So as soon as I got home from seeing Milk, I rushed to my computer to see if Anita's still alive.
31 years ago that woman was a hot mess, starting trouble where there didn't need to be any. 31 years ago my 1st daughter was born, so I wasn't paying as close attention to politics as I do now, hence my need for Google's assistance.
Was Bryant's religious crusade against homosexuals the beginning of the fundamentalist Christians' political activism? I don't recall there being a previous onslaught.
Anita made her fame as pitch woman for Florida o.j., up until a boycott of her juice, led by homosexual activists across this nation, caused juice sales to dry up @ which point the juice folks dropped her like a hot potato.
One of the central tenets of La Bryant's anti-gay fear mongering was that, because homosexuals don't reproduce, they are reduced to recruiting "our children".
Harvey Milk opened many of his rallies with "I'm here to recruit you." So, thanks Anita, for a cool rallying cry.
Too bad about your losing your lucrative o.j. endorsement and - boo hoo - your record & book sales vanishing into thin air and your having to declare bankruptcy. All that financial stress, not to mention bad press, led to your divorcing your husband. (It barely took a New York minute for La Bryant's fundamendalist fans to drop her upon learning she divorced her hubby.)
Milk's a good movie.
I hope that Milk serves as a call to action.
Get up off your duffs people, run for local office, help someone running for office. Just do it. Harvey Milk lost THREE times before being elected.
I'm here to recruit you.