelling, and not much of any kind of compromise was made. One of the actors says that the only reason the people were there was for money. That is something very familiar to me since my divorced parents are always fighting over money. Court is never something people want to experience and it is even worse when things do go the way you planned. In this particular scene from the movie, the doctors are uncomfortable and …show more content…
They were scared that one of their rights was going to be taken away. Bobbi Campbell says, “I would rather die as a human being than continue living as a freak,” and all the other men cheer in the court room. During this time period, gays were just starting to be accepted but it still wasn’t something everyone was comfortable with. Bobbi’s quote captures the fear that these gay men felt, especially during the time AIDS was discovered. These men had finally built a community and found an area that they could be comfortable. The movie portrays that even though they had found a “safe place,” they are still targeted. The movie only follows the gay men, not mentioning until later that women and children could also be exposed to AIDS. Part of only following the gay men does show that they were targeted during this time. After all, they did call it “The Gay Disease” at first. The gay men didn’t want to be in that court room as much as the doctors didn’t. However, they wanted to fight for their community. The Doctors also noticed the fear of these gay men, Dr. Watson said, “They’re human Dale, and they’re scared.” The doctor’s fear of this disease continuing to spread didn’t make sense to the gay men because the gay men felt like they were just being attacked for being …show more content…
The first case was in 1981. For three years, the gay community was targeted for their actions. Their community was threatened to be torn apart based of an assumption of AIDS being sexually transmitted. For these gay men, the most important thing was to be accepted. They didn’t care if they died from a disease if it meant they died being themselves. Until there was actual proof of this disease being sexually transmitted, all the gay men wanted was to continue to live in their accepted community. The court room scene shows the panic in the gay men as they were being targeted for a theory. Court can be a very stressful environment, especially when an entire community is being threatened. The gay men wanted to be left in peace, while the doctors wanted to save everyone. It isn’t until the disease is conformed to be sexually transmitted that the gay men understand the doctor’s intentions of closing the bath houses. The back and forth between the doctors and the gay men shows panic in both parties, and that being displayed in court just enables the anger

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