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WORLD AIDS DAY - WATCH:"Longtime Companion" (1989) The First Theatrical Movie About AIDS - VIDEO

World AIDS Day – WATCH: “Longtime Companion” (1989) The First Theatrical Wide Release Movie About the AIDS Crisis – FULL VIDEO


Longtime Companion  is a 1989 film with Bruce Davidson, Campbell Scott, Patrick Cassidy, and Mary-Louise Parker was first wide-release theatrical film to deal with the subject of AIDS. 

The film takes its title from the words The New York Times used to describe the surviving same-sex partner of someone who had died of AIDS during the 1980’s instead of using the word partner, or lover.

The movie chronicles the first years of the AIDS epidemic as seen through eyes of several New York City gay men and the straight sister of one of them and the impact it has on them.

The movie is split into several sections identified by dates from July 3, 1981 when the New York Times published its first article about the rise of a new “gay cancer.” to 1989.

“Bearing the burden of being the first film about AIDS, Longtime Companion (which premiered at Sundance Fest) it had the task of placing the crisis on the national agenda, which meant a gentler, kinder tone; even so, it’s a touching, sensitive film that helps us understand the bravery and gallantry of those who have been forced in the prime of life to confront death and grief.” –Emmaunnel Levy

Over a quarter century later, Longtime Companion remains both an essential film in the history of the AIDS epidemic and an enduring portrait of grief and loss. Yet in recent years, Longtime Companion has fallen into an undeserved obscurity.  It’s currently not available on any streaming platforms (except the Youtube version below) and the DVD is out of print.

Though AIDS (then GRIDS) as an obscure and seemingly isolated medical crisis — one that had been introduced to most of the country via a 1981 New York Times story featuring an ominous, and now infamous headline, “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals” — it had exploded into a terrifying deadly epidemic with no end in sight.

I lived in NYC during this time. I worked and went to the bars in the NYC’s greenich Village, The Anvil, The Mineshaft, Fire Island, the St. Marks Baths, and the porn theaters.  I was there.  I personally buried so many friends that younger LGBT people of our community today cannot imagine it let alone believe it.  But as wonderful as LC might be it will never come close to portraying the road from happiness to the fear and horror of that era. The liberation of the late 70’s to the plague of the mid 80’s. And the burying of friends and loved ones week after week while wondering who was next and scared to death that it might be you.

And no one in power gave a shit.

To this day I grieve for all the friends that I lost and often think to myself “Why me? Why did I survive while so many of my friends didn’t”  I was no better and in some cases so much worse.  I ask this question to myself day after day and probably will until the day I die and I see them again.

It’s impossible for people who didn’t live through it to understand the depths of the pain, loss and anger AIDS brought to my generation.  And what ramifications we live with today because of it.

No movie could capture the true horror of those years and what gay men faced in major cities. But Longtime Companion does touch upon the confusion, and and loss that we shared and just might actually help the  younger members of the LGBT community understand the devastation that our community suffered. And why the survivors today are so angry and fight so hard for a cure and equality.

We fight now only for us.  But also for those we lost.

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*Longtime Companion is still rated 100% FRESH at RottenTomatoes.com

World AIDS Day 2019 - Remembering Those We Lost

World AIDS Day 2022 – Remembering Those We Lost: The AIDS Memorial Quilt

World AIDS Day 2016: View The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Online

In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.

The idea for the AIDS Quilt was conceived in November of 1985 by long-time San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones. Jones after learning that over 1,000 San Franciscans had been lost to AIDS. He asked each of his fellow marchers to write on placards the names of friends and loved ones who had died.  Jones and others stood on ladders taping these placards to the walls of the San Francisco Federal Building. The wall of names looked like a patchwork quilt.

Jones and friends made plans for a larger memorial. A little over a year later, he created the first panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt in memory of his friend Marvin Feldman.  Response to the Quilt was immediate. People in the U.S. cities most affected by AIDS — Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco — sent panels to the San Francisco workshop. Generous donors rapidly supplied sewing machines, equipment and other materials, and many volunteered tirelessly.

The mission of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Archive Project is to preserve the powerful images and stories of our fallen brothers and sisters and expand our AIDS awareness and HIV prevention education efforts.

To date all more than 50,000  hand-crafted 3-by-6 panels commemorating the lives of more than 105,000 people who died of AIDS or related illnesses creating a moving and permanent visual record of the AIDS pandemic.

Last month  it was announced that AIDS Memorial Quilt is returning home to San Francisco and will be housed at the  to the National AIDS Memorial in San Francisco where you can search for panels of loved ones and friends.

God bless all our fallen they will be in our hearts and our memories  now and always.

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Gay History – December 1st: World AIDS Day, Alvin Ailey, Puritan Sex Panic and Pat Robertson Goes Crazy Again.

World AIDS Day


December 1st:

1642The General Court of Connecticut adopted a list of 12 capital crimes, including “man lying with man.” The law was based on the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s Body of Liberties of 1641 the first legal code established by European colonists in New England

1901El Universal, a Mexican newspaper, reported that police raided a party attended by single women. The article implied that the women were lesbians.

1975 – Feminist writer Jill Johnston wrote an essay “Are Lesbians Gay?” in which she explained why she believed it was absurd for lesbians to align themselves with the gay movement. And thus began the fracturing and compartmentalizing of our community. 

1976 – In Florida, Willard Allen was released from a mental hospital 26 years after he was ordered by a judge to be held there for having sex with another man. His doctors had been recommending his release for almost 20 years.

1980 – The American Journal of Psychiatry published an article recommending religion as a cure for homosexuality.

1981  The Worldwide Church of God (now Grace Communion International) published “The Plain Truth,” which speculated that the illnesses being diagnosed in gay men were God’s penalty for promiscuity.

1982The US House of Representatives voted to provide $2.6 million in funding to the Centers for Disease Control to fight AIDS.  The amount of money that was mere peanuts considering the severity of the disease.

1986 – After being convicted of sodomy, a Georgia man was fined $1,000, sentenced to 10 years probation, and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

1988 – The first World AIDS Day was sponsored by the World Health Organization.  World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.  Between 1981 and 2007 alone AIDS had killed more than 25 million people and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide were living with HIV making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history.  

World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987  by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Bunn and Netter took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be December 1st.

Get tested and play safe or take PReP.  AIDS is not over yet.  The responsibility is your own.

1989 – African-American dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey died of complications from AIDS. Ailey, an African-American choreographer and activist founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. and is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century concert dance. His company gained the nickname “Cultural Ambassador to the World” because of its extensive international touring. Alvin Ailey’s choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance.

1997  The National Black Lesbian Gay Leadership Forum participated in a meeting with President Clinton to encourage greater inclusion of African American gays and lesbians in the President’s Initiative on Race.

1998 – Officials in Miami Florida voted 7-6 to pass a law prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians in employment and housing. Anita Bryant was not happy.

1999 – On the 700 Club, televangelist Pat Robertson denounced Canada’s leaders because a commercial printer who refused to print stationary for the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives lost a suit charging that he violated Canadian law. He urged Canadian viewers to “throw out those crazies who are now running the country.” He implied that a pastor who said that incest and child molestation are wrong could be imprisoned for holding such beliefs. .

2004Project Runway debuts on Bravo and introduces viewers to avuncular judge Tim Gunn and his catchphrase, “Make it work!” The popular reality series includes many openly lesbian and gay contestestants and judges and most recently on this seasons Project Runway All Stars its first transsexual contestant

2012 – West Point’s military chapel hosts its first same-sex wedding.

VP Mike Pence Finds It "Offensive" That We Are Offended By His Wife Teaching At Anti-LGBT School

Mike Pence Tells Multiple Lies In World AIDS Day Address, Fails To Mention Gay Victims

Via a press release from the Democratic National Committee:

Today, Mike Pence hosted the White House’s World HIV/AIDS Day event. During the event, Pence failed to acknowledge the LGBT community for the second year in a row and lied about the administration’s record combating HIV. Here are some of the lies he told, and some of the truths he forgot to mention:


  1. Pence boasted about the success of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, despite the fact the Trump administration diverted funds from the program to offset the costs of its immigration family separation policy. Poz: “Trump Agency Is Using Federal HIV Funds to Separate Immigrant Families”

  1. Pence celebrated the 15th anniversary of PEPFAR, calling it “one of the most successful investments in health care and humanitarian aid in American history,” while Trump’s budget proposal slashed the initiative’s funding. Daily Beast: “Trump’s Budget Cut for HIV/AIDS Would Kill 300,000 People Per Year, Report Says”

  1. Pence claimed Trump brought a “renewed energy and focus” to the battle against HIV/AIDS.  I mean, come on. [see below]


  1. Trump fired the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS after several members quit because Trump “doesn’t care” about the issue. Huffington Post: “Trump Terminated All Members Of HIV/AIDS Council Without Explanation”

  1. Trump still hasn’t appointed anyone to lead the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. Washington Blade: “Trump needs AIDS wake-up call”

  1. Trump announced the “Deploy or Get Out” rule, which could remove HIV+ military personnel from service. Newsweek: “How Trump’s ‘Deploy or Get Out’ Policy Could See People With HIV Kicked Out of Military For No Reason”

  1. Pence, while governor of Indiana, opposed a needle exchange program and exacerbated the local HIV/AIDS crisis. Politico: “How Pence’s slow walk on needle exchange helped propel Indiana’s health crisis”


Trump’s World AIDS Day Proclamation Makes No Mention Of The Diseases Impact On Gay Men





The first documented cases of the human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) 36 years ago became the leading edge of an epidemic that swept across the United States and around the globe, devastating millions of individuals, families, and communities. As a Nation, we felt fear and uncertainty as we struggled to understand this new disease. In the decades since through public and private American leadership, innovation, investment, and compassion we have ushered in a new, hopeful era of prevention and treatment. Today, on World AIDS Day, we honor those who have lost their lives to AIDS, we celebrate the remarkable progress we have made in combating this disease, and we reaffirm our ongoing commitment to end AIDS as a public health threat.

Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, more than 76 million people around the world have become infected with HIV and million have died from AIDS. As of 2014, 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. On this day, we pray for all those living with HIV, and those who have lost loved ones to AIDS.

As we remember those who have died and those who are suffering, we commend the immense effort people have made to control and end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In the United States, sustained public and private investments in HIV prevention and treatment have yielded major successes. The number of annual HIV infections fell 18 percent between 2008 and 2014, saving an estimated $14.9 billion in lifetime medical costs. We have also experienced successes around the globe. Through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and its data-driven investments in partnership with more than 50 countries, we are supporting more than 13.3 million people with lifesaving anti-retroviral treatment. We remain deeply committed to supporting adolescent girls and young women through this program, who are up to 14 times more likely to contract HIV than young men in some sub-Saharan African countries. Our efforts also include the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS free, Mentored, and Safe) public-private partnership, which has resulted in a 2540 percent decline in new HIV infections among young women in districts in 10 highly affected African countries during the last 2 years.

While we have made considerable progress in recent decades, tens of thousands of Americans are infected with HIV every year. My Administration will continue to invest in testing initiatives to help people who are unaware they are living with HIV learn their status. Internationally, we will rapidly implement the recent “PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control “(2017-2020), which uses data to guide investments and efforts in more than 50 countries to reach epidemic control.

Due to America’s leadership and private sector philanthropy and innovation, we have saved and improved millions of lives and shifted the HIV/AIDS epidemic from crisis toward control. We are proud to continue our work with many partners, including governments, private-sector companies, philanthropic organizations, multilateral institutions, civil society and faith-based organizations, people living with HIV, and many others.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 1, 2017, as World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and compassion to those living with HIV.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of November, in the year of our Lord twothousandseventeen, and of the Independence of the UnitedStates ofAmerica the twohundred and forty-second.



The proclamation goes out of its way to not mention the  impact of the HIV infection on gay men. But Trump does single out “adolescent girls and young women.”

Today, there are more than 1.2 million people living with HIV and more than 700,000 people with AIDS have died since the beginning of the epidemic many of them gay men.

World AIDS Day – The Genocidal Legacy of Ronald Reagan: We Must NEVER Forget

32 years ago on June 5, 1981, that the Center for Disease Control first published a report on the mysterious epidemic that we have now come to know as AIDS.

And while today Republicans and the Tea Party proudly wallow in the revisionist life history of Ronald Reagan let us, the friends, the family, and the also theRonaldReaganmurderer.PNG victims of this mans bigotry and homophobia remember the truth and continue to shout it from the rooftops so it is never forgotten of the integral part that Ronald Reagan played that killed almost an entire generation of gay men.

Ronald Reagan was and always should be remembered as the President who helped bring back poverty to the masses, the President who changed American foreign policy by selling arms to Iran, and forwarding the profits to right-wing Central American dictators to help fund their death squads, and most of all as the President who is GUILTY of the Genocide and Murder of the gay community and is personally responsible for the deaths of thousands who died of AIDS

Ronald Reagan deliberately ignored one of the deadliest diseases in history of the world which is now affecting over 70+ million people around the globe all in the name of God, bigotry and homophobia.

In 1981 with the emergence of the AIDS epidemic also came the emergence of the Christian Right, who which Reagan ushered into power and seized the moment as a sign of God’s abhorrence for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Reagan, who saw the first signs of the AIDS epidemic in 1981, his first year in office, . said “maybe the Lord brought down the plague because illicit sex is against the Ten Commandments.”

Ronald Reagan may have done laudable things but he was also a monster and, in my estimation, responsible for more deaths than Adolf Hitler. He is one of the persons most responsible for allowing the plague of AIDS to grow from 41 cases in 1981 to over 70 million today. He refused to even say the word out loud for the first seven years of his presidency and when he did speak about it it was with disdain. He was, in the words of his domestic policy adviser, Gary Bauer, “irrevocably opposed to anything having to do with homosexuality” (personal communication with me in his White House office in April of 1983). As I write in my book The Tragedy of Today’s Gays (Penguin, 2005), “I can locate no work of any urgency, or indeed, much work at all, on AIDS” during his entire presidency, thus allowing many millions of gay men all over the world to be exposed to the virus without so much as a warning from anyone in his government. Those of us on the front lines can attest to this stone wall that was unbreachable. – Larry Kramer

AIDS research was chronically under-funded. When doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health asked for more funding for their work on AIDS, they were routinely denied. Between June 1981 and May 1982 the CDC spent less than $1 million on AIDS and $9 million on Legionnaire’s Disease. At that point more than 1,000 of the 2,000 reported AIDS cases resulted in death; there were fewer than 50 deaths from Legionnaire’s Disease. This drastic lack of funding would continue through the Reagan years and help the disease spread and strengthen.

Finally 5 years after the initial outbreak in 1986, Reagan ordered Surgeon General C. Everett Koop to prepare a major government report on AIDS. On that very same day Reagan submitted requests to Congress to reduce the AIDS budget. Koop’s report called for mandatory sex education for children as early as elementary school, but Reagan’s education secretary, William Bennett, and his undersecretary of education, Gary Bauer, strenuously opposed those efforts, calling for abstinence-oriented education.

But Reagan still remained silent about AIDS to the public

Finally near the end of 1986 Reagan requested $85 million for AIDS research, but Congress horrified at the low number bumped that figure up to $244 million only to have Reagan then unsuccessfully try to rescind $50 million of that figure.  Reagan ultimately agreed to Congress’ figure.

In 1986 there were over  31,741 cases of AIDS in Americas

In 1987, Reagan gain proposed cutting the research budget for AIDS down $30 million to $214 million. Congress again responded dramatically and criticised Reagan harshly and raised it to about $400 million. It was that time, only when pushed that Reagan publicly spoke about the AIDS epidemic in a major policy address.

By the end of 1987, 59,572 AIDS cases had been reported and 27,909 of those women and men had died.  And AIDS patients in the United States were dying at a rate of about 80 per week.

Reagan his administration did almost nothing during the first seven years of the epidemic.  AIDS research was chronically underfunded. Community education and prevention programs were routinely denied federal funding and would have been even more so if Regan had had his way. Only when pushed did Reagan offer any assistance.

As Barbra Streisand put it in an address to an AIDS Project Los Angeles fundraiser in 1992: “I will never forgive my fellow actor Ronald Reagan for his genocidal denial of the illness’ existence, for his refusal to even utter the word AIDS for seven years, and for blocking adequate funding for research and education which could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives.”

One of the most memorable and disgusting Reagan AIDS moments was at the 1986 centenary re dedication of the Statue of Liberty. The Reagan’s were there sitting next to the French Prime Minister and his wife, Francois and Danielle Mitterrand and Bob Hope was on stage entertaining the all-star audience. In the middle of a series of one-liners, Hope quipped, “I just heard that the Statue of Liberty has AIDS, but she doesn’t know if she got it from the mouth of the Hudson or the Staten Island Fairy.” As the television camera panned the audience, the Mitterrand’s looked appalled. Ronald and Nancy Reagan were laughing.

At that time nearly, 115,786 women and men had been diagnosed with AIDS in the United States– and more than 70,000 of them had died.

Ronald Reagan died on June 5th 2004.

Within 3 years of Reagan’s death the Center of Disease Control in 2007 would estimates the cumulative number of deaths of persons with AIDS in the U.S. to be 583,298, including children.

How many of these victims our LGBT family, our friends, our lovers, our brothers and our sisters would be alive today if Ronald Reagan had acted as not only a President but a human being should have in the midst of that deadly epidemic is unknown.  But with proper funding and aggressive research and treatments when the AIDS epidemic reared its ugly head would have made a great difference and many of those we have lost would be with us today.

On this World AIDS Day let us not forget Ronald Reagan’s role in the genocide of hundreds of thousands of or brothers in our community, and let us never forget.

I say the following the every fiber and the very being of my soul.

May Ronald Reagan rot in hell for all eternity.

President Barack Obama Issues 2012 World AIDS Day Statement

“Today, we reflect on the strides we have taken toward overcoming HIV/AIDS, honor those who have made our progress possible, and keep in our thoughts all those who have known the devastating consequences of this illness. The road toward an AIDS-free generation is long — but as we mark this important observance, let us also remember that if we move forward every day with the same passion, persistence, and drive that has brought us this far, we can reach our goal. We can beat this disease. On World AIDS Day, in memory of those no longer with us and in solidarity with all who carry on the fight, let us pledge to make that vision a reality.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim December 1, 2012, as World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and comfort to those living with this disease.” – President Obama.

BBC’s Response to Their Lack of World AIDS Day Coverage

On December first I was both shocked and severely disappointed by the lack of overage about World AIDS Day by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) in the UK. I was particularly appalled to see that there was not even a MENTION of World AIDS Day in their much-viewed 6pm news programme. So much so that I did something quite out of the ordinary for me and wrote a complaint. It went as follows: (Please note that there was a word limit, and I was quite angry at the time so it is possibly not the most coherent thing I’ve ever written)

Dear BBC,
With HIV/AIDS as the biggest disease to face the world in over 600 years; to have claimed 25 million lives; and to be currently infecting over 34 million people, I find it astounding that you failed to even mention it during your news coverage this evening on World AIDS Day.
As someone who, like many others across the UK and abroad, uses the BBC as my main news source due to its respectable and accurate coverage, I had much higher expectations from you. Your recent articles on your website have been excellent, however, only those who are already interested [in HIV/AIDS issues] will have read them. Not only do I feel that World AIDS Day is extremely worthy of at least a mention in its own right, there was ample news coverage that could have been used for a news story. Obama addressing the world alongside Bush, Clinton, Bono and others for example is surely a significant occasion to be noted.
Furthermore, I have failed to notice ONE person on the BBC today wearing a red ribbon to mark the occasion. Holding a unique position to reach millions of people across the country, I expected the BBC to have taken their responsibility to educate the nation about this extremely pressing issue much more seriously. Now is the time to make people act against this global pandemic and the BBC should be playing its part.
I would appreciate if you strongly considered your lack of action of this issue.
Peter Thomas

They duly responded a few days later:

Dear Mr Thomas
Thanks for your contact about ‘BBC News at Six’ on 1 December.
Whilst I was pleased to read of your appreciation for online coverage of World Aids Day, I appreciate you had concerns with regards to coverage during news broadcasts.  I also note your comments about presenters not wearing a red ribbon to mark the day.
On BBC One on 1 December, throughout the broadcast, World Aids day was covered, this happened at 06.00, 07.00 and 08.00 and on BBC News Channel there was a full report broadcast at 10.00. On BBC Radio 4’s flagship ‘Today’ programme, an in depth report on World Aids Day was also broadcast.
Choosing the stories to include in our bulletins; the order in which they appear and the length of time devoted to them is a subjective matter and one which we know not every viewer will feel we get right every time. Factors such as whether it is news that has just come in and needs immediate coverage, how unusual the story is and how much national interest there is in the subject matter will all play a part in deciding the level of coverage and where it falls within a bulletin. Essentially this is a judgement call rather than an exact science but BBC News does appreciate the feedback when viewers feel we may have overlooked or neglected a story.  I can assure you that we appreciate your feedback and your comments including those relating to the wearing of red ribbons, have been fully registered on our audience log.
This log is made available to all members of the BBC, including the ‘News at Six’ team and senior BBC management. This ensures that your comments and others we receive are considered across the BBC.
Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.
Kind Regards
BBC Complaints

Whilst I was very happy to receive a response from them, I remain unsatisfied by its content. I was particularly frustrated that one of the reason World AIDS Day was not covered in evening broadcasts was due to “how much national interest there is in the subject matter”. As I noted in my complaint – the whole idea of reporting about World AIDS Day was to INCREASE awareness, after all, there is no need to preach to the converted.

I sincerely hope that they have actually noted the angry reaction of myself and many others – I know I was not alone in tweeting at BBC accounts on the day about their lack of red ribbons.

On a side note: not that I am in the spirit of encouraging competition between TV channels, I was very happy to see that contestants on ITV’s XFactor were wearing red ribbons despite it being December 2nd. Perhaps they had caught wind of the complaints the BBC were receiving? That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.