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Righteous Deniability In Angels In America

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Roy Cohn’s dialogue at the doctor’s office upon his AIDS diagnosis draws my attention to discuss the theme of righteous deniability in Angels In America. What I meant by that term is the ability of a person to deny a diagnosis or an accusation due to their powerful position and/or belief of being morally justifiable. I see the way Tony Kushner introduces a real lawyer during McCarthy era as a point of contact for the right wing “righteous” audience who may view homosexuality as a social disease during the time period of the play. In real life, Cohn was a prominent figure for the Lavender Scare in the 50s where the United States government went for a witch hunt and mass fired homosexuals. A hypocritical act from Cohn as he was regularly seen
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