Let me start this by saying I generally like Rich’s work and value his opinion. Let me also say that I’m a liberal who finds the trend toward shutting down of conversation by liberals to problematic at best, and an attack on a core liberal value at worst.
That said - I think the conversation around Quinto’s statements aren’t a good example of what that phenomenon. In his original quote, he said in no uncertain terms, that laziness was a factor in HIV transmission. I’m sorry, but that is horseshit. It’s that kind of stigmatizing language that makes the HIV crisis more difficult, not easier.
There’s a great piece in the Guardian today explaining some basics about that stigma: