History Headscratchers / Rent

27th Jun '17 1:38:46 AM DoctorNemesis
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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the nerve to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings, given that her own house isn't exactly in order in this regard. After all, well-meant and on-point it may be, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with issues around recklessness (and, not that he at that point knows, also has HIV/AIDS as well) is perhaps not the best person to be acting as a life-coach offering unsolicited and unwanted advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them. Especially when that life-advice is essentially "Hey, you know what's gonna fix all your problems? Getting absolutely fucked up on heroin with me!"

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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the nerve to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings, given that her own house isn't exactly in order in this regard. After all, well-meant and on-point it may be, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with issues around recklessness (and, not that he at that point knows, also has HIV/AIDS as well) is perhaps not the best person to be acting as a life-coach offering unsolicited and unwanted advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them. Especially when that life-advice is essentially "Hey, you know what's gonna fix all your problems? Getting absolutely fucked up on heroin with me!"
me!" After all, Roger himself notes that if Mimi really had the answers that she claims she does, she probably wouldn't be on heroin in the first place ("if you're so wise then tell me, why do you need smack?").
27th Jun '17 1:33:21 AM DoctorNemesis
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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the nerve to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings, given that her own house isn't exactly in order in this regard. After all, well-meant and on-point it may be, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with issues around recklessness (and, not that he at that point knows, also has HIV/AIDS as well) is perhaps not the best person to be acting as a life-coach offering unsolicited and unwanted advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them.

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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the nerve to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings, given that her own house isn't exactly in order in this regard. After all, well-meant and on-point it may be, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with issues around recklessness (and, not that he at that point knows, also has HIV/AIDS as well) is perhaps not the best person to be acting as a life-coach offering unsolicited and unwanted advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them. \n Especially when that life-advice is essentially "Hey, you know what's gonna fix all your problems? Getting absolutely fucked up on heroin with me!"
26th Jun '17 12:25:41 AM DoctorNemesis
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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the nerve to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings, given that her own house isn't exactly in order in this regard. After all, well-meant and on-point it may be, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with HIV/AIDS and issues around recklessness is perhaps not the best person to be acting as a life-coach offering unsolicited and unwanted advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them.

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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the nerve to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings, given that her own house isn't exactly in order in this regard. After all, well-meant and on-point it may be, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with HIV/AIDS and issues around recklessness (and, not that he at that point knows, also has HIV/AIDS as well) is perhaps not the best person to be acting as a life-coach offering unsolicited and unwanted advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them.
26th Jun '17 12:22:16 AM DoctorNemesis
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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the nerve to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings, given that her own house isn't exactly in order in this regard. After all, well-meant it may be, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with HIV/AIDS and issues around recklessness is perhaps not the best person to be acting as a life-coach offering unsolicited and unwanted advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them.

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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the nerve to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings, given that her own house isn't exactly in order in this regard. After all, well-meant and on-point it may be, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with HIV/AIDS and issues around recklessness is perhaps not the best person to be acting as a life-coach offering unsolicited and unwanted advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them.
26th Jun '17 12:21:13 AM DoctorNemesis
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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the presumption to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings. After all, well-meant it may be, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with HIV/AIDS and issues around recklessness is perhaps not the best person to be offering unsolicited and unwanted life-improvement advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them.

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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the presumption nerve to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings. feelings, given that her own house isn't exactly in order in this regard. After all, well-meant it may be, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with HIV/AIDS and issues around recklessness is perhaps not the best person to be acting as a life-coach offering unsolicited and unwanted life-improvement advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them.
26th Jun '17 12:19:18 AM DoctorNemesis
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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the presumption to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings. After all, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with HIV/AIDS is perhaps not the best person to be offering unsolicited and unwanted life-improvement advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them.

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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the presumption to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings. After all, well-meant it may be, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with HIV/AIDS and issues around recklessness is perhaps not the best person to be offering unsolicited and unwanted life-improvement advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them.
26th Jun '17 12:17:53 AM DoctorNemesis
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** He might also be chafing a bit at Mimi having the presumption to lecture him on how he should live his life and cope with his feelings. After all, a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted stripper with HIV/AIDS is perhaps not the best person to be offering unsolicited and unwanted life-improvement advice on what people are doing wrong with their lives and how they should go about fixing them.
26th Jun '17 12:00:56 AM DoctorNemesis
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** It's possible (perhaps even likely) he and his wife are infected, and that this is FridgeBrilliance. After all, it's fair to argue that people only really started to pay attention to and take serious action against HIV/AIDS when it began to spread into the 'normal' and 'respectable' (i.e. straight, middle-class etc.) community that Benny is used to represent, and it had to get there somehow. And, of course, [[Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice Everyone has AIDS]].

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** It's possible (perhaps even likely) he and his wife are infected, and that this is FridgeBrilliance. After all, it's fair to argue that people only really started to pay attention to and take serious action against HIV/AIDS when it began to spread into the 'normal' and 'respectable' (i.e. straight, middle-class middle-class, non-drug abusing etc.) community that Benny is used to represent, and it had to get there somehow. And, of course, [[Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice Everyone has AIDS]].
** And, of course, [[Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice Everyone has AIDS]].
25th Jun '17 11:53:58 PM DoctorNemesis
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** It's possible (perhaps even likely) he and his wife are infected, and that this is FridgeBrilliance. After all, people only really started to pay attention to and take action against HIV/AIDS when it began to spread into the 'normal' and 'respectable' (i.e. straight, middle-class etc.) community that Benny is used to represent, and it had to get there somehow. And, of course, [[Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice Everyone has AIDS]].

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** It's possible (perhaps even likely) he and his wife are infected, and that this is FridgeBrilliance. After all, it's fair to argue that people only really started to pay attention to and take serious action against HIV/AIDS when it began to spread into the 'normal' and 'respectable' (i.e. straight, middle-class etc.) community that Benny is used to represent, and it had to get there somehow. And, of course, [[Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice Everyone has AIDS]].
25th Jun '17 11:51:49 PM DoctorNemesis
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** Given that this is a musical, we can perhaps simply make some ArtisticLicense allowances for the healing powers of music and love.






** Not really. The extent of her interactions with Roger prior to the two finding out about each other's AIDS was playfully flirting with him and imploring him to take her out. The fact that she keeps her AZT and beeper on her at all times would probably mean she intended to bring up the fact that she had AIDS before anything sexual occured.

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** Not really. The extent of her interactions with Roger prior to the two finding out about each other's AIDS was playfully flirting with him and imploring him to take her out. The fact that she keeps her AZT and beeper on her at all times would probably mean she intended to bring up the fact that she had AIDS before anything sexual occured.occurred.



** Mimi's kind of a hedonist / nihilist in terms of her relationship with her condition. Her recklessness is simply part of her character and her attempt to cope with her lot in life.






** It's also simply part of Mimi's character. She's reckless and doesn't really give much thought to (or actively avoids thinking about) the consequences of her actions.






** It's possible (perhaps even likely) he and his wife are infected, and that this is FridgeBrilliance. After all, people only really started to pay attention to and take action against HIV/AIDS when it began to spread into the 'normal' and 'respectable' (i.e. straight, middle-class etc.) community that Benny is used to represent, and it had to get there somehow. And, of course, [[Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice Everyone has AIDS]].



















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** Same reasons anyone cheats on their significant other, I suppose. Given the characters, I'd imagine that Benny likes the idea of sleeping with a hot stripper, Mimi just throws caution to the wind and sleeps with the rich guy, and the relationship is probably based mainly on great sex more than anything else.




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** Some of this might also come down to behind-the-scenes issues; the playwright died just before the play actually opened, and many of these inconsistencies may have been caught and ironed out over the process of running the play before it reached Broadway.







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** In addition to the low-paid nature of a surprising amount of academic work, in this (academically-employed) troper's experience, a lot of academics also tend to be rather inclined towards the counter-culture and bohemian lifestyles as well (particularly those in the philosophy[=/=]humanities areas, as Collins is IIRC).
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