You may remember some comments that Zachary made last year, regarding the growing use of HIV preventative measures such as Prep and Truvuda and their use by gay men.
At the time, Zachary said: “I think there’s a tremendous sense of complacency in the LGBT community. AIDS has lost the edge of horror it possessed when it swept through the world in the ’80s. Today’s generation sees it more as something to live with and something to be much less fearful of. And that comes with a sense of – dare I say – laziness.”
This was met with quite a bit of backlash, and the actor responded to the comments at the time and moved to deny the accusations of “internalised homophobia”. Now, though, he has spoken again on his comments and the criticism he received.
“Look, I just think we need to be vigilant as a community and a community of gay men. It was not my intention to judge anybody or to rankle anybody, or to put myself in some kind of superior position by any means. I think if people use PrEP as part of a responsible regimen of taking care of themselves and preserving their bodies and their well-being and the well-being of the people they’re having sex with, then more power to them.”
“There was this thing that I was ‘slut-shaming.’ Anybody who knows me knows that that is the last thing I would ever do. I just think that we can’t let our guard down.”
“I’m old enough to understand how absolutely horrific and decimating that time was. And I think I was speaking more to [infection rates being the same now as in the past].”
Zachary apparently intended his comments as a reminder to people of that earlier time, as well as an effort to “honor the people we lost, an entire generation of men, and to be responsible to who we are and how we relate to one another, how we take care of each other. That’s all I was trying to talk about. I wasn’t trying to heap any judgment on anybody.”