Cirque Fired HIV Positive Gymnast

Last year Cirque du Soleil fired an HIV positive performer because they believed that he was a heath risk to other performers, crew members, and the audience. I’ve only been to one Cirque du Soleil show, but I must have missed the part of the act that involved group sex and needle sharing.

Cirque du Soleil spokeswoman Renee-Claude Menard said the company regretted firing Cusick and blamed the decision on ignorance.

“We didn’t have all the knowledge on what HIV is and how it’s transmitted,” Menard said. “We were very genuine in saying that we wanted him back. He could’ve done so much to raise awareness.”


I’m suprised that such ignorance still exists in today’s society. Too bad we can’t make the religious right, who has spread many of these HIV/AIDS myths, also pay.

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