It seems that getting his ass handed to him by the California authorities regarding his crusade to force mandatory condom usage onto the LA porn industry is not making AIDS Heath Care Foundation chief spokesman Michael Weinstein a happy camper these days. Now, he wants a higher authority to swoop in and give him what he has been denied previously...as in, the federal US Department of Health and Human Services.
Today, a cover letter using AHCF stationary was released to the public; the letter was sent simultaneously to the offices of the HHS, the California state Health Office, and the California state Health Inspector. (Strangely enough, it wasn't sent to Cal-OSHA.) The full letter was posted to the LukeIsBack.com blog; but here's a partial screen grab of its main contents (blown up for clarity).
Oh, really, Mr. Weinstein??? Do you really think that we don't read through this bullshit??
Ernest can take apart this nonsense far more ablely than I ever could..but even I can smell the crap coming from where I am.
That "AIM releases confidential medical information to anyone without their consent" meme?? Yeah, right. First of all, AIM is required BY LAW to reveal positive tests for HIV/AIDS to the effective political and health care jurisdictions...there is no option for refusing to violate the law.
What AIM is NOT required to do is to reveal ALL medical information about the contacts of a person found to have been tested positive in their testing regimen, unless the courts demand such an action. Gee..wasn't that exactly what Weinstein actually wanted Cal-OSHA and the LA Health Care authorities to do regarding "Patient Zero" and her contacts?? Unfortunately for Weinstein, that was shut down by the local courts.
It's breathtakinly funny -- actually, not really -- that Weinstein tries to place himself as a protector of the "rights of the performers", when his main mission is to deny them their freedom of choice regarding whether or not they want to perform with condoms or not.
And, oh, goodness...a company requires mandatory drug testing as a prerequisite of employment, and uses the results to determine employment. WOW, as if only porn companies were doing that in the name of discriminating against drug users. I figure that Weinstein would be equally opposed to megacorporations like Walmart drug-testing their associates-to-be and not employing those testing positive?? Or, does he think that mandating condoms would preclude that, too???
Madness. Just plain sheer madness.
UPDATE: XBiz.com now has a story up at their website on the Weinstein letter.