While Danny said he appreciated that Back home “Really focused on my mental health journey,” he argued, it didn’t just do his own story a favor, but also those who came before him.
“What I want to hear more than anything is that it was a failure to honor their own previous work and Pedro Zamora“, said Danny, “which was so important and forgotten.”
Pedro appeared on The Real World: San Francisco in 1994 and became one of the first openly gay men living with HIV to be seen on television. Zamora died of an AIDS-related illness on November 11, 1994 at the age of 22, just hours after the Real World: San Francisco broadcast final.
In a statement to Los Angeles TimesBunim/Murray Productions—the production company responsible for The real world– responded to Danny’s allegations that the HIV storyline was cut, saying he “has never been shy about sharing stories about HIV and AIDS” since the franchise’s inception in 1992.
“The Back home The series ultimately focused on Danny’s mental health journey,” a statement from Bunim/Murray said, “which he shared publicly with all of his former roommates for the first time.”