With all the respectful articles timed to World AIDS Day now a week behind us, it’s time for some humor to be injected into the solemnity. Of course, there’s no one better qualified than Sherry Vine. The most fearless and raunchy drag queen on the planet has just released “Truvada,” a very topical number about HIV prevention meds sung to tune of “True Colors.” Be aware that you will never hear Cyndi Lauper’s poignant classic in quite the same way again.
“When I got the idea, I started texting Josh (Rosenzweig, creative producer for the clip) and his boyfriend Karl asking, ‘Can we really do this?’ and we all thought why not as long as it is not preachy or condemning anyone for their choices,” Vine told Queerty. “And then upon further discussion we realized we could actually open a dialogue about this very complex topic using our brand of humor.”
Vine said she then wrote the lyrics and recorded the track, while Rosenzweig worked on the concept and storyboarded the outline for the video and Francis Legge directed it.
“Sherry and I have worked together on dozens of projects together over the course of 20-plus years, from plays, to films to TV shows and, of course, music videos,” Rosenzweig added. “Albeit the majority of them fall in the comedy category and they all had some subtle underlying message or idea that reflects what was happening in the world at that time. And this is another one of those projects.”
Watch it below (be advised again that, depending on where you work, it’s probably not considered office-friendly).