Nicholson: 'Aids Is A Fascist Weapon'
Jack Nicholson has shockingly accused fascists of using sexually transmitted diseases as a weapon to "repress sensuality". The notoriously highly sexed actor, who has allegedly slept with 2,000 women, believes the discovery of AIDS signalled the end of the "free" world he so loved. And, controversially, he mourns the era of 'free love' he once knew. He says, "In my lifetime, from World War II on, life got freer and freer until herpes, then Aids. That was the end - ask any bar owner. Once this idea that you can die from sex got into people's heads, it became a weapon in the hands of stiff, erect, martinet father/parent fascists to repress sensuality. "When you start doing that, society gets rigid, and social life as I knew it was over, fast. I loved that era, and it's gone. Everything is about infections now. Anybody under 30 has never known the freedom I knew. They're frightened. They have no idea about alternative lifestyles. "Freedom's never been part of the air they breathe. Naturally, I reacted differently to this fear of freedom, because it's a fear of feeling. I'm not talking about being profligate with sex and drugs. Fear of freedom is a withholding of love, and it's unyielding."