Y&R: RIP Kristoff St John in Discuss The Soaps: Archive (2018 - 2020) Posted February 6, 2019 23 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said: In some ways it was worse, considering the relatively brief time vs. the lasting damage the characterization and storyline did. Marshall Traver was the first black man in ATWT's history who was allowed to show unbridled sexuality. As much as I loved Detective Roy Franklin, the show made him lose Jessica's affections to Duncan McKechnie (a character who was allowed to be ultra-masculine, highly sexual, wild, mysterious and yes, a bit dangerous) and people kept complaining about how boring they thought safe Ben Harris was and similar to Neil/KSJ, many began to equate this somehow with the fault of the actor, rather than the writing. Making Marshall a rapist sent a very clear message that not only was it dangerous to show that type of open sexuality in a black man but, if it involved a highly educated, refined and savvy black man--that type of unrestrained sexuality was downright criminal and had to be met with the ultimate form of punishment. You never had another black character on the show with that type of agency for the rest of the show's run. The damage was irreversible. This is about a completely different type of show, but some years back I read an article about Eric Monte and What's Happening!! and how the character Rerun came to be. According to him a pilot of Cooley High was not green lit because the character of Cochise was too handsome and they didn't want the white female audience developing crushes, so the show was retooled and Rerun was created in that character's place. So black men actually being appealing on television was and to a certain extent still is a problem.