Double Whammy For Ed Koch

Categories: Politics


Ed Koch was the mayor of New York during the early days of the AIDS crisis, but his real nightmare is actually happening right now!

Two classic plays that trash his response to the crisis are being concurrently revived, to great acclaim!

Firstly, Angels in America has a line in which closeted Koch is sexually poked fun at (it brings the house down every time), and there's another one in which the black nurse calls him a racist.

And Ed figures even more prominently in The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, currently on Broadway.

He's seen as a do-nothing who evaded the AIDS situation for political reasons, partly because he didn't want to be associated with something gay and also because he wanted to protect New York tourism from anything potentially icky.

In the play, the Kramer character and his activist cohorts go for a meeting with the Koch character (who's never seen), only to be left waiting for aeons, then finally greeted by the mayor's assistant.

The assistant -- who, it turns out, is also a closeted gay -- obfuscates the issue and totally blows them off.

Ed probably shouldn't leave the house for quite a while.

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While he may have put the crisis on the back burner, can one imagine of he had done in NYC what they did in San Francisco, which was close all of the gay bathhouses? He would've been pummeled and stomped to death. He erred on the side of politically absent. We needed a stronger force but not sure the gay community would have embraced him, so for him a lose-lose situation. But Larry Kramer pretty much nails it on his character, to be sure. But he was only part of the problem, not the cause of the disaster.


Ugh. I hda to drive over "his" bridge last night and I felt like ripping down the sign. And don't forget his immortal characterization in Shortbus. And the documentary Outrage which suggested Koch shipped his male lover out of New York for the duration of the campaign so he could make peolpe think he wsa boinking that hag Bess Myerson.


Let's go for three plays sliming him!!


And he still isn't out!!