Late night talk show host James Corden says that he sent President Trump nearly 300 copies of the movie “Philadelphia” after reports the commander in chief “doesn’t care” about HIV or AIDS.
The CBS host said this week on his show “The Late Late Show with James Corden” that, after hearing that six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS had resigned, penning a joint letter titled “Trump doesn’t care about HIV. We’re outta here,” he thought about what made him start to care about the issue.
“Most of what I know I learned from the movie ‘Philadelphia,’” Corden said, holding up a copy of the film. “It was the first time I had ever seen anything about this disease on television, and as I learned more I started to care more about it.”
“And I was thinking today, I was thinking maybe that’s the problem,” Corden continued. “Maybe Donald Trump doesn’t care because he’s never seen ‘Philadelphia.’”
The award-winning 1993 drama stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington in one of the first mainstream depictions of the immunodeficient disorder.
Corden said he and his team bought 297 copies of the movie — as many as they could find — and shipped them to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
“We hope that if Trump watches ‘Philadelphia,’ he’ll understand two things,” Corden said. “One: Tom Hanks definitely deserved that Oscar. And number two, we hope that he’ll 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.”
The six former members of the advisory council said Trump has taken steps harmful to those with HIV-AIDS, such as not appointing someone to lead the White House Office of National AIDS policy and pulling the office’s website down the day he entered office.