James Corden Is Sending Donald Trump 297 Copies Of One Movie To School Him On The HIV/AIDS Crisis

We "can never afford to ignore” this.

On The Late Late Show Tuesday night, James Corden revealed that he was sending President Trump 297 copies of the movie Philadelphia to educate him on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This comes after six of the 18 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) resigned stating that Trump "simply does not care" about HIV/AIDS.

Corden credited the 1993 movie Philadelphia starring Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks as the first time he had really heard about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and learned about the disease. And the wonderful thing about it is that Corden said the more he learned, the more he cared

"Maybe that's the problem: maybe Donald Trump 'doesn't care' because he's never seen Philadelphia," Corden added, tongue-in-cheek.

In the movie, Hanks plays Andrew Beckett, a lawyer of a prestigious law firm that is fired because of his HIV status, and hires Washington's character Joe Miller — a homophobic, small-time lawyer — to advocate his wrongful dismissal lawsuit. There are layers of underlying issues, including discrimination, that are represented in Philadelphia, but the major issue at that time was society's ignorance about HIV/AIDS.

After failed attempts to contact the White House and ask to send copies of the movie there, Corden decided to take another angle. Instead of the White House, he sent 297 copies of Philadelphia to Trump's Mar-a-Lago hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. Why 297 copies, you ask? Because that's the most James Corden and his crew could find and buy — 21 from Amazon, 210 from one Barnes & Noble, 50 from another B&N, and 16 more from yet another B&N. Corden's message to President Trump was, "We hope that [you will] realize that HIV and AIDS is something that you, or any president of the United States or any world leader for that matter, can never afford to ignore."

Corden also brought up an important issue: people don't know the statics surrounding HIV/AIDS and one of the reasons for that, as Corden points out is, "HIV and AIDS … it still carries a stigma for many people … and they don't want to talk about it … and if you don't talk about it, it makes it easy to ignore." Some of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS efforts are to educate people, raise awareness, and to fund efforts in antiviral therapy and treatments, making them more readily available to everyone living with HIV/AIDS.


Check out Corden's monologue below:

HIV/AIDS Facts and Statistics:

More than 1.1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. According to the 2015 statistics from the World Health Organization, 36.7 million people are living with HIV in the world, but only 18.2 million are receiving antiviral treatment as of mid-2016. Corden pointed out that 60 percent of people living with HIV do not have access to antiviral therapy or treatment. He also highlighted the fact that of the 36.7 million people living with HIV worldwide, 2 million of those people are children under the age of 15.

For more information about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an in-depth 2015 report showing the cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by diagnosis and selected characteristics. We could stand to be more like James Corden in the sense that the more we learn, the more we care, and can do our part to help, or at least spread awareness.


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