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"Full House" actor compares "Pose" as "Glee with a viral load"

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Former child actor Blake McIver had the Twitter-verse jamming up his comments section after he compared the hit drama "Pose" about drag culture, as "Glee" with HIV. 

"So POSE is just Glee with a viral load now?" he wrote on Thursday morning most likely in response to a recent Pose episode which dealt with a lead character and his struggle with the disease at a time when HIV was taking people's lives and the public was ignorant to its power. 

Strangely McIver's insensitive post, as well as his Twitter account, have been removed but not before accruing nearly 800 responses with a majority of them being negative. 

One of those came from HIV activist, educator and writer Mark S. King who responded:

"I have #HIV antibodies older than you, sir, and never in my life has punching down been hilarious -- or a good career move. That sound you hear is you tumbling down the Hollywood alphabet. #GoodbyeDList."

McIver appeared on television as a child in "Full House," and recently played a role in Del Shores' "A Very Sordid Wedding."

The actor is no stranger to social media bad form. Back in January, he made a statement in response to writer Ira Madison III criticism of Rent: Live, calling Madison an "opportunistic fa**ot," and insinuating that Madison would drug him if he got the chance. 

The whole rant apparently put McIver on watch with the social media platform which he quickly addressed. 

"Seriously. I’m in “twitter jail” cause I put some talentless influencers on blast tonight. Whatever, my friends (like you) can actually sing and act and have something to contribute!"

He eventually issued an apology blaming the outburst on a mental health issue. He says he suffers from manic depression. 

Although his latest remark is disguised as a pithy joke, the words only contribute to the stigma of those living with the disease, something Mark S. King has dedicated his life to irradicate. 

I asked King to expound further on his assessment of McIver's post.

"I think my twitter response was good but I will add this," said King. "The guy is guilty of bad taste, and maybe of having a moment of temporary idiocy. I've heard far worse directed at people living with HIV. But I do hope he is teachable. Hopefully, the response to his tweet will give him pause and he will learn something about HIV stigma."