Readers who need COVID to help them fully empathise with the AIDS crisis for the first time? I ask because the majority of those who buy the Guardian are over 50; in other words, people who lived through it. The news media was the ringmaster: a world of us (or “we”) and them (the filthy AIDS people). The Sun’s headline blared: “It’s A Sin viewers shocked by drama’s explicit sex”. In the same week, the paper described the much more explicit heterosexual rutting in Bridgerton as simply “the hottest sex scenes ever”.