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Twitter Goes Crazy Over This High School’s Twist On Their Production of ‘Rent’

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AIDS became WHAT?!

In the 1980s, America and much of the world were dealing with the mysterious, horrific, and fatal AIDS epidemic. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, soon became one of the most politicized diseases in history. Initially believed to only afflict gay members of the population, it was years before the American government even acknowledged the existence of the disease and the lives it was taking. Although AIDS has since been identified and treatments have been discovered, needless to say, it was a significant time in not only American history but in world history.

Even if you don’t know much about AIDS, you’ve probably heard of the Broadway musical RENT. The play tells the story of a group of friends living in New York City in the early 1990s, many of whom are dealing with an AIDS diagnosis. Because of the political nature of the disease and its stigmatic affiliation with gay men and drug users, it should be easy to see why it’s such a significant part of the plot of the musical.

Despite its significance to the plot and message of the show, apparently AIDS was just too political for one high school. They decided to put on the controversial musical, while taking out all of the controversy. Not cool.

The silver lining? The school’s absurd decision to remove AIDS from the story lead to some pretty awkward and hilarious changes. Needless to say, Twitter is going wild for it.

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