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Critique of Philadelphia (the movie)

"Theyareyourfriends, yoursibling, yourguardianandyoursignificantother.Theyareyourminister, yourteacher, yourbank-teller, yourdoctor, yourmail-carrier, yourroommateandyourcongressionalrepresentative" (Mohr 1).
Theyareeverywhere, eveninyourworkplace.
Mohr, the authorofAMorePerfectUnion, wasreferringtohomosexuals.Gaysandlesbianshavebecomeacontemporarysocialissue.Forsixyearsnow, thehomosexualissuehasbeendramatizedinthemedia.Theissuequicklycarriedoverintotheworkplace.Althoughtheworkplaceisbecomingthenewfrontierinthebattleforgayrightsandequality (Winfeld 39), gaysaresubjecttowidespreaddiscriminationinemployment.Inonesuchcase, amanlikeAndrewBeckettwasfiredfromaprestigiouslawfirmbecausehewasgayandhadAIDS.Imagine, ifyoucan, workingforalawfirmandjustbeingpromoted.Youareaqualified, experienced, efficientworker.But, youarealsogayandhaveAIDS.Sinceyouarebeingplaguedbylegions, andnomakeupcanconcealyourillness, youhavenochoicebuttoworkathomeorlate-nightattheoffice.Someoneunknowntoyoudiscoversyourillnessandsexualorientationanddecidestosabotageyou.Youhaverecentlybeenworkingonthefirm'smostimportantcase.Youleaveacopyofthecaseonadiskonyourdesk.Thefollowingday, itisnowheretobefound.Adaylater, thediskisfoundandyouarefired.Youfeelyouweresettoappearirresponsibleandincompetent, butyouwerereallyfiredbecauseyouhaveAIDSandaregay.
Thisscenarioistakenfromthebox-officehitPhiladelphia.This1993dramabecamethe firstmovietoopenlydiscussAIDS, thus…