Larry Kramer: “Barbra Streisand is a hypocrite”
Larry Kramer’s anger at Barbra Streisand for acquiring the film rights to his play The Normal Heart but never making a movie is well known and surfaced again this week when Streisand issued a statement applauding the overturning of Proposition 8.
In a scathing post on the actup.org website, Kramer let loose on the Oscar-Grammy-Emmy winning star: “Barbra Streisand is a hypocrite. If she had made my play about aids, The Normal Heart, in 1976, when she first acquired the rights, only to sit on them for a full ten years without filming it, she could have done something for gay rights when we were really in the sewer of death.
But no, she chose to go off and make such vitally important and classic movies as Nuts and The Mirror Has Two Faces.
Barbra Streisand cares about gay rights as much as I care about spending a zillion dollars decorating a colony of houses in Malibu. As the mother of a son who is not only gay but hiv positive, she should be ashamed of herself.
Fortunately and at last, an exciting movie version is now being prepared by openly gay director-producer Ryan Murphy to star Mark Ruffalo. I hope it will prove that the best thing that happened for The Normal Heart is that Barbra Streisand didn’t make it. I think it is important for all her many gay fans around the world, which certainly had once included me, to know the above.”